A Reaper at the Gates Mini Book Review

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Number of pages: 420

Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1

Rating (out of five stars): 3

I’ve been stalling from writing this review for 2 days. Maybe I’m sick of writing 3 star reviews. Maybe my brain has been weird this week. Maybe I wish I were giving this book a better rating. Maybe it’s all three. Whatever the reason is, this review is happening, so prepare for what may be my least insightful review in recent history (which is saying something).

This book isn’t a bad book. If you’re a really big fan of this series you will probably love A Reaper at the Gates. The problem for me is that I read book 2 the day it came out in August 2016, and my interest has waned since then. I just have so many series I care so much more about, and I haven’t really thought about this one for 2 years.

My one actual complaint I have is that there is so much Helene in this book. I have never liked her. Like I’m not interested in watching an adult outsmart a teenager who refuses to listen to any and all advice. The politics of this world just don’t interest me at all, and that’s basically what Helene’s chapters are filled with.

I’m also very upset about something that happens near the end, and I’m not upset about it in the good “this book destroyed me” kind of way. Why on earth would you put all of your faith in 3 random teenagers? How was that your master plan? Your champions in the race to save the world were seriously a guy who hates everything he is, a bland and horrible girl, and a quiet girl who wants no part of this. I’m trying to be super vague so I don’t spoil anyone, but I was so mad when I read that part.

I don’t really know what else to say. This is definitely an “it’s not you, it’s me” situation because my rating has nothing to do with the quality of the book (though I also didn’t pay that much attention to the technical aspects because I just didn’t care anymore). I’m giving A Reaper at the Gates 3 out of 5 stars, but I’m not sure you should put too much weight on how I feel here.

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