Author: Claudia Gray
Year Published: 2014
Genre(s): young-adult, magic
Finished on: June 14, 2015
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
If I’d only read the first book in the series, I would’ve given it four stars in the hopes that subsequent books in the series would get better. But I found the opposite to be true.
Verlaine remains the most compelling character (despite being the least compelling to those around her!), and her relationship with Asa was the most interesting part of the book (except for the part about Verlaine finding the body Asa is inhabiting so attractive — that wasn’t necessary). The fact that Asa can truly “see” her isn’t about physicality, so why did that have to be?
The so-so interesting part: the relationship between Nadia and Mateo (there’s not much “there” there)
The least interesting part: Elizabeth’s quest to release the “One Beneath,” a kind of generic, one-size-fits all big bad. Honestly, Elizabeth pretty much kills the story, as she’s just evil for the sake of being evil, with nothing potentially redeemable or sympathetic about her (in stark contrast to Asa). I don’t even know why she’s so intent on releasing “hell on earth,” except that that’s what evil witches do.
I’m sure by the end of the last book, Nadia will vanquish her, as is right and proper for the heroine to do, but I unless I decide I really want to know more about what happens to Verlaine, I don’t think I’ll want to go along for that ride.