My rating: 5 of 5 stars
For an enemies-to-lovers story, this one is fairly gruesome and unpropitious. Severe emotions and deeply dark motifs left me aghast nearly every chapter.
And by the gods, I enjoyed this book so much! SO FREAKING MUCH!
Imagine a future, post-apocalyptic reality weakened by war and shattered as a symptom of one man’s jockey for world-wide control. Now imagine being a young woman practically raised in the flames of his destruction. And after imagining ALL that, what kind of creature would you be when you collide with the fire-starter: a phoenix of new beginnings or a hellhound of revenge?
The story is fast-paced and saturated with thought-provoking scenarios. The author twirls around cliches, like a professional dancer, determined to give YA
(MAYBE NEW ADULT – I FEEL LIKE THE SEXY SCENES MAKE THIS NEW ADULT) readers the wonderful thrill of being swept up by the music of her words, and skillfully leading her audience through ominous pathways. I was so taken with the storyline. As I followed along with Serenity’s version of events (a majority of the story is told from her POV), I couldn’t help but feel like her future was constantly shifting with every decision made. I feel like she knew that too. We were stepping into the unknown together, in a world that no longer had rules, made up of inhumane people and comprised of an amoral society constantly shifting to meet the whims of their new king forcing young, ferocious Serenity to build herself in a place that cannot bare to maintain her foundation.
I think people that want fluff and hidden perfection should stay away from this book. There’s nothing wrong with loving bad boys that have secretly been good the whole time. Shooooooot, I happen to love the fallen angel characterization that YA authors seem to favor lately. But the nefarious creature that lives inside me absolutely needed a book like this. It’s a twisted plot with complex characters, and what makes it even better is the dystopian setting. I’ve heard that a villain is the hero of their own story, and that truth is extremely applicable here.
Clever, original and heart-breaking, I just couldn’t stop myself from devouring this book and immediately starting the next one.