Series: Book#4 in the Arcana Chronicles
Published: August 15, 2016
I’m not going to put a blurb on here because it includes spoilers from the last book in the series, and I don’t want to ruin it for whomever so chooses to read it in the future. HERE is a link on Goodreads to the first book in the series, Poison Princess.
This book did not disappoint me at all. I would go so far to say as it is tied for my favorite in the series next to Poison Princess. Evie struggles with a great loss in convincingly confused fashion, as she is still forced to choose between her two loves, one of them presumed dead. Evie’s struggle with accepting this, turning into a black hat trying to make the impossible happen by turning back time, seemed real to me. She kind of goes a little insane, which I feel is an acceptable response when you lose the man you initially chose.
I have always struggled in picking a side for this race to the Empress’ heart. While I have always loved Aric, I feel like his claims on Evie were always a bit creepy because it was based in the far past and not the present. This book managed to clear some of those creepy crawly feelings up and although I will always have a special place in my heart for Jack, I can see Evie with Aric long-term.
I really enjoyed some of the new characters that we saw, particularly Sol, who I grew to like from his prequel novella in the collection Day Zero. He is funny and cool, although I still find his motives and actions a bit confusing even a week or two after finishing the book originally.
One of the most interesting parts is the development of Matthew’s story separate from those of his friends. This part kind of ends a bit abruptly…actually the whole book does.
Mini rant: I absolutely love this author but WHY DOES SHE ALWAYS DO CLIFF HANGERS??!?!?!!? She really has you on the edge of your seat, especially after the last two books, which do not seem long enough at all. No seriously, the book is 280 pages which in a world of Maasian 700 page monstrosities IS NOT ENOUGH. *rant over*
But while we are on the topic of endings, the ending left me reeling and was everything that my super trashy romance loving heart desired. However, I do believe that the paramedic guy may be Minor Arcana and kind of messing with everyone’s head. This is not a fact, just an opinion.
Thankfully, a Spring 2017 release date has been set for the next book in the series which already has a title and a cover! This is definitely on my can’t-wait list, and I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series.
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