The Lost Labyrinth (The Last Artifact Trilogy Book 2) just lost me. I barely managed to hang in there with Book One: The Dark Rift. Today I can go no further.
Male lead (Gabriel) lectures female lead (Natasha) on how all pretty girls only date jerks and then try to ‘fix’ them. Female lead’s reaction: “Natasha was taken aback by the truth in Gabriel’s words.” So the author can’t even claim that it’s just a part of Gabriel’s personality–instead, it’s the author lecturing the reader. Now I understand why the image of Natasha has been so oddly naive and childlike–it’s the only way for the author to make an exception for her. It’s also a form of paternalistic condescension–there there, you didn’t know any better.
Well I got all three books as review books. I managed to finish the first one, but I’m reading no further on book two and plan to avoid book three. I already had a number of complaints in book one, and I have zero interest in continuing to read through this crap.
NOTE: Book provided free for review by publisher.