Honestly, neither book clicked with me, and maybe I’ll attribute it to my not being in the mood and suffering from previous book hangovers. But if I reread these two again at a later time, I probably wouldn’t change my mind about them.
Unpopular opinion time! I’ve had Zafon’s book on my TBR for years and maaaaybe if I still adored the writing of classics, I might have loved this book. The style is definitely there, and it was recommended to me with great praise. So I eventually picked up an audiobook version. Sometimes characters made me laugh, but overall, I got bored halfway through, and I just gave up listening to it over something better.
As for The Assassin Game (an e-copy copy of which was provided generously to me by NetGalley), I was just disappointed, short and simple. The MC drove me nuts, her romantic interest drove me nuts, and the game–which should have been the best part of the book–was a lackluster, over-dramatized version of Assassin, without the actual assassinating. Which took the fun out of the book entirely.