It's not often that I don't finish a book or won't promote a book I've read, even if it wasn't my absolute favorite there's usually something I liked about it. And I've never thrown a book away physically until this morning. Let me back up though to explain myself before you get the pitchforks out!
I am such a huge fan of historical pieces, especially about people who live in communities like the Vikings did. They're so ancient, they have so many legends that they're almost myths themselves now. I was weary about this one only because I have a love/hate relationship with YA novels. I love how they're written usually and the stories they tell, but I am not a fan at all of when they make the female character smitten, lovestruck, and hopeless for a guy, obsessive really. It's such a huge book turnoff for me. There was a little of that in Fable by this author but then Namesake (the second book in that series) was better about it. When I read this was her first debut novel I had no idea which way it would go.
This was a great addition to the villain series that fit perfectly into the overall story. I read the Cruella story before this, and as good as it was I feel it didn't fit as well. This had more to do with the story of the fairies and the Odd Sisters where Cruella did not. I really thought the explanation for Cruella's jade earrings that seemed to make her crazy would be answered in this book because on the cover Lady Tremaine is wearing the same jade earrings. In the book Jade earrings were never referenced, but she does wear a jade brooch that was said to be cursed pirate treasure when her husband bought it for her. I'm guessing it was a part of the same pirate treasure and if they do a Captain Hook villain book in the future we might finally have that mystery figured out. Those are just my theories.
First off, I have to say that I absolutely love this series. All the books fit so nicely together into this big pictures story and connect so well. They did a great job of planning the series out it feels like before ever writing even the first one. I wasn't sure if I was going to like the Cruella story, or even how it would fit in since she's a more modern character while the others are more fairy tale medieval/renaissance time. But I loved this story! By the time I was halfway through I had a really hard time putting it down for the night.
This was a great addition to the Villain series that gave us a deeper insight into the history of madness from the three odd sisters whom the entire series seems to revolve around. I don't want to give too many spoilers because there were definitely some "aha!" moments when reading their history and making.