I gave a decent rating to the first book, but I cannot give this book anything besides one star. I close this book feeling utterly annoyed.
This is the romance book, straight up. It's what all the romance lovers wanted from book one where Illukar and Medair declare their love for each other and get together. Oh yes, there's some vague plot in the background, but not really. It's mostly about these two. Who could have possibly
guessed that a convenient fog would leave these two together on their own, all primed and ready to spill some emotional words. Someone must have spilled the pheromones in this book.
And I am so pissed off about the vague plot! I think it's completely frustrating that the author keeps dropping us in different timelines randomly at will. It's disorienting and it doesn't do a freaking single thing for the book. It's like the book has no direction at all except for the romance slant. Oh, nothing is happening? I guess we'll just change the timeline/dimension! No problem. Infuriating because it just strings the reader along thinking that something is actually going to happen.
The ending sucked. Majorly. What the freaking heck? I don't buy it for a second. How in the world does she end up loving someone she hates in the span of 40 pages? Nuh uh. It doesn't work that way. And what a stupid way of resolving a character death. If you're going to build up the emotions for someone dying, I want you to follow through with it. Please, thank you.
But even beyond the ridiculous two-in-one package deal Medair gets to play with, for goodness sakes, even her romance with original pretty-boy ice perfect was fake enough. The only reasons we knew they liked each other was because we were explicitly told through our ability to know the character's thoughts. Nothing in their actions or dialogue would suggest their interest in each other. And the author's reasoning for when they "fell in love"? Bull crap.
One star. It does nothing for the "series", if you can call it that. This is pure fan service, in my opinion, where she just gives the romance lovers from the first book something to squeal over.
And if I really wanted to break down what I thought about Medair... ah, that would probably get me in another rage. I thought she was a strong character from book one (besides the suicidal idiocy for a few stupid moments -not deriding those who actually struggle with suicidal tendencies, but this stupid character who does it even though it's not in her already established nature and has so many more options), but then basing romance as her reason for living and how she continues on afterwards? Excuuuse me. Ridiculous.
I didn't give a crap for any of the characters by the end of this. Or the plot, because really, what plot?
And the world? Haha, which world? There was no world because it was always arbitrarily changed. So in the end, what's left of this book? A wish-fulfillment romance.
One star. No more.
Not recommended for anyone. Unless you read the first book and are longing to see the two main characters hook up.