Rounded up to 3 stars.
I managed to finish it and now I can say that it was the most depressing and helpless book I have ever read. I would even warn you, don't read it if you suffer from depression. It could be then really dangerous.
Though I prefer books with a HEA, I'm not someone who specifically avoids books without a good ending.
I would never judge against a book because of the ending. I like an ending that fits the book.
I like the books that even in spite of unhappy ending, despite being sad are emotional, heart-warming, touching
but NOT in a depressing way. The most important thing - they have to give a reader at least a slight glimmer of hope.
If you're Okay with the only "positive" message of the book
YOU CAN HATE DEEP, BUT LOVE IS EVEN DEEPER.
then you can read it.
This book left me with a blank icy stare after reading it and with a much emotional distress and pain, helpless, powerless, sorrowful, numb with grief. This story broke my heart. It is deeply pessimistic.
It is not JUST the ending - the whole story is enduring torture.
But I have to confess, a very well written one.
Sorry, I need a hope in my books.
The writing- 5 stars, the story-1 star. I know I'm in the minority, but there are readers who share my opinion about the book.
Todd expressed exactly my thoughts. Warning: it contains spoilers.