Fighting Destiny, Amelia Hutchins

Caution, mild spoilers ahead.

“A few things go through your mind when you do something stupid. Like, oh hell this was stupid, along with that moment of perfect clarity that this might be the last stupid thing you ever do.”

I was ready to abandon this book when I was 80-pages in. In fact, I did. But then I read Playing with Monsters by A.Hutchins and thought maybe I should give it a second chance.

It all began with the overconfident disclaimer

“This read is a soul crushing, tear jerking, and leave you hanging on the edge of your seat, fast paced read. Side effects may include, but are not limited to: drooling, lip biting, wet panties, crying and screaming at the author. If any of these things happen, do not seek medical attention – get the next book in the series and enjoy the ride!”

I did want to scream at the author and indeed it was a side effect of this book, but only because of its quality, not its content.

I found the characters overconfident of their abilities and too perfect. It was not a character with whom I could associate so I was not interested in what would happen to them. Syn was getting slightly more interested by the end, but there was too little to hold onto. She was more annoying than anything else, she makes constant bad decisions and is claimed by Ryder. Claimed, as in owned. Which is supposed to be hot? Hm… Okay… Let’s agree to disagree…

I hate a man who treats a woman as property. I do not find it exciting, I do not think it should be. I am not talking about erotica written around submission and domination, as long as it is voluntary. I am talking about rape. And it didn’t appear in the first chapters and then flourished into something else. It kept going and there was just a blurred line between rape and consent.

I wanted to scream ‘Show, don’t tell!’ over every page. I don’t like when I have no imagination left to do, I am not reading fiction to read a dissertation on how a character felt at any given moment.

There is a tingle of a promising story with all the Fae and witches and their abilities and hidden agendas. The mystery hidden behind the case makes you want to keep turning the pages, but the story is too boring and too slow to develop. Most of the time it is just Syn and Ryder arguing if she is his property or not.

I should have left it unfinished instead of picking it up again.

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