By: Emma Winters
Equal Parts at a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★
- Dude: America’s Next Top Drama King
- Heroine: My Little Pony Solar Panel
- Brutality: Execution by nail file
- Romance Level: Stockholm Syndrome
Pairs Well With
Ashes to Ashes
- 1½ oz Espolón Tequila Reposado
- ½ oz Pedro Ximenez Sherry
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1 tsp sweetened cocoa mix
- ¼ oz agave nectar
Beware. Spoilers are coming…
I freaking adored this story. Keep in mind, i’m the emo depressing one who loves a good anti-hero. I mean, who needs roses from a guy when he gives you the flayed body of a molester? Really, there is so much more thought in the gift.
Yes, this was Stockholm Syndrome on speed, but outside of that, it was just a fun and easy read. It’s set in a superhero city, but more Deadpool than Superman. Felicity absorbs happiness and sends it back out into the world, but she worries that people will get addicted to her happiness like crack.
She is still dealing with her guilt over her brother’s death and kind of a gray character in the beginning. What I really appreciated was that as she grows through the book, her personality becomes lit up in parallel to the happiness she gets from Achilles. She is funny and feisty after a while, but her lack of self confidence hurt my heart. As in all good love stories, she gets it together and kickass Felicity is pretty amazing.
“Wow, careful there – your gender-based ignorance is showing.”
I can’t say that Achilles is the hearthrob for me. I am not super into full face makeup as an everyday look. It just seems too high maintenance for me. I never thought I would say no to eyeliner on a guy, but Achilles had me saying “too much! Too much!”
He is a murderer and basically not a good guy. So his “me and you against the world” is a lot less convincing than Rowan and Aelin’s “to whatever end.” But you know what, I just had fun reading this book and I REGRET NOTHING. Yep there is murder. Yep there are some graphic scenes. But they also tag team kill a guy who raped and murdered a war widow and then donated money to the nonprofit. So not all is lost!
I’m not sure what his whole deal was with not having a girlfriend or getting attached, my guess is that Achilles’ issues run pretty deep, but we weren’t given any of his backstory. Oh well, I just hope that he leaves off the makeup in Florida because that humidity is going to make it run…
Okay, full disclosure I read this book while on pain meds and recovering from a procedure so let’s take my review with a grain of salt because I felt pretty trippy reading this one. So many parts of this book were strange and I felt like I was Alice wandering around Wonderland trying to figure out what was going on.
I think my main complaint and source of confusion was that while the book was well-written and funny, I just felt like it lacked… well… a point? I just wasn’t sure what was driving the book to the end and several parts felt disjointed to me. In my head I refer to this one as the Frankenstein book because I felt like Winters took plots from several different stories and sewed them all together and while it was nice like Frankenstein, it felt hodge podgey. And the holes in the world building really left a lot to be desired.
I really appreciated Felicity (Flick)’s penchant for using household items as weapons. Who knew bowls, alarm clocks, sewing kits, and nail files could be so deadly? Rapunzel would be proud, girl. Other than that she kind of annoyed me TBH.
Achilles, on the other hand, I am very perplexed by him and his life choices. SO MANY QUESTIONS SO FEW ANSWERS. 1) Why the heck doesn’t he just buy a mask? I do not understand the impracticality of painting your face everyday nor the room for error in the paint coming off. Why this particular paint job? I don’t appreciate unnecessary cultural appropriation. 2) His choice of weapon being a nail gun? He popped into the scene with a nail gun and I had to double take and make sure I read that right. 3) What was his issue with Flick? Why couldn’t he be with her? Then suddenly two weeks later he could? Then he’s buying her a house… ok… 4) Why did he put out a reward when he knew where she was the whole time? Could he not…you know… talk to her?!!
I’m also a little worried about this Finn character and his obsession with Felicity. A chick he legit met ONE time. Then suddenly he’s calling her sweetheart every other sentence and promising to rescue her and be her white knight?! Yo, dude. Chill yourself.
Let us know what you thought of Equal Parts in the comments! Happy reading — Teagan & Jess