I’ll be honest, this was a bit of an impulsive read. I have seen it on the library shelves quite a few times, but I was never interested enough to check it out. With the libraries closed, I saw it on the available e-book shelf and thought, “Why not? It has a pretty cover.”
Do I regret? I don’t know what to think… I read the whole thing so that’s something, right? But let me be straight with you, this book is about teenagers who are special and so, are bought by the nobility to be their surrogates. This concept as a whole is a little cringy to me. It’s so twisted. Which I suppose is true for other novels well. I think one factor that made it bearable was that it was women who headed this. In fact, men are hardly present. Well, except for Ash. A few words on that relationship… It felt like it happened so fast and they were asking to be caught. I did like how they connected because of their backgrounds and their status as “slaves.” It was such a relief for Violet to have someone that she could connect with and who understood her.
The writing was quite engaging. Ewing did a good job of keeping things moving and always having something interesting going on. Also, the world-building was really well developed and lastly, I especially loved the place that music had!
I can’t say I really recommend this book; I especially do not recommend it for younger teens. Not only do Ash and Violet sleep together, but the whole concept of impregnating young women against their will is not an upbuilding topic. Perhaps in the next book, Violet breaks free from this system, but I do not think I will be reading book #2.
Stay safe, everyone!
And wash your hands. 😉