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Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2017
I really loved the first one, but this one was kind of meh... When I look back and try to explain why I loved so much the first one I believe it was because of the world building. I think all the creatures that live in the Courtyard are quite interesting and the whole thing about us (humans) not being the dominant species is refreshing, since in most of the fantasy books I've read the supernatural are always hiding, so it was cool to see that this time the supernatural are the ones calling the shots. It was entertaining to get to know and learn about this world, which brings me to why I gave the second installment just 3 stars (and I think I'm being generous): because the wonder is over. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with the wonder of the world building being over, it happens with every series, always the first installment will have that new-world spark of novelty, that's normal, but the thing is that in this case now that the new-world novelty passed there's not really much else about it, I honestly can't recollect what happened in this book (aside from everybody freaking out about Meg all the time, I'll get into that in a sec) I don't even consider there was an actual climax to the story, all of a sudden when I tried to flip the page I found out the book ended. I was so confused. Then I was like "THAT was the climax?" I swear I thought it was still coming. I guess I'll have to pay more attention the % progress.
Here are my two main peeves about this series:
Yes, it's kind of sad when the (supposedly) main character annoys you most of the time... I'm SO sorry to say this but she is SUCH a Mary Sue, I hadn't seen this level of MarySue-ness since Twilight's Bella. Oh my God, everybody pushes her around all the time and she doesn't even THINK about putting her foot down. It's not like she thinks about it but is scared or shy or whatever, no, she just takes it and doesn't give a second's thought about it. But other times she gets all riled up for stupid reasons, I don't get it. I gave it a pass the first book, but not this time. I was hoping to see her grow at least a bit of a backbone, see some growth, but nope.
And then, we have EVERYBODY'S reaction towards anything even barely related to Meg. Everybody freaks out every time she so much as sneezes. She can't even stub a toe without having the whole Courtyard going Code Red and Simon growling and wanting to bite someone's head off. It gets old real fast, I think 90% of Meg's scenes are just her getting hurt or something and everybody dropping whatever they are doing to run to her. I don't know how they get anything done in that place, since half their days are spent baby-sitting Meg.
Meg and Simon get so little scenes that I'm not even sure they are the main characters anymore, and it's not that I wanted anymore Mary Sue scenes, no, but I'm just not interested in reading about EVERYBODY AND THEIR MOTHER'S take on what's going on. And the thing is that they really are not necessary, in fact, most of those other POVs are rather pointless. We got plenty of pages of the police having a discussion among themselves about some new event or lead or something, to then have them meet with the Others at the Courtyard to share with them that same information, it was like reading the same things twice, so I mostly skipped those Monty-scenes and read the condensed version when they had the meeting with the Others.
These are my thoughts about the series, not so much about this book in particular since, as I said, not much actually happened in this one. I will continue to read this series, because I really like the world building and I have hope that Meg will grow a backbone in the next installment.