There is a pattern that starts repeating itself over and over – I fall in love with the first book in the series, find the concept so interesting, and then get highly disappointed by the second book. Maybe my reading tastes are slowly changing, or maybe they keep suffering from the “second book syndrome”. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I saw that happening with the 2nd book in the Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson. Also the 2nd book in the Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and the 2nd book in the Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare.
In 2012, one cycle of an ancient calendar system came to a close. Humanity predicted its downfall, but it wasn’t the end of their evolutionary climb. It was the beginning.
Willow Kent is discovering that life as a second-phase prodigy comes at a price. Trapped in the London Core, her choices are limited, made difficult by her forbidden romance with Reece and the presence of a new commanding officer who establishes harsh rules. With unpredictable skills and a growing distrust in her birth parents, she is struggling to play the Core’s game. But when opportunity arises in the form of a mysterious shapeshifter, Willow realizes there’s more to her own evolution than meets the eye. She soon learns that keeping secrets is a key move, and the more dangerous they are, the greater her need to evolve into the powerful prodigy nature intended her to become.
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I read «Gambit» by C.L. Denaut in early 2017 and was intrigued by the new take on our world! It was one of the main reasons why I couldn’t put the first book down – the setting and the plot stole 100% of my attention. I mentioned in my review of the first book how I didn’t like the main character and the second book didn’t change my opinion.
Let’s see if the story got worse!
WHAT I LIKED:
1 – I love the world that C.L.Denault created – the incredible powers and their source that we weren’t told everything about yet; the political power of prodigies and all the possibilities of political intrigues yet to come.
I want to see how Willow can develop her powers, and also what she can do with her political status. Is she as good as manipulating people as she claimed herself to be? Or will she be able to motivate them to do better? These are the main points I’d like for the next books to focus on!
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
1 – All the previous “negative” things that I mentioned in my review of the first book are still there. Willow is the same annoying “no-one understands me” teenager. She has a lot of growing up to do, and hopefully, in the next books, she’ll finally reign her temper and start caring about someone other than herself. Throughout the whole book, I kept wondering how she could be so heartless, careless and stupid. Arrghh!
2 – There weren’t any new memorable events and the story dragged for the most part of the book. Nothing worse mentioning happened! This installment was heavily focused on life at the core and on Willow, with only a few new characters introduced in Willow’s life, with most of them just having a brief appearance here and there.
Her encounter with mimic didn’t introduce anything to the story. Maybe the author was setting the events up for the next installment. But THIS book is called «Mimic»! I was hoping we’d get more out of their relationship, or at least some hidden agenda. Instead, we saw one big political event and many pages of text that led to it.
3 – I wish the author would have given more love to other characters. The book is so heavily fixated on Willow that I wish we’d get a little bit more from the other characters to counteract her horrible teenage angst. Or at least give us one likable character! There has to be someone I could root for in this vast prodigy city?!
This book and the series has a lot of flaws, some I was able to close my eyes on, others annoyed me to the point of constantly rolling my eyes. But it’s definitely a “guilty pleasure” read for me! One of those books that lack some important elements to improve its quality, but at the same time is highly entertaining.
Will I be reading the sequel? Yes! I love the idea of prodigies gifted with various powers too much to let it go because of the angsty teenager as the main character!
HAVE YOU READ OR PLAN TO READ THIS SERIES? ARE THERE ANY BOOKS THAT YOU KNOW ARE NOT SO GREAT BUT LOVE NONETHELESS?
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