Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson – Book Review
*Updated at the bottom.. now that I’ve had some time to think…
First of all, thank you SO much to Henry Holt&Co for the early copy of this book!
–My original reaction–
I might change the stars on this later, after this has simmered a bit. But here’s going to be a non spoilery ramble and jumble of quick thoughts. Full review to come closer to the release date- when I’ve figured out how I actually feel about this book. But here’s a quick glimpse….
The first half of this book had me losing my mind- it was so amazing. I was literally on the edge of my bed…battling the desire to rush through the pages to find out what was going to happen next and trying to slow down and savor every moment.
The second half… well maybe I was clinging to all these awesome scenarios on how it could end.
And then it ended… and I feel empty
I’m not saying the ending was bad or not bad. I’m not necessarily hinting at how I feel about the ships… but I’m just empty.
Maybe its because I was completely overflowing with the feels for so long there.. and they were utterly worn out and exhausted by the time I finished. I just cared so much for every character and I needed a little more maybe? I can’t explain it.
I think that’s all I can say right now aside from I HIGHLY recommend finding a reading buddy for emotional support if you are really into this series. THANK GOD for you
because my mental state would be
right now had it not been for your support and perfectly timed gifs. (You guys should seriously go check out her reviews because they are the BEST.)
I think this pretty much sums up our journey…
I’m still going to wait to write a full review for this.. but now that I’ve had a little more time to digest what happened, I just need to write this out.
I can’t help but feel a bit devastated. I feel like the first two books and the relationships were just there to mess with us…
I love this world and these characters to pieces. Honestly I think most people will like the ending… but I feel a bit gypped. Almost 60% of this story was solely focused on Lia with the other characters pushed off to the side. My favorite characters were a shadow of themselves.. brushed off and almost “put in time-out.” Mary did such a gorgeous job of attaching us to these characters in the first and second book (ESPECIALLY the second book) and the resolution was just.. not fulfilling?
Anyway- that probably doesn’t make sense but I’ll include more detail in the spoiler on my goodreads review (see link at the bottom)
Regardless, I still recommend this series and I adore Mary as an author. I just feel like my expectations were SO high and I needed a big resolution for everyone and I’m just sad… so I’m gonna crawl in a hole. Maybe if I reread this series and I’m more prepared for it down the road… I’ll enjoy this third book a lot more. It was NOT a terrible book by any means… this is just coming from an emotional standpoint. I’m just bleeding a little bit. I really really do hope most people are able to enjoy this book.
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