Author: Jan Ellison
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The main character of A Small Indiscretion is interesting in that she’s unlikeable, which seems to be the buzzword for female characters these days. Unfortunately, while I do want to see a diversity of both male and female characters, I don’t care if they’re unlikeable or not. What I want is for them to be understandable. Unlike Grace in Unbecoming, Annie has no explanatory backstory or clear motives driving her actions. This made her decisions, especially the ones I disagreed with or found stupid or selfish, hard to put up with. This book’s saving grace was that it did make me curious. As much as I wanted to shake Annie and ask her what she thought she was doing, I wanted to find out her whole story even more. It wasn’t my favorite read though and if you’re looking for an unlikeable or just different female protagonist, I think there are better books you could start with.
The plot of The Magician’s Lie wasn’t my favorite. The bad guy and his love of hurting people and animals was too creepy. The parts where he hurt animals weren’t drawn out and were bearable, but are worth mentioning for people like me who hate when animals get hurt in books. Overall, my favorite parts were the uneventful ones, when the focus was on Arden building her career as a magician. As one of the only female magicians, she was a trailblazer, but on top of that, she also incorporated a feminist message into the tricks she designed. I thought Arden was a fantastic character, interesting, passionate, and successful. Although I would have loved this book even more had it focused solely on Arden’s career without adding an outside antagonist, I’d still recommend it.
This book made me think a lot about how we decide who the main character of a book is, because for me, the main character in this book was always Mia, even though we almost exclusively see her from other characters’ perspectives. As other reviewers have said, the pacing of this book is a bit slow. Although I found it interesting to watch Mia’s relationship with her abductor, Collin, develop, I felt bored for the middle of the book. I started to enjoy the story a lot more towards the end as her situation began to change, but then I still found the ending frustratingly predictable. Overall, this was a fairly average read for me. The plot was slow, but occasionally interesting. Mia and Collin were fascinating characters and I enjoyed learning more about them, but the end of their story was predictable and disappointing. The writing was fairly average. I might recommend this if you particularly like thrillers