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Target age of readers muddled
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2020
I read all 3 books. I’m going to be completely honest with this review.
If you want the quick version-story was great but target age of readers unclear. Would classify this as strictly YA with high school type of atmosphere EXCEPT explicit sex scenes.
If you want to know the details with no spoilers, this is what I’ve got-
The story itself kept me hooked. I wanted to know what was going to happen. It’s extremely important for me to find a book that makes me almost addicted to it. That was great. But what wasn’t so great:
The story is about a 21 year old female. It read as a high school girl. She lied CONSTANTLY, whined even more, and spoke like a child. IT DID GET BETTER. In the first book, the childishness toned down about half way through. But then the second book happened and the childishness picked back up. Same with the third. I think the problem isn’t the authors fault. I would very much put this in YA category EXCEPT for the sex scenes. I didn’t mind them because I’m used to Ilona Andrews and Jeannine Frost, who have very detailed sex scenes. But when the story reads as someone who acts and speaks like a teenager, it’s out of place.
So either the genre needs to be strictly YA with no sex scenes, or adult paranormal with the characters attitudes, vocabulary, and actions (the main character comments about wanting to stomp her feet when she got mad), more adult.
OVERALL, the story and world was great. The age of target readers is very muddled, but great if you can overlook temper tantrums and childish vocabulary “bestest friendest in the whole worldest” kind of vocab.