I was left with mixed feelings for this new series from Annabeth Albert
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I am so torn over just what I think about this book because: A) Annabeth is one of my favourite authors and B) I actually loved a lot of this book.
But, for me at any rate, it seemed to take forever to actually get to the meat and bones of the story.
My status update (on Goodreads) should explain a bit about how I felt, it seemed like I’d read almost a whole book but I was only at the half-way point.
Both characters are wonderfully expressed and both are dealing with serious issues in ways which felt realistic to me as an outsider never having dealt with either an eating disorder or with alcoholism.
They both had interesting quirks and backgrounds that never overtook the present, but the present itself just dragged on for a bit too long for me.
However, having said the above, I absolutely adored the final third of this book, it was everything I’d expect from an Annabeth Albert novel. It was expressive, it had trials which were overcome with some good communication, it had forgiveness and acceptance that asking for help doesn’t make you weak.
Huge massive positives also for the setting. The descriptions of Alaska put me right into that landscape, I followed on the journey as they explored the hidden gems and beautiful national parks which make up this remote and stunning state (from all the images I went and looked up while reading!)
There’s an interesting set of secondary characters but I didn’t get Griffin’s mother at all, she seemed unduly hostile to River from the out. River’s old friends were perfectly portrayed though as a set of vacuous people with which he no longer had anything in common.
Overall, I really enjoyed the final part of this book and firmly believed the two of them would make it into their Happy Ever After, but the first quarter dragged and that’s why my rating is one star lower than it would have been otherwise.
#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review