“For the perfect love, what would you be willing to lose?
It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods—only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.
X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future.”
Man this year is not a good year for me. This book was so hyped up. I kept seeing it everywhere and so I was like, sure man let’s dig into this.
I was so disappointed.
The Romance Aspect
This book is supposed to be a harrowing tale about love and sacrifice and I just… couldn’t dig it. Since the book relied heavily on the romance I was really disappointed to find that the romance was instant. That love at first sight kind of deal. I, for one, am a fan of the slow burning romance. The romance that’s got the tension, the banter, the suddenly intimate situations that make the reader yell “JUST KISS ALREADY!”. That’s the kind of romance I like. It needs to feel earned. It needs to feel real. This romance felt like I had to believe it, but there was so little chemistry. A lot of the romantic aspect was told rather than shown.
I mean, Zoe is enamored by X’s physique which is understandable but that in the span of, what, twelve hours it turns into this burning, passionate love and I just. I don’t get it, man. You barely know the guy.
For instance, when they kissed, it didn’t feel earned any of the times it came up. It felt like I just had to accept it because plot.
I have to admit there were things that I liked a lot about both Zoe and X’s character. I found Zoe to be a bit endearing in the way she acted and blurted out random things in certain situations.
The one thing I really didn’t like, though, was how Zoe treated her brother. She mentions early on that her brother had ADD or ADHD, but is really mean to him. A lot of the stuff she does she says she does out of “tough love”. For instance there’s a moment where her brother Jonah wouldn’t leave the house. He refused to do anything that would lead him to leave the house. Zoe mentions that she did this when their dad first died and instead of consoling him and letting him cope in his own way about the situation what does she do? She tricks him into going outside. Granted she feels terrible about it afterwards, but it never seems to me that she fully understands what she’s done. Jonah is adorable and I really liked him, but I really didn’t like the way Zoe treated him.
X in general was a pretty bland character. He was the typical noble and righteous archetype and… that was kind of it. He instantly fell in love with Zoe for who knows why and then spends the rest of the story doing things so that they can be together forever and what not. How exciting.
This novel didn’t really do anything for me. I spent most of my time skimming through the pages and finishing the book quicker because of it. The only part I really liked was when one of the side characters was insulting another one. It was funny and I took a delight to it. Otherwise I felt like a lot of the storyline was really predictable, the romance wasn’t fleshed out, and the characters were pretty flat. I think if this book was a lot longer and we had a longer time to be with these characters I would be more into it, but it was pretty short for the kind of story it was and I didn’t really enjoy that because things felt incredibly rushed.