(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
This is another book I’d ideally give 3.5 stars to. I’ve got more into the superhero genre recently, so when I saw this book available on Goodreads giveaways, I entered to win a copy… and was quite happy when I did in fact win one.
I have to say, I felt like I was entering in the middle of a plot. The characters were interesting, to a certain extent… and it was a pretty neat idea to use the Spirit Room to show what their pasts were like… or some of them, at least. For Neptune, Uri and Mars, it made them quite a bit more interesting.
I also found Venus quite an interesting character. I was especially intrigued by her relationship with Jupiter. What was somewhat confusing was the naming system. I wasn’t entirely sure if they were just named for the planets, or if their abilities were linked to the planets. To me, it seemed very much more like their powers were similar to the Roman gods, who were also named after the planets.
I felt like I was missing a lot… not just about the history of the characters, but in the book as well. I couldn’t understand the assumption that a particular character was a bad guy when there seemed to be no actual evidence for it other than, ‘He became more outgoing’.
The idea of the Assembly was an interesting one, but I didn’t know enough about those characters to figure out why they’d all joined together. Or what their purpose was.
I would have liked to see more of Neptune in this book. I found her probably the most likable character… plus, I felt the author did a really good job of showing how she could use her power over water.
The idea of the Spirit Room was a really intriguing one, but I was a bit disappointed that nothing was done with any totem animals, considering that was repeatedly mentioned.
I also really liked Eris and his relationship with Pluto. I’d be interested in reading the book about Eris, since I’d like to see more of him… and hopefully see his character and relationships evolve.