Wednesday, 21 February 2018


The Abyss Surrounds Us (The Abyss Surrounds Us, #1)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've read so many great things about this book that I couldn't wait to read it. And now that I have... I'm completely underwhelmed. I wanted to love this, I honestly did, but there were too many things that bugged me.

No matter how far I got into this book, I just couldn't connect with Cas. A lot of her decisions confused me. The way her defiance towards her captors fades so quickly was also super annoying. But the worst thing: I just didn't buy the romance because I hate the captive falls for their captor trope. Hate it SO much. Especially when the captor keeps screwing the captive over and over.

The Stockholm syndrome in this book was too strong to ignore. I never liked Swift, either. She was arrogant and pushy and that Cas even developed any feelings for her seemed so weird to me. I didn't buy it.

Anyway, let's talk about the story. Pirates, sea monsters and a bunch of take-no-shit kinda girls was a great concept. The idea behind this world really was amazing, and while most of it translated well, there were several details that didn't. A few things just didn't make sense. Maybe they'll be dealt with in the second book, but I'm not sure I'll bother reading it because I was really disappointed with the ending.

And what happened during that final battle really angered me. I couldn't believe what Cas did. :/

The best thing about this book--and the sole reason why I kept reading to the end--was the actual writing. I loved this author's writing style. Her voice is great.

Such a shame I didn't love this story as much as I thought I would.


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