Title: A Winter’s Promise (La Passe-Miroir #1)
Author: Christelle Dabos.
Publisher: Europe Editions.
Page count: 492.
Release day: September 27th 2018 (French: June 6th 2013)
Genre: YA, fantasy.
Rating: 1 star.
I should have DNF’ed this book.. I absolutely disliked my time listening to this.. TBH I didn’t listen to the last 2 hours of the book (I think that equals to around 50 pages). I keep saying I should DNF books I’m not liking, but then I keep not doing it.. I just wanted to know why so many people like this one!
I already went into this book thinking it would not really be for me, I don’t even really know why, it just didn’t sound very special. But as I said I wanted to know why people like this and it also fitted one of the polarthon prompts so I just went for it!
The first half of the book was just boring. Nothing happened, the main character was just annoying, didn’t care for any of the other characters. But I continued because the premise sounded good. The main character was married off to a noble from a faraway country and she is traveling there. This is something often done, but I often really enjoy this trope! But unfortunately it did not make me like this one.
After the first (boring) half, it was as if the author could not choice what she wanted to do.. As I said we had the arranged marriage, with the husband who does not want to marry her. But we also had her having to pretend to be something else, people wanting to kill her and betrayal and it was just way too much and the story became just very chaotic. Because there was so much going on, it all felt a bit underdeveloped. I think it would have been better to focus more on less topics!
I didn’t care for Ophelia throughout the entirety of the book.. I was bored by her in the first half, and there were so many parts in the second half were I thought she was either stupid (in trusting certain people) or annoying.. which really did not help for me enjoying the book. Then we also have Thorn, the one she is supposed to marry, throughout the first half of the book he is very quiet and acts as if he doesn’t care about Ophelia and wants her to go away. And then randomly out of the blue he changes his mind and involves her in a lot of things, and I just didn’t get it. It is okay to change your opinion, but it can’t just happen overnight?!
Since I wasn’t liking the characters nor the plot, I think that explains why my rating for intrigue and enjoyment are so low as well! When I had 3 hours of the audiobook left, I decided to just put it on double speed and finish it. But I found myself not paying attention whatsoever so I decided to not listen to the last two hours, and just move on to another audiobook. But since I was already so far in, I’m just going to count it as read.
I think it goes without saying that I won’t be continuing this series!