Actual rating: 3.5 stars
I'm not 100% sure how I feel about this series yet, I'll withhold my final judgment until I finish the other 2 books.
I was gifted this series, along with a few other series by the same author, for Christmas, back in 2013. I read the first book right away, and I don't remember particularly liking or disliking it, it was just pretty "meh."
I'm always hesitant about reading books, particularly series, by extremely prolific authors, as a lot of times, I realize that they sacrifice quality for quantity. Plus, a lot of them drag series out far beyond the point where they should have ended, and being stuck in the same fictional world for too long just gets, well, boring.
One thing that makes me feel a bit conflicted are the semi-incesty vibes that this series has. I mean, sure, they're not blood related, but it's still a bit... odd. Not enough to make me put the series down, though. I'm way too desensitized for that.
In this book, the ending left me feeling like something was missing. Like all of the issues introduced were not fully resolved. However, this being a series, that's understandable.
In the end, I'm curious enough about where all of this is going to read the last 2 books. The first two haven't blown my mind, but I've certainly read worse.