“If you don’t know what disappointment looks like then here it is; for everyone to see. Look closer. I can’t believe how disappointed I am right now. This was not what I had anticipated. I thought this book was going to be a smash, I mean after reading Destroy me (which was amazing) I thought this would just be brilliant. It wasn't; in more than one way. But let’s say the good stuff first.
I think we can all agree on the fact that Tahereh Mafi, knows her way around grammar and is excellent in putting complicated and long sentences together. But even that doesn't work sometimes. There were some very meaningless Juliette-blabberings that didn't work as they did in the first book but I still appreciated the grammar.
The second thing is the beautiful quote-worthy lines of her story that are just lyrical and I love them all. They were beautiful and magnificent (while not relying on the plot); which is exactly where the problem starts…
*SPOILERS MIGHT BE RECOGNIZED*
Most of the time when I don’t like how the story goes or if it goes as I didn’t want it to; I give a bad review for the book. But in this case it wasn’t just the fact that I didn’t like how the story line progressed or that my favorite character was murdered(not literally) by the other characters; but the fact that the book sort of falls apart. I was expecting for Juliette to become bad-ass and strong and so-to-speak the fire of the revolution but… no, still imprisoned, still silly with puppy love (and can I just add that now I officially hate Adam for being like a wet rag and too angstful and childish and teenage-boy horny-it was kind of disgusting and annoying- I mean there was literally no character to him. He lost all his animation so to speak, I couldn’t connect with him at all and even the memory of the shower-scene couldn’t save him either…)-ok, back to Juliette whose character didn’t develop enough. I wanted her to grow so much more than this. You can’t just make a character grow by dressing her in awesome clothes. She has to have greatness herself. I mean Warner?*adding sigh* He was much more tangible than the rest of them and then perhaps Kenji. But the main characters just lost me…
And I’m sick and tired of every character being force to verbally explain how awful and sick and blood-thirsty Warner is. Because truthfully his character speaks louder than the rest and it clearly [he] isn’t a bad person any more but a complicated and interesting one-which is more than I can say for the others- I mean if Mafi wanted him to appear bad; she isn’t doing it right. Juliette has started to act like the immature teen-written characters with her groundless angst. She ruined so many opportunities. I’m so sad and mad right now… .
But I still have hope for the next book.
I really wanted to give it 2 stars but because of Warner I gave three... .”