Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and her best friend, Bee, has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can focus on the important things in life: school, canoodling with David (her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie), and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.
Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or make her more powerful than ever.
This book had way more dorama than needed. *rolls eyes*
We have ex-boyfriends and ex-best friends and new relationships thrown all over the place.
Seriously, it has more girlfriend/boyfriend drama than my whole IB class consisting of ~90 people. Do people see young adults as hormone-induced people who need to be dating 25/8? Harper puts so much emphasis on the label “ex-boyfriend” or “he dumped me” that it messes up the character interactions and everything in general. Like really?
Wow, speaking of Harper. I remember liking her in the first book, because even though she was one of those southern belles, she was also feisty and smart. Okay, in this book though?
Being a kickass heroine who knows what she’s doing DOES NOT EQUATE to being a bossy bitch.
“‘David doesn’t want to learn anything from you people, I said, crossing my ankles.
But David jerked his head to look at me, something like irritation in his pace. ‘I think that’s one of those things I get to decide for myself, Pres,’ he said.”
She answers for other people.
“Maybe it wasn’t nice to let Ryan deal with getting rid of Mary Beth on his own, but that wasn’t my problem.”
She ruins relationships without a care.
“‘You can’t not tell me things, Ry. This whole… thing. None of it will work if we’re not honest with each other.'”
She is a HYPOCRITE. Harper has to know what is happening at all time while omitting things constantly to her “team.” I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound like teamwork to me.
“‘I’m sorry,’ I told him, rubbing my eyes. ‘I…. I should have told you what Ryan and I were doing. And I wanted to. I was goingto, I promise.'”
Yeah girl, we don’t need your false promises anymore.
While this ridiculous soap opera was going on, Harper has to also pass a series of tests to make her an offical “Paladin.” The supernatural aspect of this book is laughable. The first book was all about discovery, this one was just a bunch of teenagers fooling around with each other.
The tests were nothing. Little to no action happened within the book, and the events that DID happen made me roll my eyes. Where are my strong characters with abilities to match? Nowhere here, lol.
The ending was as ridiculous as the characters’ actions in the book. David’s character is a blank cardboard. All the other characters are more suited for one of those contemporary novels where everything is melodramatic. I didn’t connect to any of them, and Harper herself was a total bitch. I’m just glad the rest of the characters knew that.
“‘This is what you do, Harper, you… freaking steamroll everybody. You decide it’s the best thing to do because it’s what you want to do.'”
Instead of a satisfying finale (or at least one that made me feel something other than apathy), we get an anticlimax that made me regret wasting my time on this book.
Obviously I’ll finish this series because it didn’t take too long to read the books, but I have no expectations for it anymore.