Sunday, 4 July 2021

The Heir and the Spare by Kate Stradling

 




TW: BULLYING, GRAPHIC DOMESTIC ABUSE (SISTER AGAINST SISTER), TORTURE

I started this by just reading the beginning to see if I'd give it a chance later and ended up reading it non-stop to the end in just a few hours, it's one of those rare highly addictive books.

I would have rated this 5 stars if it were not for the GoT levels of violence against the main protagonist, as a survivor myself it was highly triggering - and what is more, ill treated in its resolution, [SPOILER] everything is forgiven by the protagonist, which I find hard to believe, someone who is violently bullied for 4 years doesn't just fall in love with their abuser (hopefully!) especially since Jaoven started off by showing he hadn't changed at all, no matter how much he changed his tune throughout the book. I personally could NEVER have forgiven him, and I was disappointed that Iona did forgive him. [END SPOILER]
That being said it is literally the only bad thing I have to say about this book! I am in awe of Stradling's gift for writing and plot! This was such a joy to read, as I said I could not put it down and I resented any interruptions to my reading.

If you can withstand the trigger warnings I highly recommend this book, but please be warned that they are to be taken seriously.


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