By: Scarlett Dawn
# 1 in Forever Evermore Series | 280 Pages | Pub. 2013
King Hall at a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★★
- Dude: Any man that growls is an A+ in our books
- Heroine: From useless to assassin in 200 pages
- Brutality: No one is safe…
- Emotional: Your heart will be crushed repeatedly
- Confusion: We left cliffhanger status and got to Marianas trench real quick
Pairs Well With
- 1 oz vodka
- 1/2 oz peach schnapps
- 2 oz cranberry juice
Beware. Spoilers are coming…
TW: sexual assault
I have mixed feelings on King Hall. Immediately upon starting this book, I felt confused like I had accidentally started a series on the second book. I literally had to check Goodreads 3 times to make sure I was starting on book 1 and hadn’t missed a novella or something. Nope. King Hall just immediately throws you into a complex world without world or relationship building and leaves you scrambling to figure out what the heck is going on.
Then BAM! Holy hell, Dawn hits you right in the feels and betrays the trust you have in authors and the belief that mates are sacred and won’t be killed. When Dominic died a piece of me died. Who knew I could be so attached to someone after a mere 40 pages. And that’s not all, because then we find out Ezra’s mate died….and then at the end of the book she kills off Pearl and Jack’s mates, too?!? IS NOTHING SACRED?! How am I supposed to be happy again?
And while I enjoyed the premise of this novel and the hilarious parts there were so many random parts of this novel that had me shaking my head, cringing and wondering what the point was. Dawn just threw random things in for shock value. Like King Kincaid, Lily’s dead mate’s father in law trying at multiple points to pawn Lily off like a broodmare. And while I love a good sleepover I am really troubled by this massive sleepover in one bed with all the prodigies + their mates. Their touchy feely-ness had me wanting to give them a talk about the value of personal space. And also the random scene where Lily’s uncle, who apparently is a sadistic child abuser, shows up at graduation and then dies? What is the point?
And of course it wouldn’t be a modern novel without a sexual assault plot. Sigh. I’m 100% over sexual assault in all its forms but especially as a plot device. This rapist politician has so many strikes against him that if I listed them all here I would fly into a rage and Jess will kill me for going on another patriarchy rant. But just know this asshat has to go.
Despite the lack of worldbuilding and the random plotlines I did enjoy this book and will give the next books in the series a try. Mostly because I’m not just hanging off the cliff because of that ending. I actually flew right down into the dark abyss below and have no choice but to continue following this trainwreck. I legitimately threw my iPad in rage at the ending.
To be honest, I have no idea how I am writing this review right now and not diving into the second book in this series. I am so tangled up in these four characters and I NEED ANSWERS NOW!
This gif pretty much sums up my feelings.
I hurt. I hurt so bad. I almost broke my phone/ipad/computer 3 or four times. Heartbreak. Anger. Injustice. Justice. I feel like I just rode the most amazing roller coaster, and now maybe i’m a little sick…
For the first 20% I thought I was going to strangle Lilly through my device, but eventually she came through and was awesome. Being alone really made her so much stronger and she grew to be a better character. Towards the end she is pretty badass. Shooting your rapist in the head and then casually going back to the party to eat…. 100% on team Lilly now.
I adored the friendship between the prodigies. It’s friendship goals for the rest of my life. They are hilarious and help each other and omg I died with how adorable they are. Mostly, I just want to go and be a part of their group and have sleepovers and dance with them.
Now can we take a moment to discuss this Ezra and Lilly thing that needs to happen already?! Everyone knows they belong together except for them. It’s about time to figure it out you two. Get your shit together already.
Things that made me want to throw my device: Rapey asshole and almost forced marriage? That’s not a thing in affluent countries anymore and for real shouldn’t exist at all. Also, this super racist society that they have within their own society?! Supernaturals can’t “mingle” and hybrids are put to death? Nope. No. Stupidity.
I’m also not sure what happened at the end. Were the humans assassinating them or was something else going on? My paranoia says it’s bigger than that. But I guess that’s why I need to read the next one asap!
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