Six of Hearts by L.H Cosway
“We both know that mystery is better than the truth. So why not live with the magic? Be a kid again and believe in the fantastical. Life is more fun with a little smoke and mirrors.”
After reading the Goodreads synopsis, I knew I had to get my hands of this book. I will quote it her for reference, at least some of it. "Step right up and meet Jay Fields: Illusionist. Mentalist. Trickster.I think in triangles. You think in straight lines.I show you a table and make you believe it’s a chair.Smoke and mirrors, sleight of hand, misdirection. I trick and deceive.But most of all, I put on a good show.The world thinks I killed a man, but I didn't. Bear with me. It’s all a part of the plan.Revenge is what I want. I want it for me and I want it for her.I want it for all six of us.She doesn't remember me, but she’s the reason for everything. She’ll be my prize at the end of all this–if I can hold onto my willpower, that is. Maybe I’ll slip up a little, have a taste, just a small one.So go ahead and pick a card. Come inside and see the show. Look at my hands, look so closely that you can’t see what’s happening while you’re so focused on looking. I’ll be destroying your world from right here in the spotlight.You’ll never see me coming until it’s too late.I've only got one heart, and after I've pulled off my grand deception I’ll hand it right to her.So, sit back, relax, and let my girl tell you our story. You’re in for one hell of a ride."
I mean I read that and I was like oh my god, I love magic. I love romance. I will absolutely adore this book and I was hit in the head with a huge block of disappointment. The story is NOT bad, not bad at all. The plot is exciting and it riled me up. The steamy scenes are absolutely hot. So what didn't do it for me ? Well a lot of things actually.
1. The narrator's rambling. I have a huge huge aversion when the narrator of the story does this: "What? I said my inner dialogue was a bit" or "What? I had a rap phase." I found these whatever you want to call them unnecessary words to a book. They do not have a purpose whatsoever and it is like the author wanted more words so she decides to write stupid things like this. I hate when authors do this, I found that it is something I am able to do in my own writing and not something an actual author should be doing. It's useless and God I am sorry for rambling, but I HATE when authors do that.
2. The story's ending was a bit predictable. Not the part of <spoiler> the man who was supposed to be dead is actually alive, but like how the book ended and how everything turned out to be fine. It is like the synopsis already tells you everything you need to know and gives out all of the necessary moments of tension in the book.
3. There are many times when I wanted the author to explain better what was occurring, but she went on and had the narrator become sick or something. There is a scene where Matilda almost gets stabbed and then the author doesn't follow up the threat. In the end we learn that Jay went to punch the guy. It could have been much better, I mean I don't know.
4. The parts where he is doing magic I easily compare them to a book I just read called "The Night Circus" and I was expecting something like that. Interesting and lyrical. I was disappointed that I was given a not sure of herself woman that narrates everything and rambles way too much.
I wanted something more I guess. Sad that I didn't get it. :(
ALSO... Very important point---> This point doesn't only go to this book but many more others. I consider myself to be a feminist, I believe in equal rights for female and men. However, I have come across many books where they make slut acting woman represent "Strong" "Confident" women. NO ! NO ! NO ! A strong woman is not someone that sleeps around and fucks everyone that either has a vagina or a dick. In this case Matilda's best friend is portrayed as a "more confident woman" than Matilda. But that is so wrong. It's like women are getting more and more rights and they are just using them on cheating and on sleeping around. One thing is to have fun the other is to excuse a slutty behavior as "empowering." Both sexes shouldn't be sleeping around and cheating that's just wrong and in no circumstance should this type of behavior be rationalized as "confident."