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This definitely has A Court of Thorns and Roses and From Bood and Ash vibes with a sheltered MC who slowly realises her life isn’t as peachy as she first thought. Not much of a spoiler since it’s in the opening chapters, but Auren was on the streets for years after her parents dies. Midas comes along and saves her, tells her he loves her, and keeps her safe. She lets him, believing it’s better than the alternative.
Until… she starts to rethink everything she believed was good for her and *enter dark and broody male with a deadly reputation* let’s see how Midas deals with that.
What I liked…
Auren starts out on the weak side, which is fine and justifiable as we get more backstory on her life, but she starts to toughen up and defend herself and those she’s come to care for. As a reader, I could see what was wrong before Auren could, but that’s what made it better I think. I was waiting for her to catch up.
I liked the style of writing. It was very evocative and unique, but… see below for what I didn’t like.
What I didn’t like…
Magic was unclear at times. Without spoilers, Auren is more than just gold-touched by Midas, but I didn’t feel like I understood what exactly she was. Things were hinted at right at the end, but I didn’t have any idea what.
The descriptions and thoughts were overdone in places with purple prose and run-on sentences. But it didn’t stop me loving it when worked.
There was maybe a smidge too much fuff.
I really wasn’t sure about this going into it. A prisoner in a cage who wants to be there…? But I soon got into it and wanted to go on Auren’s journey for her freedom. I’m into book 2, and loving it. Stay tuned for that review.