Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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A Book You Love but Hate at the Same Time
Books we hate to love, also known as the guilty pleasure. Since I love full-hearted and have no guilt what so ever in (most) of my romances novels, I've turned to one particular series that I can definitely say is a guilty pleasure.
I kind of have a thing for mythical retellings. I definitely read the Dark Hunters way past their expiration date and most probably because I loved the mythos. (I mean seriously? How many ways is there to write the same characters and basic plot? 24 apparently).
Enter Everneath: a story on the brink of Greek myths, but not quite really there, but kind of.
Everneath is the story of a girl who gets in with the wrong sorts of people and get trapped in the underworld for a bit, but somehow survives. The first book is what happens when she comes back to Earth for the 6 months she allowed there before she returns. It's got some heavy Persephone/Hades and Orpheus/Eurydice tones, but it not quite a retelling of either.
Anyway, I love it for that. An interesting world that it creates that is at the same time familiar, yet new. But at the same time I hate it for wooden characterization and rushed storytelling.
It had the most interesting character I have read in a while in YA fiction, a true villain in Cole. But I can't stand the fact that the general populace of young adults reading this series could potentially see him as the bad guy love interest when he in fact is a manipulative dick. Non-negotiable.
Hate that I love like a lot is very apropos in this series. Yet I still read on.