Book Review – The Brightest Fell (October Daye Book 11) by Seanan McGuire

I don’t even know where to start.

So many mixed feelings for this book, y’all. I am absolutely conflicted.

The story starts out with a bang. There’s a nice little party, the crew is hanging out, Toby and Tybalt get some quality time, then BAM!!!

Toby’s mother Amandine shows up. It’s so hard to get a read on her. She’s either the most selfish type of narcissistic jerk alive, or she’s seriously whacked in the head. Sociopath, for sure. I kind of wanted to be sympathetic towards her for Toby’s sake, but I really just want that woman to die.

Toby has to set out on a quest, of course. She must find her lost sister, August. The quest seemed like a worthy one, but it was waaaaaay too easy. It was pretty much like she rolled the dice and hit the jackpot. Not very fulfilling, y’all. Kinda lackluster.

Toby had a couple of companions, one of whom, Simon Torquill, was previously an enemy. A really bad enemy. It was interesting to see the interplay, but it felt false. Simon did a 180 and was trying to help Toby. The relationship never felt sincere to me, more like it was forced to move the story along.

And then came the ending.

I was mad, y’all. M-A-D. Toby’s family is just mean. I don’t like them at all. I especially don’t want to read more about them. Just UGH.

But, there’s Toby and Quentin and Tybalt. So I have to keep reading the series.

The next one better have some redemption or revenge in it, ‘cause I can’t take two M-A-D books in a row. Hurts my feelings too much.

The reviews from other readers are glowing, though, so you’ll have to read it for yourself and let me know what you think.

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