I'm going to start off and say I almost didn't buy this book. With everything happening with Passengers (issues of consent, rape culture, etc), I was 99.99% sure I didn't want to read a story whose description explicitly states from the male POV that "the day I let her go, I set down a path for her. A path to me." BUT... the only reason I'd even heard about the book was a recommendation of an author friend... and my curiosity got the better of me.
This is clearly the better written, vanilla version of Fifty Shades of Grey because it has a rich business man who is obsessed with a girl right out of college, wants her to be his intern, wants to make her his, and isn't above stalking and controlling her in classic abusive style that should raise every red-flag, but somehow gets a rep for being romantic in a romance novel.
I hate to start off negatively in a review, but given how strongly I feel about this one point, I'm putting it here: this book lost 1 star because of how icky I felt at the end of reading this book. Let me clarify a bit: every disagreement these two characters had ended up with the guy basically kissing the girl to shut her up. And when I was younger, I thought that alpha-type behavior was hot (and sometimes I still do when it's done sparingly and it's clear that it's not an expression of male superiority), but as I've grown older and understand better what that means about the dynamic of the relationship and how it undermines the woman's autonomy and validity of her opinions, I can't really enjoy a story filled with that behavior.
What was an enjoyable with good characters (individually), but not anything extraordinary, this book should have gotten 2 stars, but instead only gets 1.
I hate that I'm saying this given how much I originally loved this series, and especially the last 2 books (Max, my favorite, and Fang), but I did not like this book.
Angel had been slowly getting on my nerves more and more after the first book, but she started really bothering me in The Final Warning and almost every book after it. Having this whole book about her becoming a bigger pain in Max's side was too much for me to handle.
You probably know by now how much I loved The Golden Compass, and how I still liked The Subtle Knife but wasn't a huge fan of the religious overtones. Well, this book was mostly religious overtones with some of the action from the first book, and a lot the drag from the second. I hate to say this, given how much some people liked this book, but I did not like the conclusion to Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.
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