Content Warnings: Graphic sexual scenes/situations, violence, blood/gore, bullying, child abuse, rehashing of verbal/physical/emotional abuse, ableism, PTSD, and anxiety.
We pick up directly where volume one left off getting to see a lot of day-to-day activities that Maxi does while continuing to try to prove her worth. Afraid that Riftan could decide to divorce her Maxi is determined to prove her usefulness at the castle. Still working on decorating the castle and improving the grounds Maxi is busy throughout the day.
I wasn’t as invested in this volume as I was the first…I was hoping to see more progress in Maxi coming into her own and finding her inner strength. The next volume sounds like it will be full of situations that will test Maxi, not only testing her individually but testing her trust/faith in her connection to Riftan. Both Maxi and Riftan are still secretive about their inner thoughts and feelings and I look forward to their trust, and love for each other, growing to where they finally feel free to completely open to one another.
Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance.
5 Stars: Completely blew me away
4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it
3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly
2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing
1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.
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