Behold the stunning cover to the final installment of the UNSPOKEN SERIES! This has got to be the best one of the three and my favorite! It embodies everything the last book will be about. I cannot wait for you all to dive in this summer!
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the e-arc to review!
Hollis Brite has just become the object of the young king’s affection, but her eyes have turned toward a foreign boy who reminds her that she is more than just an ornament to the court.
That is the gist of it.
First up is Hollis. She is incredibly boring, but she knows it, which is nice. She has dedicated her life to winning over the king but changes her mind as quick as this book read.
Jameson, the king, is also as dull as a spoon. He feels very dutiful and stoic but is also verytoxicmasculinitycringworthygrossandtedious.
Silas, who has shockingly blue eyes (I’m a sucker for those. I wrote one of those types in my series but mine is a werewolf so…). He too is very toneless, but he can work with his hands and that’s hot, right? Don’t get too attached.
Delia Grace is a two-timing DOB who is only out for herself. That’s just how I feel. You all may have your own opinion, but she is just awful.
On the BRITE side, I went into this book knowing I would not be blown away. I mean, if you’ve read The Selection, you know NOT to expect tremendous amounts of world-building, well-rounded characters, and intellect. I am in it for the trash factor. But what I didn’t expect was that even after all these years, we are still being given these invisible villains and impossibly dull characters. The insta-love was cringe-worthy and so 2006. We need better in YA.
The book read quickly so that’s a plus. Better luck next time.
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the chance to review this title ahead of its release date.
DAMSEL was my first book by Elane Arnold and I knew after reading it that she was going to be one of my auto-buy authors. I went in with the expectations that carried over from DAMSEL and I was not disappointed.
Let me start this review by saying 1. that this book is in second person present tense POV, so if you do not like that sort of POV, steer clear. I, myself, don’t mind it and find it rather exciting to read, but I digress. 2. there are graphic scenes of periods and sexual encounters
Bisou lives with her grandmother in Seattle. She has a loving boyfriend and a seemingly quiet life. Until one night, she’s attacked by a wolf after running away from an embarrassing situation with her boyfriend. After she manages to kill the beasts, she realizes that it wasn’t a wolf, but a human boy thus triggering a story with a history of loss, sexual empowerment, strong female bonds, and toxic masculinity.
As I stated in my DAMSEL review, there were some graphic scenes that are very important to YA. As much as the story is about men and how their toxic traits can turn them into literal wolves, it was also refreshing to see Bisou’s boyfriend be so caring and understanding, something a lot of men can learn from. Although I doubt men will be reading this book, women can also know what it is like to be in a healthy relationship and to never take any shit.
This book is one big act of symbolism; of women rising and fighting back.
This was an amazing feminist work of art that I will buy for my shelf when it releases.