Carte Blanche (Camille Anthony in Charming the Snake) – Conclusion

Nothing from the world Ms. Anthony created makes sense. Nothing:
We are in the middle of the future. The humans have left the earth because otherwise they would have gotten extinct and live now on another planet. Even though they couldn’t save all the people, they could save the horses and -most importantly – the crickets.
Anyway, when the settlers came to this earth, they decided that Regency was a great time, let’s just get back to this and within about 70 years, everybody not only accepts that, but actually lives this societal model to the fullest extent.
And somehow, the science got lost in between, because we can’t even identify bodies because of their DNA or even their blood group anymore.
Oh yeah, and there’s no police. At all.

Leaving aside the irregularities within the world-building, what is wrong with that plot? Not only doesn’t it make any sense, it’s also badly built up. We wouldn’t have a chance guessing who the bad guy was because there was not a single hint. But even if there was, the story is so ludicrous that no sane person could have guessed it anyway.

Plus, character motivation: obviously overrated.

Honestly, this story reads to me like it was set in actual Regency England. Then Ms. Anthony got a call asking for a story that somehow had SciFi written on it and she decided that adding some details to her existing Regency story would be enough to accomplish that.

Oh well.

Open Questions

Why did Ali stay friends with Chassy? Chassy only ever treated her like shit or a stepstone to something else.
What happened to Liana? And the threat she sensed sounded more like the whole planet was in danger, not only Chassy’s father. Was that really the only threat?
Why the fuck did Chassy have to be clairvoyant? Just so she’d be able to recognise Dare as her one true love right away?
What happened to the almost fiancé?
Is Dare’s father a better guy than he seemed to be or is he the asshole he seemed to be?

As for the main plot, I’m not sure if there’s still any open questions, because I’m still not entirely sure if I followed every relation and every twist correctly.

Eternal Truths Learned

A woman is nothing without a man. And if she doesn’t have one, she shall also fade to nothingness. Immediately.
Never trust somebody who is dead to actually be dead. It’s all a trick.
Never contact the police if you get shot, but always try to find the culprit yourself, while pretending to be dead.
If you have children, use them for your revenge.

As usual, you’re very welcome to add to this list in the comment section.

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Carte Blanche (Camille Anthony in Charming the Snake) – Epilogue

So, because the other chapter ended pretty prematurely, here’s the recap we get at the beginning of the epilogue:

“I am glad your father reinstated you to your title and inheritance, but so sorry about your mother.” Chassy snuggled up beside her new husband [I KNEW IT! I knew that they’d get married and it’s awful. Who does that after a murder attempt?] and slipped her hand into his. He squeezed her fingers, feeling a mix of emotions hard to put a name to. [He’s probably tired and annoyed for getting told what he already knows by his new wife.]
“(…) I never dreamed she’d try to kill you again. When she came at us, the serpents thought she was attacking me. At least it was quick, if painful. Being struck by so many angel-serpents — the venom acted blindingly fast.” [“Well, thank you for telling me that, sweetie, but if I remember correctly I WAS THERE WHEN SHE TRIED TO KILL ME FOR THE SECOND TIME.”]
“(…) Our father drove her out of her mind with all his infidelities.” [Because a woman without her husband’s love automatically has to go insane. There’s no other way.] C.C. lounged on the couch opposite them, (…).
“At least he wasn’t to blame for our brother’s fiancée’s death. According to what Mom confessed, he was blind drunk when Eschell crawled into his bed, and he never knew he’d slept with her. Her mistake was bragging to Mom about the pregnancy. When Daniel discovered Mom after she’d drowned Eschell, she begged him not to turn her over to the authorities. (…)
“Anyway, the only alternative for him was to end his own life. And she killed her maid in order to fake her death in that chamber fire. She disappeared and started a new life away from father and her guilt over Daniel’s suicide. (…)”

First of all: If you want to recap something, do it properly, not with having characters telling each other everything everybody (except the reader) knows already. That sucks.
Secondly, this is worst than an episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, hell, an entire season! Murder, pregnancies, conspiracies, suicides, wrong impressions, etc etc. The only thing missing is incest. But if you count Eschell sleeping with her father-in-law, then it’s all there.
Thirdly, why the hell would Eschell want to do that? What could she possibly gain from it?
Fourthly, in case you forgot: THIS IS THE FUTURE! What happened to science? How the hell could Dare’s mother fake her death that way if she wouldn’t even succeed today?

Anyway, finally Chassy explains what her father had to do with the whole thing. Apparently, he had seen and recognised Dare’s mother after her fake death. So, she decided to kill him. Oh, and the Duchess of Pettibone was Dare’s and CC’s aunt. [For whatever reason that is important.]

Well, after everything’s cleared up, CC’s leaves the newlyweds, because there’s still a virginity to take from Chassy.

The End. (Or is it? CC still doesn’t have a wife…)

Carte Blanche (Camille Anthony in Charming the Snake) – Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fourteen aka The Last Chapter Before The Epilogue starts with Chassy getting ready to be married. Since her “break-up” with Dare two weeks ago, she has constantly lost weight so that her wedding dress has to be refitted again. But Chassy is not satisfied.

I haven’t lost enough weight to suit me. I want to fade right away and become nothingness. [Nothingness? Nothingness? Oh my goodness.]

Exactly the message you want to give to young women: If you have boy troubles, become self-destructive. You aren’t worth anything if you don’t have a boyfriend.

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