DNF Review of Public Enemies by Ann Aguirre

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By: Ann Aguirre
Release Date: August 4th 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

DNFed at 39%

Through a Faustian bargain, Edie Kramer has been pulled into the dangerous world of the Immortal Game, where belief makes your nightmares real. Hungry for sport, fears-made-flesh are always raising the stakes. To them, human lives are less than nothing, just pieces on a board.

Because of her boyfriend Kian’s sacrifice, she’s operating under the mysterious Harbinger’s aegis, but his patronage could prove as fatal as the opposition. Raw from deepest loss, she’s terrified over the deal Kian made for her. Though her very public enemies keep sending foot soldiers–mercenary monsters committed to her destruction–she’s not the one playing under a doom clock. Kian has six months…unless Edie can save him. And this is a game she can’t bear to lose.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed the first in this series, Mortal Danger, fairly well. I had a connection with Kian and Edie and some of Aguirre’s descriptions were incredibly creepy. I figured Public Enemies would be more of the same so I was eager to try it out. Sadly, even from the start, I was afraid this book wasn’t going to work for me. I had lost connection to the characters- maybe a reread would have helped. I didn’t really care about Kian and Edie’s relationship any longer. The writing wasn’t nearly as strong as it was in the first book. I felt that there was a lot of telling so I was unable to really get into the storyline.

I only read up to 39% so I’m not certain how things concluded but there was a more in depth look into a character, the Harbinger, (I honestly can’t remember how much this character was mentioned in the first book) that felt really stereo-typical to me. I felt that I’d read this same character many times before. He was a dangerous yet charming guy, misunderstood perhaps and I could see it going into love triangle territory. I have NO CLUE if it actually did since I didn’t finish. I could be completely off base there. The saddest part though was that even though his character felt done before he was the most interesting part of what I read.

Final Thoughts:
I maybe should have stuck this one out since Ann Aguirre is such a wonderful writer. As I neared the mid-way point and was still not enjoying it I decided I’d move on to something else. If you’ve read it let me know what you think. Did I make a mistake in giving up?

Also, what do you think of the change of pace concerning the cover art?