Saturday, February 2, 2019

Let's Talk: "Till Death Do Us Part" by A.J. Lee

Title: Till Death Do Us Part
Author: A.J. Lee
Genre: Dystopin/RH
Page Length: 605 pages
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Date Started: January 22, 2019
Date Finished: February 1, 2019
Rating: 3.5 // 5 stars

*I was sent a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

My first impressions of this book are that this book was enjoyable and I'm definitely excited to see where the story goes next after that ending (if we get a second book, that it). I thought the characters were enjoyable and the plot to be pretty interesting. Overall, I would recommend this to RH lovers!

I did have a few smaller issues with this book. The first was that it took me a little while to really know who was who. The characters that our MC meets all have nicknames for each other, but the MC calls them by their real names in her narration. It was hard for me in the first hundred or so pages to understand who was who. Eventually I got a hang of it, though. The other thing was that one of the characters' nickname was Pops. I kept picturing an 80 year old man, not the potential love interest that we were supposed to think of.

Other than that, I didn't fully connect with the characters and story the entire time. I thought the characters were enjoyable and I'm definitely invested in their stories, but I didn't 100% connect with them. I think more conversations between the MC and the characters individually would have helped me with that. I thought the story was interesting, but I wasn't dying to pick the book up every time I had to put it down to deal with responsibilities.

However, I thought the other aspects of this book were done really well. One of my absolute favorite parts of this book was the showing of emotions. The main character is female and typically in a lot of RH books of this nature, the men are stoic or only show positive emotions and are super protective of the girl. But in this book, she was just as protective and active as the men. She would cry and show her emotions, but so would they. The men in this book actively showed their emotions, their love for each other, their fear, their pain, their tears, etc and I loved that. It was so refreshing to see actually emotions from these characters because it made me connect with them more than I would have if they were stereotypical RH characters.

I thought the plot moved pretty fast and I enjoyed the route the story took. I'm not able to comment on realistic-ness because this is taking place in a dystopian zombie-infested world and things are obviously going to happen differently. I thought that it was pretty interesting, though, and I'm curious as to seeing what will happen next if we get a second book. There were definitely a lot of jump scares, some gore, some tough moments where my heart was hurting. But there was also laughter and smut and happiness. I liked seeing the balance because a lot of dystopians only focus on surviving and forget to showcase the happy moments that can still happen.

Overall, I thought this book was a pretty good RH. I'm definitely hoping that we get a sequel because I'd love to see what happens after that ending. A huge thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book for free and allowing me the chance to experience this story.

Thanks for reading!

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