NO SPOILER but if you don’t wanna know anything before reading it, don’t read this review at all 🙂
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir is one of my most anticipated sequel this year. After reading so many praises about this book, I obviously went in with a relatively high expectation. You know what usually happens with too much expectations. They almost always disappoint. But let me be clear, I’m not saying this book was a disappointment. It just didn’t live up to my ridiculously high expectation 😦 anddd let me tell you why!
If you’ve been following my status update on goodreads, you’d see that I had some ups and downs reading this book. It picked up right where we left off on the first book so naturally, it was intense and brutal and fact paced. It was like a marathon of plot twist! Everything that could go wrong, went wrong. So I knew from the start what to expect from this book. I was bracing myself for the absolute worst.
BUT, the strange thing was that I honestly wasn’t impressed with this book, at least for the first ten chapters or so. Despite all its action-packed scenes, it felt… skippable (is that even a right word?). I literally skipped some paragraphs because it was sort of… dull for me. It wasn’t until at least page 200 that things REALLY heated up. It was intense and emotional and OMG SO MUCH FEELS! I love feels and this book definitely broke my heart! Too many deaths I couldn’t deal </3
And unlike in the first book, I kinda dislike Laia. I love her character development and all but she was just so irritating to me. Everything revolved around her, everyone loved her, and everyone lost a lot of things because of her. Too many lives be the cost of her actions. I mean, I don’t think it’s worth it, but every character on the book seemed to think otherwise so it might be just me. I also got irritated by the way she felt and acted toward both Elias and Keenan. It’s just irritating!
On the other hand, Helene and Elias completely won my heart ♥ They’re my precious tortured souls and I couldn’t deal 😦 They sacrificed too much and my heart ached for them </3 I’m absolutely glad with their character development especially Helene OMG she’s definitely a torch against the night!! I also love the side characters like Harper (yes I do), Afya, Izzi, Livvy, Mamie Rilla (she rocked btw) and I’m sorry but WHEN THE HELL DID COOK BECOME SO FRIGHTENINGLY STEALTHY?!! I did not see that coming. Also, why is the commandant so EVIL to everyone? It’s beyond me. I never met a mother so cruel. But she made an awesome villain, so there’s that.
Ahem. Now let me just point you to my favorite element of this book : THE PLOT TWIST! Sabaa Tahir is so clever. But the best thing about it is that I TOTALLY SAW IT COMING! Not precisely, but like, I had this feeling that I knew something was wrong and going to turn up in that direction. I feel like I graduated to another level of reading 😛 But that’s beside the point because the plot twist is amazing and it’s definitely a game changer! I have to admit, I softened toward Laia after this twist. Just a little, but still. And Harper’s revelation at the end??? I WANNA KNOW MORE DAMN YOU!
I couldn’t wait to find out what Sabaa Tahir had for us on book 3!! ♥♥♥
Have you read A Torch Against the Night? Or the first book, An Ember in the Ashes? What do you think about them? Would love to hear your thoughts! ♥
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