Son of Secrets by N.J. Simmonds

Title: Son of Secrets (The Indigo Chronicles, #2)

Author: N.J. Simmonds

Release Date: 28 May 2020

Rating: 1,25/5 stars

Cover:

I only requested this book from Netgalley because of that cover. I mean, look at it! I love it so much…and that was my mistake.

Judging a book by its cover. How silly of me.

I probably should have read the blurb and I should have scanned the cover better so that I could have known this was the second book in a series. I have no time to read the first book, so I jumped straight into the second.

I adjusted quickly, to be honest. It took a while for some things to make sense, but everything was relatively easy to understand. The only downside was that I didn’t know these characters prior to this book.

You’d think this would be an enjoyable read: destiny, fate, fallen angels, and soulmates who have searched for each other for thousands of years.

The writing was strangely formal for some reason and the book was filled with insta-love (which I hate). There is no chemistry between the characters and some parts even felt unnecessary.

Realistic Characters and Growth:

Ella was alright as a main character.

She irritated me a bit at the start, pining after Zac, but once she got past him and moved on to Josh, her happier side was fun to read. Obviously it bothers me just a little bit too much that she wants to marry Josh a few days after reuniting with him.

Josh was probably the only relatively normal character in this book. I liked him the most out of everyone.

Zac was completely useless in this book. I have no idea why he was there or what part he played in this. His scenes could definitely have been shorter or just completely cut out. I would much rather have followed Luci or Ella as they try to take down Mikhael.

Sebastian was also pretty useless. I guess the author only kept him alive for revenge?

0,25 stars for this category (for Josh).

Interesting Story:

The concept of regenerating is interesting, if done right. (Looking at you, Doctor Who!)

The author takes this concept to create four characters who are all connected to each other in one way or another. They are bound to find each other and repeat the vicious cycle each time.

However, I felt like there was very little happening. Zac just keeps on talking to random people, Luci at least has a clear goal, and Ella’s story revolves around Josh.

As I said, not much happening.

Zac could have been cut out of the whole book and we wouldn’t have missed anything. I would rather have read more from Luci and Ella.

Once again, 0.25 stars for this category.

Fantastic World-Building:

I’m glad we find out a little more about the angels and what’s been happening with them. It’s quite interesting to see how the story got twisted over the years. It reinforces the idea that history get written by the victors.

Beyond that, we don’t find much else.

Half a star for this category.

Good Underlying Themes/ Messages:

This one was a little bit complicated for me. There is the constant idea of feminism surrounding this book, but my issue with it was that it was way too aggressive. People don’t respond well to an idea being forced on them. Luci repeats how a woman doesn’t need a man and can be successful on her own. I would have liked it, if only it wasn’t repeated so much. The author’s note was heartfelt and I understood where she came from, but I feel like it could have been handled better.

Another thing that grated against my nerves: characters saying how they have to follow their path ‘destiny’ lays out for them and that there can’t be any deviation from it. It makes it seem like there is no choice.

0,25 stars for this category.

Emotion:

I felt nothing other than irritation and longing for this book to be over. It sounds horrible, but there…I said it. It’s been a while since I disliked a book like I do now.

I felt slightly happy for Ella when she decided she wanted to get married but that’s it.

No stars for this category.

That’s it!

I think by the way I’ve written this review that I didn’t like this book very much. A pity, since that cover is beautiful and it’s my first read this year that is getting less than 3 stars.

Have you read this book? Do you agree with my (negative) views?

Till we meet again!

Xx Alexia

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