So before I review a book, I read some reviews of the people that I follow to see the points that people have on the book and see where my views are in comparison. With that being said, apparently there is a lot of hate for this book because it is anti-feminism and encourages girls to hate on girls?
That’s absolutely silly. It’s like people are looking for reasons to hate a book these days.
You are correct in saying that some of the girls Sage (our heroine) was trying to match (she’s an apprentice for a match maker after being deemed unmarriageable) said some terrible things about her. But it wasn’t because she was another girl, it was because of her place in the class system which is just a history thing.
She was basically a commoner compared to the ladies she was assigned to match. She played the part of a lady in order to encourage the men to pick whom she wanted them to (which is a tactic used by the matchmaker), which upset the girls; which, I will admit, was super petty because she was trying to help them, but it had nothing to do with her gender. It had everything to do with her class. I mean, even when she pretended to be a maid she was treated as a next bang by the guards.
So if you are reading this review, and you are hesitant to read this book because of all the hate, just know I had no idea that was a thing people were saying and completely and utterly enjoyed this book.
The plot was driven and unique. So many people were spies and had layers of different faces they used. Sage pretended to be a lady, and then a maid, and then another maid, and then a soldier. I’m not sure where the comparison to Mulan is suppose to be in this, because I don’t see that at all.
I do have one complaint: how in the world does Sage come up with so many military plays when the actual mean in the military can’t? I would feel they would be more trained in the planning of the military and not just the execution of killing people and defending their country; but instead, they were sometimes like “oh I have no idea” and then Sage would be like “oh how about this” and they would be like “you are a genius” and then that was that. That was a little off to me.
There was no instalove in this and that was a strong reason I loved this book. It could have swung in the direction of instalove so easily, but it was a gradual and bumpy ride before we got there.
This was a really entertaining read and I hope people will read it and form their own opinions on it, instead of just assuming its content. I’m actually pretty excited for the sequel. This pretty much concluded itself, so I have no idea where the next book is going to go.