Updated: Jan 18
*I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Let's start this off with the idea behind this book is amazing. 10 out of 5 stars for the world they built. (Fun factoid Sophie Davis is a pen name for two friends so bonus points on not murdering each other working together.)
However great the idea was the execution of it wasn't what I expected. When I started listening, the powers reminded me of the X-men comics and I thought Talia was going to be this wonderfully strong character. Technically her powers are really strong but she spends so much of the book whining about boys and having them awkwardly cuddle her feet and other odd encounters that it ruined the strong female-lead idea. I totally get that heart-break for a 16-year-old is overwhelming and when she blew up that cabin it was awesome but it seemed to overshadow the plot of saving the world and getting revenge rather than working together to make a multi-dimensional character.
The narrator was so monotoned giving out the majority of the book that the sudden bursts of childish screaming were completely jarring. It sounded more like a ten-year-old overreacting when she spoke rather than a 16-year-old trained assassin. I usually listen to audiobooks throughout the workday but I had to turn this one off several times to deal with the screeching dialogue.
If you're looking for a fluffy teenage read then this book is a good choice. I definitely got invested in the future of Talia but an ebook might be easier to handle than the dramatic shift from monotone thoughts to squeaky outbursts.
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