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am liking the duology thing. I like that the books are action packed, long but deep enough to cover everything it needs to in two books. I think it’s great – there are way too many series to keep up with and not enough standalones – and here we have the solution. So after reading and enjoying Disruption I was pleased to see that there was one more book, but not five or six.

Even though I know that sounds like I didn’t like Disruption, I promise I did! I’m just glad that it didn’t give me a chance to really resent it because there were too many books. So what did I think of Corruption?

I really liked it – for the most part! Maggie has been caught on her expedition with Quentin to the underground. All her lies have been uncovered and so has the shocking truth about her supposedly dead father. She has been imprisoned – it’s dark, damp and she doesn’t know anything. It’s a brilliant start.

For an unknown reason Maggie is returned to her house – she knows she’s being watched and her desire to bring down M-Corp is burning stronger than ever. She doesn’t even know if Quentin hates her after all her deception and everything is all up in the air and you don’t know what’s gonna happen and it’s exciting!

Maggie’s fight and her strength is what endeared her to me in Disruption and that continues in Corruption but it’s harder for her this time around. She’s more scared, more vulnerable mentally and that’s hard to see in such a kickass heroine, but after what she’s gone through who can blame her? I enjoyed watching her return to physical strength because I love her dedication to herself and her cause. Instead of curling up in a ball and trying to pretend her capture hadn’t happened, she made herself stronger, faster. I only wish she could have come back mentally as well because that was part of what I loved about her – her cold, calculating and manipulative personality, which was not as present in this book.

Gus is probably the best thing about this book but I couldn’t believe that J.S. would turn to the love triangle trope. Possibly the worst decision she could have made, it was addressed, swept more or less under the rug and then used an excuse for Quentin’s protectiveness and don’t touch her she’s mine mentality that I hate. Gus is such an awesome character, providing the lightness needed in otherwise dark or intense moments. But Quentin – I really liked him in Disruption but he didn’t really do it for me this time around. He got all snarly with Gus when he should know that Maggie can look after herself in most, if not all, situations. Let Maggie handle herself! And you know what else I couldn’t stand? The ridiculously cheesy lines Maggie and Quentin delivered to each other! Oh it was so bad guys I thought at one point I couldn’t handle it anymore, I wanted to throw up. It just didn’t go with their relationship as developed in the first book and it didn’t seem like them at all. There were way too many “I can’t live without you” and “I would die for you” sentiments for my liking.

I notice when I rant I go on about the bad stuff, but trust me when I say it’s not all bad. Oh wait – I thought of one more bad thing. You guys know how much I cry in books right? Well there was one character death that just did not pull any emotion out of me. I have no idea why but I just felt nothing! Oh and the other thing is the HEA. It all wrapped up very neatly with a happy ever after and everything’s okay now and nothing’s bad and PARADISE (barf). It was too easy and Maggie, I felt, had an oversimplified view of how things were going to go after the big showdown.

Okay I have stopped complaining, I promise. Because I did enjoy this and it’s because I enjoyed it that I get a bit nit-picky. As a duology it’s very solid. A great, action-packed storyline with a sweet romance that’s generally not overplayed with a smart and sassy heroine who stumbles into a plot to save the world. I do recommend!

3.5 stars.
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  crashmyparty | Jun 20, 2015 |
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Maggie is determined to bring M-Corp down and still hopes to win Quentin back despite the betrayal.

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