A World Where Kidnapping Is An Acceptable Way To Start A Relationship | A Promise of Fire | ARC Review

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Paper Bindings | A World Where Kidnapping Is An Acceptable Way To Start A Relationship | A Promise of Fire | ARC Review | TITLE: A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) AUTHOR: Amanda Bouchet RELEASE DATE: August 2nd 2016 PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Casablanca  ★
TITLE: A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)
AUTHOR: Amanda Bouchet
RELEASE DATE: August 2nd 2016
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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“Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.”

Story: 2 stars
Romance: 0 stars (Because negative stars wasn't an option.)

I’m going to apologize for any swearing right now. The romance in this book was unhealthy and it sets me on edge.

I found A Promise of Fire to be:

  • Full of potential…..at the start
  • Disappointing
  • Focused on an unhealthy relationship

I was so excited to have been approved to read an eARC of A Promise of Fire.

The cover lured me in, and the premise sounded really good. A girl with the power to shape kingdoms who’d rather do anything but that which she was born to do? Sign me up!

Unfortunately, I should have known better.

Read the blurb, Carrie. Read the blurb. You know a book where the romance begins when one kidnaps the other very rarely ends well.

I really loved how A Promise of Fire started out.

The circus was interesting and I liked how the Greek mythology, which I never expected, was being woven into the story.

And -this part kills me later on- the heroine Cat started off as an awesome representation of a powerful female.Cat was so amazing when we first met her. She was smart and saucy. She had skills and knew how to use her talents to the fullest effect. She was brave, and she was loyal to those who deserved her loyalty.

But then she got kidnapped.

The book tells you this was going to happen, but what the blurb failed to mention was that this awesome female character was going to be replaced by this whiny, weak ass, whipped little Stockholm Syndrome suffering twit.

Her power was nulled by a magic rope, and her brain was nulled by whatever part of Beta-But-Really-Should-Be-Alpha-Because-He’s-That-Badss-Even-Though-He’s-A-Total-Tool Sinta/Griffin she happened to be admiring and turned her on even though he kidnapped her and dragged her around with a four-foot piece of magical rope that could only be untied by him.

Wait for the swoon ladies and gentlemen, wait for it.

Cat’s supposed to be this awesome, powerful figure. 

She was the legendary Kingmaker, with the power to topple kingdoms and build new ones. She was tortured, practically from birth, and had to harden up to survive. Where the hell this that girl go? Suddenly she couldn’t fight, had no brains, and blushed like a newborn virgin bride.

Griffin was a total *censored* 

I really don’t want to pollute my blog with more unpleasant words, so I’ll just list the reasons why he’s a word that starts with a “d” and ends with a “g.”

  • He kidnapped her because he refused to let her do her own thing when he has need of her (both sexual and for his kingdom.)
  • He dragged her around and physically abused her. Does he hit her? No, but he jerks her leash and lets her stumble. He pulled her around, and it was keep up or kiss dirt and be pulled along. She ended up on the ground multiple times. She even fell off a damn horse, too.
  • He was a primitive caveman barbarian. He wanted to fuck the girl, so he dragged her around until Stockholm Syndrome made an appearance and she couldn't escape.
  • Because she couldn't literally escape. She was bound to him, in multiple ways throughout the book. But of course, the girl had a choice to be there and receive your amorous attentions…..right? RIGHT? Fuck off, Griffin.
  • It’s all very: ‘Oh, PS, we’re going to get married in the future, because your mine and I will never let you go. EVER’ and ‘oh, thank the gods you’re a virgin -even though I’m an experienced male who has lots of sex with lot of women because I’m a male and I get urges- because now I don’t have to kill anyone for touching you. YAY!’
  • He forced her to bath naked while he was also naked while they were attached by the magical four-foot rope. Good time.
  • Did I mention he threatened to kill the people she loved? Multiple times, too.
  • And let’s not forget how pissy he got and how disappointed his friends and family were whenever she rebuffed him….BECAUSE HE FUCKING KIDNAPPED HER and she was forced by magic to be with them all.
  • He was territorial and aggressive with his friends if they came too close to her. And he actually liked them. Just imagine how he was with strangers.
  • He’d rather tie her up, leave her defenseless, and risk death coming for her than to let her fight to survive because she “might” run away from him before he could stop her. Even though he admitted he'd just chase her down anyways because she was his.
  • She had no say in anything in her life anymore because Griffin made all the decisions for her.

“..you appear to have decided on both without ever consulting me.”
“Give it time, you’ll see I’m right.” (94%)

  • He put her in a fucking cage. Sure it was a fancy castle and had luxuries, but a cage with magical bars is still a cage.

And, I’m done with you Griffin, you killed this book.

The plot other than the romance?

Was there a plot other than the romance? I don’t know.

This book was basically him dragging her around by the hair and swinging his club at anything that came near her. He ignored her warnings that someone one was after her, that someone shows up, and some fighting ensue. More caveman routine at a castle. Blah, blah, blah.

As if that wasn’t enough of a letdown, the ending sucked. 

We get a pseudo ending, complete with a sexual laden encounter to heal (I kid you not.) A bunch of boring shit followed, and then we get the official rip-off ending.

The heroine doesn’t fucking do anything. The “hero” doesn’t fucking do anything. And the “bad guy” has absolutely nothing to do with the overall story of her being the Kingmaker and fighting for a kingdom or toppling power.

We get another weak-ass moment of Cat being a victim, and then the book was over.

But stay tuned! Because it’s happy ever after and the duo is going to take over the world! Or maybe it’s unhappy ever and the duo is going to take over the world. Or maybe they don't take over the world. I don’t really know, and I don’t really care.

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Do not read this book if:
  • You want a book with strong characters.
  • You want a book that has a healthy swoon-worthy romance.
  • You want lovable characters.
  • You want a decent plot.

I cannot recommend A Promise of Fire to anyone in good consciousness. I should have put this book down as soon as it became apparent the relationship headed down an unhealthy path. But I held out on the tiny hope that it would get better. It never did.

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