Monday, February 12, 2018

Review: Heart on Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #3) by Amanda Bouchet

Heart on Fire by Amanda BouchetHeart on Fire
(Kingmaker Chronicles #3)
by Amanda Bouchet
January 1, 2018
380 pages

Goodreads     Indigo

Goodreads Summary:
Who is Catalia Fisa?
With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin's role in shaping her destiny.

Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step--reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.

What doesn't kill her will only make her stronger...we hope.


Let me start off by saying that I've never been the biggest fan of The Kingmaker Chronicles but I enjoyed the first two books for it's highly addictive and entertaining qualities. They were cheesy but nevertheless fun. I can't say the same for Heart on Fire.

The finale to The Kingmaker Chronicles is a bit of a mess. Most of the story felt like fillers, added to lengthen the book. I just couldn't muster up any feelings to care about anything anymore. What was happening on the pages just seemed so irrelevant and dragged out.

The worst thing about the book was how whiny Cat was. I enjoyed her growth up to a certain point. Just when you think she's got things figured out she revert backs to the self-doubts. "Regret is a part of life, and if only is a bottomless well where wishes don't come true." (eARC, Loc 4041). It took her so long to figure her own s*** out. Don't even get me started on her Little Bean talks. "Compassion has no rules. And Elpis (meaning hope) abandons no one." (eARC, Loc 5457). In Cat's case, I've lost my respect, patience and hope for her.

Now let's talk about Griffin and Cat. It was already established that they're super in love but they had to reiterate it at almost every turn because she felt insecure. Their words were just too over the top. I cringed every time Cat talked about Griffin's size. Yes, his size. In all manners. Too much. Too often. The only upside to their relationship was how they were equals. The two were stubborn as hell but they respect and talk to each other.

I guess my favourite thing about Heart on Fire is Beta Team and their newest additions. Ianthe, Cat's younger sister, was as loyal as ever. Bellanca, a Tarvan ex-princess, conjured up some laughable moments which both helped to defuse tense scenes and to serve as some comedic relief. Also props to the author for her ability to retain my interest in the side characters. She baits us with possibilities. If I'm sniffing the air right, Carver and Bellanca
might be a thing. Then I'll be curious enough to pick up the spinoff book(s) should there be any.

Compared to books one and two in the series, Heart on Fire was weak. Many parts of the story felt unnecessary and dragged on for too long. Besides the equal partnership between the two main characters and the positive relationship with others I didn't enjoy this finale at all. I also apologize for the ranty nature of this review.
2 Cats
*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own and not affected in any way. All quotes were taken from the Advance Review Copy I received.

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