The Evil Queen
Not too bad for my first Gena Showalter read. It took me a bit to get into the story, but once things picked up, it really picked up.
Everly was definitely ruled by her emotions and was often conflicted with the many prophecies that would determine her future. Although there was growth with her character, she definitely had some setbacks towards the end. I understood her need for vengeance, the amount of pain she went through physically and emotionally. How can you expect someone to bounce back so easily from that?
Gena definitely wove us a fantastic world and I was completely intrigued.
The book did feel a bit too long and often we were stuck on the same thing for what seemed like forever. There’s a lot of information coming at you and got pretty overwhelmed by it, but eventually caught on to who was who and what was what.
I haven’t read a YA fantasy like this in a while, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. I often shook my head at the many decisions made by some of these characters, but that was definitely to be expected. I wasn’t expecting the flooding of emotions this one was going to put me through.
I’m pretty eager to see how the rest of the series goes.
[rating stars=”three-half-stars”] – [rating stars=”four-stars”]
The Glass Queen
As soon as I finished The Evil Queen, I was pretty eager to start this one right away. With this being my second read by Gena, I kind of had a sense of her writing style and expected about the same with this one.
The Glass Queen is what I’d say is a new adult fantasy romance with the enemies to lovers trope. This is a Cinderella retelling and one of the things I really enjoy about this series is figuring who is who.
I actually really liked Ashleigh and Saxon, they both go through some character development as the story progresses, but I was definitely hoping for a little bit more.
I really have to hand it to Gena, she does a phenomenal job with her world-building. I’m definitely not used to the way that she writes it, but with this being my second book, I had a better idea of how she approaches everything. She hooked me in completely with this world and characters.
I loved that we got to see Everly and Roth again, I don’t think I could ever tire of them.
Even though this has the enemies to lovers trope, they still managed to pull the emotions out of me. I did feel their connection and chemistry, but to me, it felt like it could have gone a tad bit deeper.
Like the first, I struggled with how lengthy the book is and sometimes felt we were just going through the motions of the story.
However, I’m completely sold on this series, I’ve been enjoying every bit of it and can’t wait for the next book in the series.