First Lines: The instructions of the English homework I didn’t do hang out from the top of my folder: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both. Story of my life.
I’ve been a fan of Katie McGarry for a long time, and I purposely put off reading this book for a while because I don’t want to binge all of her currently released books and then run out of them. I’ve gotta enjoy it, you know?
*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*
For her entire life, Violet has been taught to be a damsel in distress, sitting back and letting the boys do the rescuing. But after her father dies on Reign of Terror club business, Violet knows she’s the one who needs to step up if she’s going to keep her younger brother and mom safe. To do that, Violet needs to break all ties to the Terror, including breaking up with Chevy, the boy she’s loved for years. But when a rival motorcycle club comes after Violet and starts stirring trouble and threatening her, Violet will have to re-evaluate everything she thought she knew…and find someone to trust.
I was really looking forward to this book, given how much I enjoyed the previous books in this series. And don’t get me wrong, it was really good. I just had a few issues.
So let’s start by talking about our leads. Chevy and Violet. We’ve gotten to know them pretty well over the last few books and I like both of them. I think Violet’s powerful and awesome and that Chevy is loyal and sweet. However, the weird thing about this book (and maybe because Vi and Chevy have a history), I felt their romance far less than the others. Like…I wanted the romance I felt with Oz and Emily. And I didn’t really get that. There were definitely parts that were sweet and tender, but the story is, ironically, more about the plot than their emotions.
The plot overall isn’t that different from others in this series. Terror vs. Riot and all that. It has its fair share of surprises and twists that will keep you guessing. I like the slight cliff hanger at the end of just about every chapter to make you want to keep reading without feeling like you’re being jerked around.
That said, I have a really hard time with the Terror in this book. I remember feeling that way at the beginning of each of the other books too, before I got far enough into it to see what was really going on. But Vi is so against them for most of the story that I fell into that and I just could not see past it. I couldn’t see past the negative, even when I was supposed to be seeing the…well, “positives”, but again, I hesitate to even say that. It’s kind of a bummer that I hated something that played such a big role in the book…and is kind of the crux of the plot.
Again, I otherwise really enjoyed the book. I love the characters, I thought the story was well told. I just had a few issues. McGarry is still a solid choice for me and she opens my eyes to a world I definitely don’t have experience with, which I appreciate.