Kami Garcia , Margie Stohl
Pub Date: Oct 18 2011
Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?
Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.
Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan’s return, vowing to do whatever it takes — even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.
Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series.
So after that ending we were all excited to see what would happen next. And lots of things happened in this book, that much is true. But I wasn’t wild about it. There was some cool stuff going on, but I just felt as if things went just a bit too easy. In general this book is just so different from its predecessors. Now we have a part from Lena’s point of view too, which was to be expected seeing as they are so far away from each other. If they hadn’t switched it up we would have missed half of the story.
The characters were still pretty much how we left them in Beautiful Chaos. Ethan and Lena’s love was still going strong even though they were so far away from each other. Ridley and Link were still trading quips every time they got the chance. Liv was still as boring as she had become since meeting John Breed. And let’s not forget about Amma who has a very emotional moment with Ethan. Yet again we have a bit of the “let’s not tell anyone important about the things that are going on because that might make things easier” stuff and as I mentioned in my review of Beautiful Chaos, this is not something I’m a fan of. After all they have been through they should have just been honest and things might have gone better.
I guess the one thing that irked me the most about this book is the fact that things just went far too easily. There were lots of challenges to overcome, yet instead of mountains they were just tiny hills apparently. This made me very sad. There were lots of cool challenges ahead and I kept thinking about how on earth they would overcome these huge problems. And then the bad guys pretty much throw in the white towel before the game even starts. Every single time! This was a major let down in my opinion. They could have had fewer challenges and worked them out better. Nope, instead they have the “I’ll just wing it”-approach and it works every time. How convenient.
There were definitely some parts of the book which I did like, some of the new characters we meet are very interesting. And I really did like the idea of the challenges that Ethan and Lena had to face. But for me this book was the least good of the whole series. It just could have been so much more and I expected more as well. So yes, I was slightly disappointed. But I’m really not saying this book isn’t good, it’s a nice conclusion to the story. It ties up the loose ends and it was a pretty satisfying ending(though the ending was anything but unexpected to me).
So if you have read the other books in the series I really do recommend that you read this book, it’s a nice last book in the series. And who can stop right before the last book anyway?
Synopsis and image taken from Goodreads