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Still technically well written, still creative -- characters still stupid as a rock
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2021
The stupidity continues. I stay mad and frustrated by how the author has her characters miss obvious cues and all remain unable to sort out even the most obvious things. So who was around when Riley nearly drowned again? How hard is that to sort out given the sudden appearance and sketchy behavior of the most likely individual? Then there is the over-the-top pollyanna willingness to trust three men who have treated her worse than garbage and assisted in her kidnapping and torture. All of the, "I can't help it," and, "my body betrayed me" whining feces that I am beyond sick of reading in books, is only making the insipid characters worse and doing nothing to help me feel a connection between these characters, which I don't. "I can't help it," is the refrain of stupid, undisciplined idiots lacking enough intellect to temper their libidos and have some sort of impulse control.
The whole "fated" or "magical" connection trope that makes characters feel softer emotions despite being bullied and literally tortured is lazy. How about some serious character and relationship development? The responses of the characters are also completely unrealistic, too unrealistic to allow me to settle in and enjoy the story. No one would only half-assed fight against someone who bullied them mercilessly, ruined one's financial stability, and ruined crucial coming-of-age moments, not to mention assisted in their kidnapping and torture. Teenagers regularly kill themselves over treatment like what they put her through; adults break under the sort of trauma she was subjected to. So the Pollyanna ridiculous responses and the "my traitorous body" crap is ridiculous to the point of being insulting in its cop-out laziness.
NO ONE who didn't completely break under the pressure would stop at trashing a room, and a car, and if they did it would be to completely shut out those that did it and to verbally and physically eviscerate them if they tried to have further contact. Rage would be the only thing that kept one from falling to pieces, or the victim might experience a heightened anxiety, distrust, and constant fear, so the lovey-dovey kissy-face crap after what the Tritons put her through is unrealistic to the point of being ludicrous.