How This Fantasy-Fearing Journalist Fell For ‘Ruthless Vows’

(It’s much more than the romance!)

Meredith Cummings
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Inside dust cover of the OwlCrate edition of Ruthless Vows

Ruthless Vows, by Rebecca Ross ⎸ Macmillan Young Listeners ⎸ $32.99

The fore-edge painting of the OwlCrate edition of Ruthless Vows

I don’t do fantasy and I don’t mean just books. I am the person that you don’t want to watch a movie with. The last superhero movie I saw was probably the first Spiderman. If the movie is fictional then I will point out every flaw, every impossibility and every ridiculous thing that can never happen in real life.

I am, to be blunt, a nightmare. Do not invite me to your home. Ever.

Part of this aspect of my personality stems from my job as a journalist and a journalism professor. I deal in facts. Period.

So what drew me to this book? I arrived at this series against my will.

Last year, my daughter declared Divine Rivals — the first book in this duology — the best book she had ever read and called it her favorite book. Between us, we read hundreds of books a year, so coming from her, this meant something.

There are few people for whom I read books I wouldn’t normally be inclined to like. Life is too…

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Meredith Cummings
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Muppety. Freelance journalist, Teaching Assistant Journalism Professor at Lehigh University, Essayist, Book reviewer