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I would say this is one of my favourite series in the Angel genre. And it's not because I am biast, with Jessica being a aussie like myself or anything, but I feel the world Jessica has created has been special and unique, which isn't easy when there has been so many stories all similar in one aspect or another. But somehow, she makes it unlike anything else out there, and I feel that is one of the thing that makes these books stand apart from everything else.
We begin right off from where 'Emblaze' left off, with that bloody darn cliffhanger. We had to wait a year between books with something like that. I don't know how I survived it, to be honest. It only made you want to know what was going to happen next.
I won't say what the cliffhanger was, for those that have yet to read Emblaze, and don't want something, which I feel is a game changer spoiled. I guess that's something you have to consider when publications aren't up to date with one another, and in this case... it's the US that is a tad behind.
Violet's life isn't any easier in this book. She sure has had her share of bad days, and they keep on coming.
She and her friends are instructed to head to New York, to go face to face with the council of the Grigori, after what happened in Jordan. The reprecussions of the events that happened there have not gone over well with the elders, should we say.
Not only does Violet have to prove herself to them, to show that she is indeed 'one of them', but they soon have their hands full dealing with an unexpected turn of events that transpires, and Violet and her friends need to decide the right course of action to take before anyone else gets hurt, or worse.
The much complicated relationship between Violet and Lincoln only becomes even more complicated, if that's even possible. But it is also even more beautiful, honest and heartbreaking than ever before. There are some amazing moments between the two of them that will make your heart roar, but other times, some moments just make your heart ache because they are hurting from not able to be with one another.
I'm sure Jessica doesn't do it on purpose, but the things she puts these two through is so heartwrenching, but I expect a payoff eventually... but thankfully there are more books to come, because the cliffhanger? Yeaaah... its one I wouldn't wish to be for a final book in a series. But its also one that makes you learn for more, and wonder what will happen next.
There are so many crazy things that happen in this book. I'd say.. it's one of my favourite books in the series. Many reveals get put in the open. New relationships form.. and maybe old ones as well. And after the story is done, you can sit back... and things will start to make sense, as in things that you thought you knew, but after finding out new information.. you start to get a whole new vibe to it.
I guess I should mention Phoenix, eh?
Well... of course he is in this book, probably more than the other books, well maybe except for Embrace, which I think he is in quite a bit. But in this book, you discover a new layer to him, and he'll do things that you don't expect, but in a good way.
He is quite the character... and actually, I went from hating him in the previous book, to understanding him a bit more.. and I am not sure I would say I like him, but I feel and get him and his actions.
Lincoln is one of my favourite characters, and I love that we got to see more of him in this book, and get to know him a tad more than we might have before. Just when I thought I couldn't love him any more, I was wrong and he is there showing me things I didn't know, or even think about. The way he loves Violet is so real.. so raw and so passionate. I want a Lincoln... can I buy him somewhere?
Jessica needs to start working on the next book like now, because I need it in my hands, but I know we might have to wait a while, and I guess.. IF I have to, I'll wait.. but with that kind of ending? Damn --- I can't say it's going to be easy.
Jess does such an amazing job with this book, I could not put it down. So many feelings came out of it, I can only imagine it couldn't have been easy for her writing it.
Rating: 5 out of 5