Eh: Rook by Sharon Cameron

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

Source: GoodReads

As regular blog readers know, lately I’ve been binging on a lot adult romances.  One of the tropes that I have been seeking is the hero in disguise trope.  I’m always a sucker for this trope because I think it really shows that the characters a capable of loving each other no matter what form.   Plus, it’s a little nod to The Scarlet Pimpernel which is always good fun.  Rook, is a YA book that is said to be a loose retelling of the story, but man does it not live up to what I wanted and because I wasn’t in the mood to waste time I DNF’d the book after like 120 pages-meaning, long enough of a read to get enough to write a decent size review.

My main problem with Rook was the world building.  While I don’t like info dumps, I want at least some explanation.  Other than having machines blamed for everything, we get no explanation to why we’re suddenly thrown back to the dark ages-or really Georgian period, since they’re not exactly praying all the time and all the stuff they did in the middle ages and are instead having balls and wearing wigs.  Other than I guess, Cameron wanted a reason to have the two characters betrothed and wear wigs.

Yay!?!?!?!?

The book opens up interesting enough.  Or it held my interest.  The main character rescues some aristocrat’s brats.  It’s an exciting enough beginning but it goes downhill after that.  I just had a hard time making connections with any of the characters and I didn’t feel any of their motivations or anything.

That’s one thing that can never hold my interest, if I can’t make any connection to the characters.  Had I liked or cared about Sophia or Rene or anyone, I might’ve held out and ignored the shoddy world building as it stood I could care less.

This might be a matter of taste though.  I know that a lot of people like more action oriented books than character oriented books, and to be fair there seemed to be “some” action going on in this book.  Some being the operative word because it was sort of hit and mess and filled with dialogue and confusion at best.  But there were things happening…so there was that.

Like I said earlier, I ended up DNF-ing the sucker.  It really just wasn’t holding my interest.

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