Review: The Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight #3)

The Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight, #3)

 

I can now happily mark this series off of my TBR list. I feel proud of myself as this final book was pushing 500 pages. I still do not believe it should have been that long of a book and I’ll get into that. Was it good? MEH. I’m underwhelmed when it came to the final book. It went on much, much longer than it should have.

Short recap: Echo, the Firebird, is in a race to save the world from Tanith, who is the vessel for the shadows.

My overall feelings towards this entire series are MEH at best. The first book blew me away, while the second was alright, and the third was struggling. I kept feeling more and more like I was reading another version of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. That’s awful, I know but the similarities between the two are just so strong. That being said, the story felt as if it wasn’t sure what it wanted to be. It didn’t feel very flushed out or developed. There are chapters and chapters where nothing happens. Not a thing. There are pointless conversations about food or long-winded descriptions of buildings. Two things should have been put in place of these gaps: 1) Nothing. Delete those suckers and move on. 2) Character development! *GASP* Who would have thought?! There are times that fighting or training stops so the characters can figure out their feelings for each other. WHAT? What is happening?! Good question! Why stuff 500 pages into this book with pointless similes and love triangles if you aren’t going to have these characters do anything worthwhile?! Oh yes, multiple love triangles. They are all annoying and will cause you to groan.

Here is the other very large thing that annoyed the snot out of me: this book is one giant simile. I would bet my book collection that if you took those pointless similes out, the final page number would shrink to almost half of its current size. Bet. Grey had to have spent a considerable amount of time thinking of phrases to use to compare everything to something else. “He jumped back from a ghost, like he was being scared at a Halloween haunted house.” Insert eye roll here. Give me a break. Pointless, unnecessary, and it certainly does not add anything to the story.

Let’s talk about the severe lack of character development. There was none. BOOM. These characters were the exact same as they were in book 2, which was disappointing. Echo has been through so much yet she was still the same petulant child from the start of the series. OH WAIT. MY BAD. There’s now a LOVE TRIANGLE that she’s in the middle of! Who does she love? Answer: Who cares. It’s a watered down romance at best. No gushy feels, no swoony moments, nothing to write home about. Remember the now bad person Tanith? Well, she is left alone a good majority of this story. She’s doing her thing with no effort on Echo or her team to find her. Jasper and Dorian kiss a couple of times, are angsty about it, then kiss some more. I have nothing to say about the rest of the characters because nothing happens. We do not ever find out what happens to the other characters – Ivy, Helios, the Ala, or anyone else – because they aren’t talked about. Don’t expect a resolution because it won’t happen.

I’m sure there is no need for me to talk about the (lack of a) plot within this story. The action scenes are far too few so it draws the story out to the point of near boredom. I wanted to DNF several times but forced myself to finish. Why? Just so I could say I did finish. I almost regret this. There are so many topics that were introduced, talked about a couple of times, then never mentioned again. It all made me confused and angry. Why give me so much information that had a lot of potential, only to not do anything with it? Was it all just for page fillers? I hope not but that is how it came across. The ending was practically a joke. It was completely predictable and very unfulfilling. I waited a long time to finish this series after such a strong start and I feel so let down. I will probably continue to read Grey’s books but I will be very hesitant. If you enjoyed this, I am happy for you and wish I could share in your excitement. This series proved that not every book is for every reader.

 

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Review: The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight #2)

The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight, #2)

 

 

This audiobook sat in my library for nearly a year. Why did I suddenly listen to it? The third book was available and I figured I would finally listen to the books I have. Sadly, this was very predictable and not overly exciting.

This was me during and after this story:

 

(Very) short recap: Echo is now the Firebird, Caius is the former Drakharin Prince who has lost everything, and the Avicen & Drakharin are officially at war.

There! You are all caught up now. This book suffered the dreaded Middle Book Syndrome in the worst way possible. A good portion of this really long story is spent to building relationships and very slowly giving information about what is coming in Book 3… but honestly it doesn’t reveal much of anything. At all. Nada. Basically I’m trying to say this book was boring. I kept waiting for something to happen but it never did. Sure, there were some “fight scenes” (and I did mean to use quotes) but they were weaksauce at best. It felt like Grey was told to include some battles to remind the readers that the two races were actually at war. With that being said, the tone of the book somewhat shifted from serious (like Book 1) into trying to be funny and snarky. It missed the mark. Big time. It read more like forced humor than anything. It all left me confused because I felt I was missing the actual tone of the story. Sounds weird, right? Let me try to explain better: Echo is now the proclaimed Firebird but she would rather walk around being the snarky teen who verbally picks on people every chance she gets. I didn’t jive with that so much.

The cast of characters in Book 2 also felt like they were trying too hard. The chapters were told from alternating POVs but you didn’t know whose chapter was who’s until they started talking. Sometimes it would switch in the middle of the chapter. Talk about confusing! It did not take long to realize that this book is heavy-Jasper. If you are looking for more Jasper in your life, here you go! There is a long and I’m sure confusing way I could describe what was going on but I’ll spare you all of those details. The short version is that Jasper is drawn emotionally to Dorian and hopes he loves him in return, all while Jasper hopes his ex (Quinn) is in the picture. This storyline itself felt like it didn’t belong in the story. I thought this was supposed to be about Echo and her destiny, not Jasper and his personal battles. I get that it helps with character development but I’m not sure he needed to develop that much. I started skimming… and almost skipping over… his sections. They were just too much. The same goes for Ivy. I don’t know why I didn’t like her so much but I didn’t. Her sub-story went on way too long. Her voice sounded like that of a jealous teen whose friend is more popular than she is. I didn’t care for it either. Echo is still herself… but more juvenile, if that’s possible. I don’t feel she grew much, other than she was the Firebird.

Are you ready for the last big grip of this book? LOVE TRIANGLE. That’s right! There is a completely forced yet pointless love triangle! Echo is the main person who has feelings for two guys. Big whoop. She was dating Rowan, never broke up with him, but felt as if it was okay to fool around with Caius? What in the actual… So pointless.

Here is what bothered me most of all with this story: It did not feel original. That’s harsh, I know but it’s true. It felt like a mashup of other fantasy YA books rolled into one. I felt parts of Daughter of Smoke and BoneThe Red Queen, and The Orphan Queen to start with, and a sprinkle of Harry Potter thrown in. NO JOKE. I picked up huge similarities to HP. DoSaB stood out the most to me. I know Book 1 was heavily compared to that series but it still holds true with this story. People with feathers battling dragons, good vs. evil, light vs. dark. Sure, it has been done before but it felt rehashed here.

I won’t say this entire story was bad, I will say that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted. I kept waiting for something to happen but it never did. It was a long waiting yet predictable game. The ending came as zero surprise. I saw it early on and just shrugged my shoulders when I got to that part of the story. I will still continue to book 3 but believe me when I say the expectation is low.

 

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