Holy lord.....it hurt to read this book.
This was not a frilly book.
The killer wasn't just misunderstood.
s'Ex wasn't perfect.
There wasn't a Happily Ever After.
The death that occurred wasn't a secondary character's.
No one saved the day.
Oh my god.
I don't have words to describe what I feel for this book.
This was a heart rending, gut wrenching, sobbing through it all good hurt book. And yes it hurts to read this. I cried during the whole book. There wasn't a time during this reading that my eyes stayed dry. Not one. And it wasn't a Hunger Games cry either. The only other situation I can compare this to is when Albums Dumbledore died.
The book follows the Shadows' lives. Trez and Selena and i'Am and Catra. There is a twist that none of us saw coming at the end of this book. It was ugly. There were situations in this book-like when the bitch queen had s'Ex's daughter's chart altered and had her killed because she had commoner blood in her and he didn't save her out of respect for his traditions-that made it fuckin ugly and imperfect.
There was Selena dying and not being heroically saved because it doesn't work like that. There was i'Am and Catra sleeping together. The villain of the hour was the Queen of s'Hisbe.
This book had so many imperfections that it is the most perfect book I've read in this year.