As expected, another fantastic book by LJ Shen. I liked the big “blow” about Célian’s father at the end of the story and all the background in the media/news business. She did some great research here.
Yet, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between all of LJ Shen’s books. Somehow, she tends to write the same stories every time, and I don’t know if that’s annoying or brilliant. For example, her heroines are always the same – loyal, selfless, and a bit weird (Jude has her colorful Chucks, Emilia in Vicious has an awful taste for dresses, Indigo in Midnight Blue also wears weird dresses that she makes herself). Another plot point that repeats itself all the time: there’s always the vindictive ex that jeopardizes their relationships (and they usually end up in rehab because of alcohol problems). The heroine always has the great parents, the hero always the bad ones.
And, there’s always one person the heroine has to care about (in Bane it’s the old woman with the maze in her garden, in Dirty Headlines the father with cancer, in Vicious it’s Rose with her illness, and all of them are poor and need to save money for meds). And of course, the heroes are always selfish bastards with big egos and millions of dollars on their bank accounts and happen to have an awful past and/or a parent who wants to make their lives miserable.
Each of LJ’s books is brilliant, but I’d be happy to see some new approaches in the future. Let’s see how the All Saints High books turn out, can’t wait for them!