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  • I Regret Finishing This Book

    Evelyn's sister Rose is simply perfect.  No one has met her that did not immediately adore her.  No one could imagine a dull life without her until she leaves a note that she has run away.  This event creates a chasm between Evelyn, who is convinced she has been kidnapped and is desperate to organize a rescue, and her parents who are desperate to protect their social standing.  Does Rose need saving and who can save her? To be quite frank, I should have marked it as a DNF and moved on early into the book.  I just kept hoping the ending would be worth the time invested-it wasn't.  The writing was shallow and did not create an emotional connection between myself as a reader and any of the characters.  Least of all, Evelyn, the main character.  She is supposed to be headstrong, independent, and a trailblazer.  However, she came across as arrogant, irritating, and weak.  Furthermore, the main objective is for her to rescue her sister, Rose, but her attention keeps getting misdirected towards the love triangle that forms between her, Mr. Kent, and Mr. Braddock. Another issue that I had with the writing in regards to the characters is that the supporting characters are not well established.  For example, halfway through the book Mr. Braddock becomes Sebastian, which is initially confusing.  Another example is the character of Robert, the gentleman who has had his heart set on Rose since childhood.  He is introduced in the beginning and then is absent until about halfway through the book where is expected to have been remembered by the reader.  He does not really serve a purpose except to get in the way and remind the reader that Rose is missing.  He is an annoying obstacle rather than a big help.  The love of his life is kidnapped and all he does is get drunk, whine to anyone who will listen, and talk down to Evelyn.  I had hoped he would snap out of it at some point and get to helping Evelyn and the others rescue Rose rather than wallowing in his self-pity.    The final issue that I had with the book was the love triangle.  It. Serves. NO. Purpose!  It does not enhance the story.  In fact, it seems to be more of a filler than anything.  The romantic connections are lacking in emotion.  The only "romance" is Evelyn being defiant towards their advances.  Also, the powers of each gentleman are not mind-blowing.  The only thing I am willing to bend on my opinion of this is that, in regards to Mr. Braddock, his powers do somewhat provide a tragic backstory for him.    This book claims to be "Jane Austen meets X-Men" but it tragically fails.  There is not any depth to any of the characters.  The ending seems rushed in order to make it into a series of books rather than a standalone.  The powers of some of the characters are lacking and therefore does not even compare to the superpowers of the X-Men. The only thing I can see where they desperately attempted to make a connection to X-Men is that in the end they are trying to recruit other people with powers to form a team.  Also maybe that the former governess of Rose and Evelyn, Miss Grey, is kind and can find and communicate with people through the mind, kind of like Jean Grey/Marvel Girl/Phoenix in X-Men (but this Miss Grey communicates with others in their sleep) but even that is a stretch. In conclusion, I would not recommend this book to any reader, although there are many reviews that state the opposite.  I would also not recommend this book in the AudioCD edition.  I listened to it and the voice of the narrator was monotonous and did not do anything to liven up the plot.  Finally, I would not recommend this book for readers who may be offended or triggered by violence, mild foul language, prostitution, rejection, gossip, and death. Please note: A AudioCD copy of this book was generously provided for free through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program, in exchange for an honest review.

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