Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.
I am so easily distracted from this book. Not engaging me at all.
While I don't mean it as the book being unoriginal, I managed to slog through this far partly by playing a game of "does this remind you of something" and fondly remembering other scenes from other books and movies.
For example, some scenes in an arena or safely caged boundary. What a deluge of scenes that brings to mind. Mutated humans (the Silvers) battling mutants with dissimilar powers = X-men panels with the new students. Royalty using peasant girl marrying up as propaganda while likely to kill her afterwards = Princess Bride. The ring/arena being enclosed by magic = ooh the Deryni books with that cover of new-to-powers Kelson battling inside a sphere with one color for his magic; "contest" to marry the prince screaming of the Bachelor and the Selection (particularly the Selection if you swap the 1 and 5 caste numbers for Silvers and Reds ) ...
Just because this book also has a couple of characters fighting hardly makes it unoriginal; that's not what I meant. But, it's not interesting me yet and I am instead getting the urge to reread a remembered favorite.
Other parts do remind me too strongly of other books (like the Selection and Tearling books) in writing style, characters and plot — it's now screamed the angst-y ya love triangle plot at me. Saw it coming *sigh* ... slogging on anyway with diminished hope.