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on May 10, 2013 :
When it comes to series, consistency is the key. Stoyanoff has nailed that on the head. The beautiful town that she created for her novels never has a face lift, becoming something different from novel to novel or scene to scene. Her descriptions remain as vivid and detailed as ever without becoming redundant or drawn out. There is also a very similar writing style that runs through the series as a whole. Above all, however, I appreciate the fact that Stoyanoff’s novels are consistently well written, with this one being no exception to the rule.
Don’t get me wrong, the storyline itself definitely does not stay consistent. There are so many twists and turns in the storyline that you can barely guess where it’s going next. Stoyanoff keeps you perpetually on the edge of your seat. Looking back, you can see how the story and the characters got from point A to point B, but while reading it, you’re along for one very exciting ride. This novel is so unique that you can’t help but want to dive in and keep reading.
Ok, so before I get started on characters, you should know that I’m a huge Eric fan. Like drool and fawn, want to make him mine Eric fan. That said, Mitchell absolutely kills me in this installment. He is priceless. Stoyanoff doesn’t give him a magical personality overhaul, but yet is much more engaging than he has been in the past. I absolutely love the fact that Stoyanoff’s characters remain consistent throughout all of her novels. All of the main characters were quite well developed and rounded by the end of the second novel in the series, but you still get some new tidbits about them here. These characters draw directly at your heartstrings, which pulls you further and further into their lovely world.
This installment in the Soul’s Mark series is definitely a must have. It might be a bit difficult to read as a standalone novel as you would be missing some background information from the initial two novels, but that’s the joys of reading a series. It also does wonders for the storyline of the series as a whole. At the end, you’re left wondering: How in the world are they going to fix this one?
Please note that I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 15, 2013 :
Thankfully we pick up literally right where the events in "Hunted" left off. There isn't much that I can say about the story that wouldn't be a serious spoiler, so I will stick with my thoughts on the final book in this trilogy.
All of the mysteries surrounding Megan's allegiance are resolved, and finally we all learn about the entirety of Amelia's past and the role that she, and Mitchell, play in present day events.
The resolution is a relief after being kept in the dark through the other two books, and certain suspicions I had developed were confirmed. Thankfully that is not to say the ending is spelled out in advance. And days later I am still trying to decide how I feel about the final twist at the end, though I will admit that in many ways it fits the involved characters to a T. I just wish that a particular character would have grown more than they did, yet I can see the author choosing the route she did, as it leaves a foot in the door should she want to come back and tell more of the story of the residents of Willowberg.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)