Thanks to Simon and Schuster Australia for this review copy!
I read and reviewed Severed Heads, Broken Hearts last year and it left a less than positive mark on me. I missed the buzz around EM and so when I received a copy in the post I knew nothing about it. And I decided to keep it that way, not reading the blurb or any reviews and just staring at the lovely cover.
And it was interesting, going into it and not having a clue, although I was certainly not swept up.
The protagonist is Lane, a study-aholic who I found rather dull. He breakes up with his girlfriend in the most cliche of ways whilst he's at Lathem House, but it only felt like a huge ball of unnecessary drama and a way for him to fall without restraint for Sadie, the girl he once met at camp and the lady who was dislikable to me from her first appearance. She shares dual POV rights and oh, how her chapters stunned me,
Sadie hates Lane. When they were in camp together he stood up for her and a note was given to her asking if she'd go to the dance with him. She didn't suspect for a moment, when he didn't show- despite the fact her entire cabin bullied her- that maybe it wasn't him. Not then and not years later.
When she first sees him in class she mentally tirades because he's wearing clothes that aren't sweat pants and that is not allowed, I repeat not allowed. Only her group are allowed to keep on prentending they're okay. He's not allowed to put in an effort.
Within, like, a day or two Lane gets so worked up and tired of Sadie's cold manner that he confronts her. Because she just ignored him. Maybe glared. And he can't stand everyone not loving him?
It wasn't a success, for me. Not at all. Drama that was far too overdone, characters who reacted in eye roll worthily ways, cliches. Not for me.
DNFd at 95 pages.
Image credit: Simon and Schuster.
Rat Queens was recommened to me by my friend Glaiza, who reviewed the second volume so convincingly that althought I'd looked at an excerpt previously and thought it wasn't for me, I had little choice but to order a copy from my library.
And yes, it is violent. There is gore. The cussing is something to behold (and so creative!), and I'd definitely recommend it as 16+, but I fell in joyous, enthusiastic and wild love with it.
We have four main characters, the Rat Queens, who go on a quest (or get banned from the city/town for one too many brawls) and nearly get assassinated. They are fiesty, strong willed, angry, foul mouthed and so wildly different from each other, but a pack and behind each other even when they're not. I loved the diversity in race, culture and sexuality that was evident from the beginning, the snippets of backstory and history you're given and/or left to question. It was done so fantastically and I was so in. I am so in.
Volume 2! (Which has been devoured at this point, review to come.)