Another thing from the same book I was talking about above (about the MC and the love interest arguing about which one the mc should end up with, scroll up):
So one of the LIs is actually a long-lost prince of the MC's kingdom/country and has been imprisoned secretly with his mom, the queen. So the queen and the MC's mom were close friends back when they were kids, and the queen goes like "yea, your mother and I planned for you and my son to be betrothed, but obviously that didn't happen!" and the prince LI hears this
and looks at her like he's in love with her?????? What??????? I wouldn't hear this news from my mom that I was supposed to be married to some girl I hadn't seen in 8+ years and barely remember and think "ah yes. she must be the one."
then the prince insists on going with the MC and her other LI, to which his mom says no (understandable he's the only fucking child of the monarch and doesn't know how to use a gun oh fucking course sneaking into a highly guarded government facility is a bad idea) which leads the other LI to be killed and MC goes into grief.
Like she's in her room, not eating, not talking to anyone, and this prince, has the FUCKING GALL, to slip into her room and say "hey MC will you marry me? you can be the queen" LIKE BITCH WHAT THE FUCK?????
Even more shitty: SHE SAYS YES BUT ONLY BECAUSE SHE BELIEVES THIS SHITTY PRINCE WILL HELP HER MOVE ON.
MC YOU ARE 14 YEARS OLD. YOUR CRUSH ON YOUR VERY BORING LI IS AT BEST A PUPPY LOVE, ESPECIALLY SINCE HE'S LIKE 17.
It's been over a year and I still don't know if I'm supposed to like or dislike Shittier Maxon Schreave, but my strong hate for his character and how terribly he was written still continues.
(added bonus: this book spawned two more sequels. I'm not reading either of them and I never will.)
Anyway I should seriously consider a career in online book reviews. Typing these out is fun.