Saturday, July 14, 2018

Persuasion (Curse of the Gods #2) by Jaymin Eve & Jane Washington ~ Review

Persuasion (Curse of the Gods, #2)Source: Purchased (through my KindleUnlimited subscription).

Persuasion (Curse of the Gods #2) by Jaymin Eve & Jane Washington

Willa Knight: Dweller? Bad-ass? Notorious pet to five magical beings?

In Blesswood, there are rules, and someone is trying to teach her how to follow them. The only problem is Willa. Which shouldn’t be anything new, since she has been a problem since birth—something her pseudo-sister Emmy would agree on.

So it definitely shouldn’t be new … but it is.

Because things are starting to happen that have never happened before.

Things are starting to get …chaotic.

After finishing Trickery, I wasted no time diving into Persuasion. I'd been excited for more Abcurse brothers and growing relationships and humor and all the fun stuff. You know, since book 1 had been such a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, book 2 didn't capture me nearly as well.

Like the book that kicked off this series, Persuasion was loads of fun. and I actually think this one used Willa's clumsiness in a way that was funny while also not being TOO MUCH. So that was a good improvement. Another positive aspect was the growth of the relationship with the brothers. She was already in their fold, but seeing them warm up even more (especially a select brother or two...Yael & Rome...) to her was quite nice. They're all heading in a direction I very much enjoy, and I'm looking forward to seeing things get to the point where they're, you know, actually a committed RH.

Now let's shift to the aspect I liked but am on the fence about as a whole--the plot. So I LIKE the premise. I like where things are going. There's a lot of potential for the rest of the series. However, there was a lot of potential for this installment, too, but I don't feel like it was reached. Hence my so-so opinion on the plot. I liked it...but it wasn't as great as it could have been.

Which brings me to the things I didn't like about this book. First and foremost was the way the plot was executed. I get the idea. I get that there was supposed to be chaos. It was supposed to be a mess. But the way it was done felt kind of...lazy? It was random stuff happening and happening and happening, so while I was trying to keep track of what was going on and what might come next (because part of the reading experience is anticipation, after all) I didn't feel like the novel itself was following the same lines. Like there were hints dropped for things that were never addressed on the page. So maybe it was simply me holding onto things? Or maybe the authors didn't think too hard on them the way I did and therefore didn't carry the threads that I was keeping track of? I don't know. But it made the execution seem, as I said, lazy.

Then there was the fact that this book, quite honestly, was so easy to put down. When I was reading Trickery, I blew straight through it. But with Persuasion, I almost didn't even want to keep reading. It was all over the place and I was worried as to where things might go--and as a whole this one just was not as enthralling to me.

All that said, Persuasion was fun and I did appreciate the relationship growth -- and I will continue this series. Probably not right away, but I am looking forward to seeing them get together and by goodness I will GET THERE even if it takes me until after a little break to gain my interest back.

3 stars - A fun read, but the execution was messy.

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