Hellooo lovelies! I’m sorry I’ve been so absent recently. Ive been more social as of late and really haven’t been getting much reading done recently— which isn’t an entirely bad thing, but going from work to socializing to home most of the time can be tiring and I haven’t felt very creative recently as far as writing reviews or taking Instagram photos (though I’ve honestly tried both). It doesn’t help that the book I’m talking about today is one I wasn’t able to get through.
TYPICALLY I don’t talk about books I don’t finish, but I did talk to talk about this one. I received an advanced copy of The Last Hope by Becca and Krista Ritchie earlier this year. Now let me start off by saying that I LOVED the first book in the duology, The Raging Ones. It had such an interesting premise, the setting was right up my alley (a futuristic space academy) the characters were written so well and so flawed that I just couldn’t get enough, and the ending was such a cliffhanger! It was a fun sci-fi trip that I was so hyped for the sequel.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the writing as much as I did in the first book and each character remained as well written and individualized as they were in the first book. The thing that had me hesitating and dragging my feet was that the pacing was all wrong for me.
With the cliffhanger ending of the first book, I went into The Last Hope expecting something fast paced with a lot of new characters being introduced. We DID get the new characters, however they weren’t introduced until about 40% through the book. I ended up DNFing this novel at about 52% because by that point the plot hadn’t progressed and it honesty felt very stagnant. Maybe I went into the story expecting too much because it IS a very character driven plot, but after absolutely loving the first novel it was hard to get into this one. It didn’t grab my attention like the first book did.
Maybe I’ll give it another try at some point, but as of right now this novel isn’t getting a rating from me. It wouldn’t be fair to the authors of the world and characters they built.