*** (3 out of 5)
The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
The Remnant Chronicles Book 2
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The Remnant Chronicles:
- The Kiss of Deception
- The Heart of Betrayal
- The Beauty of Darkness
If you read my reviews of The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal you may have gathered that I have a love/hate relationship with this series. I love Lia but there are so many things that drive me nuts!
Lets start with the good. Lia is freakin awesome. She is independent, strong, smart, and doesn’t take shit from anybody. When the entire world is conspiring against her she doesn’t back down. She risks everything to do what is right. She would make a great role model for any girl. Especially in today’s world when a lot of heroines put their love life before everything else, Lia is a breath of fresh air.
While there is a lot of emphasis on the love aspect of the story, the rest of the plot is still very strong. You could remove the love triangle and it would probably make the book better. Lia fights for all the different Kingdoms, and she wins the hearts of the inhabitants wherever she goes. She finds the good in every single place she visits. You can’t help falling in love with the kingdoms who publicly denounce her and the inhabitants that support her. Seriously Lia’s whole journey is an amazing story, all by itself. It is the only reason I kept reading the series.
Now for the bad: The love triangle
I am not completely opposed to love triangles on principal but this one got tiring. I really liked both men, and wanted them both to be happy. At one point she makes her decision which I was glad of, but then, of course, circumstances conspired against her and we were right back where we started. One of the classic tropes of love triangles is the “loser” finding someone else and living happily with them. This happened here too but it was rushed and weird. It just didn’t feel right. It would have been so much better if Lia had made her choice earlier and then we could have seen the other romance bloom properly.
The other issue I had with the book was the ending. The story dragged on right up until the very end and then it was super rushed. It was so rushed I couldn’t even figure out what was happening. I had to re-read a couple parts to figure out what was going on, and then I still didn’t understand. It was awful. All this build up is should have been great but it was just confusing.
So overall this book had some really great parts, but others parts fell short. I felt more frustrated with the book than anything else. I didn’t get the closure I needed at the end of the series. I debated giving the book only two stars, but I did like Lia and her Journey so I feel it deserved three.