I really wanted to like this book. A Beauty and the Beast retelling but with magic and demons–sounds awesome! Unfortunately, this book did not meet my expectations and I lost all interest by the middle of it.
I’ll start with what I liked:
Hodge really created a unique world that is different from anything I’ve read before. It’s complete with its own history, religion, culture, and customs, and you can tell she put a lot of thought into its inception.
What I didn’t like: Ok, so for the first quarter of the book, the main character, Nyx, goes on and on and on about how she hurt her sister, hates her sister, and is angry at the world for loving her sister. We get it. You have family problems. You don’t need to repeat the same thing every other page.
The second quarter of the book, Nyx is married to the Gentle Lord and is living in his castle. Instead of focusing on the relationship between Nyx and her husband, the author decides to make every single page about Nyx exploring the castle. She describes each and every room in annoying detail that just takes up space and has absolutely nothing to do with the plot.
Also, Hodge has a tendency to somehow incorporate every single god and goddess in Arcadia’s history into every single one of Nyx’s inner monologues or even the conversations she has with people. I could care less about her mythological deities. It’s really quite pointless. And finally, the thing that made me feel absolutely no connection to this story or its characters was the lack of emotion and feeling Nyx has with her husband. And to be frank, the Gentle Lord was an over all horribly developed character. He has no personality and hardly any dialogue worth reading. Hodge does not do a good job conveying the romance between these characters either. They are supposed to be married and entirely attracted to one another, but the most passionate scenes went as followed. “I kissed him. And he kissed me back." ......Boring.
Overall, I feel like I would’ve liked this story better if it was focused on the main characters and their relationship with one another.