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Derrolyn Anderson is a visual artist and writer of young adult fiction.
She is the author of the four book "Marina's Tales" series and the four book "Athena Effect" series.
on Aug. 07, 2015 :
WOW, what a series this was! Each book got better and better. I am sad that this is the end of such a wonderful series. I am going to miss reading about these characters everyday. This is truly a series that I highly recommend reading!
Just when everyone thinks that they can finally settle down and live their lives everything is turned upside down again. Between the mob, the professor and the senator all after them which way do they turn?
I could just start gushing about everything that happened in this final installment but I am not going to spoil it for anyone. I will tell you though that it is action and suspense packed from beginning to end. My heart was racing during so many scenes. I felt like I was on a rollarcoaster ride. The suspense was like that. You're heart is racing waiting for it to get to the top and then go over the other side at full speed. There are so many twists and turns I didn't know what to expect to happen next. The romance is there, but it's not overdone which I liked.
This book and really all of the books in this series are very well written. I loved how each character got their time in the "spotlight" in this story. We got to get to know each character and their personal story. I have to say that Caledonia and Calvin are still my favorites. But I have come to really like Layla, Ramon, Michael and Mina. I thought the author did a great job with how each one of them came together to help get the others out of some really dangerous situations. I am happy that the mob, the professor and the senator got what they deserved.
All the loose ends were tied up nicely. The ending was not rushed and we got to see into the future of each character. I loved how everything turned out and what Caledonia and Calvin were doing with their money. All around a happy ending for everyone. It was so neat to see and remember how each one of them started out in the first books and how they have transformed into these amazing people by the end. I just wish that there were more books because I am going to miss everyone. I had such a great time enjoying reading this series. I guess I will have to re-read it again sometime in the future. That's what you do with your favorites right? This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on Feb. 14, 2015 :
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was a wonderful ending to one of my favorite series! All the loose ends were taken care of and each character had an ending that suited them perfectly.
This book starts out with Cal, Callie, Layla, Ramon, and Michael getting a much-needed break from the chaos that has consumed their lives recently. I thought (or hoped) that the first half of the book was going to contain nothing but roses and sunshine, and the last half would focus on the action and mystery solving. But I should have known that this book wouldn't follow the same formula I am used to because none of the other books in this series has.
There are plenty of things that I have come to expect from a Derrolyn Anderson novel. I know when I pick up one of her books I will get subtle humor, emotionally mature romantic relationships, great action sequences, and strong heroines who know how to take charge in one moment and be vulnerable with the people they love in the next. And what I also expect from this author is storytelling that keeps me guessing. There's not one great big mystery to solve in this book, but I was still constantly wondering what was going to happen next. .
Some horrible things happened to Callie and her friends/family, but it never felt like they were suffering just for the sake of suffering. Everything they went through made them stronger, and they weren’t put in those horrible situations just to make the reader feel on edge. The trauma they endured was balanced by all the wonderfully peaceful and joyful moments they got to experience. If the entire book had been professions of love and happy moments, it would have been boring, but if they just kept getting pounded with one terrible tragedy after another, that would frustrated me. This book and all the other books in the series finds that perfect balance between dramatic and peaceful moments. They endured some challenges, but they became stronger and better people because of those challenges. And everyone also gets to have moments of exceptional happiness, and there is no shortage of cute scenes that will cause you to smile and swoon.
I know I am gushing a lot, but I rarely find a series like this so I feel I deserve the right to gush! These characters became important to me, and it was nice to see them all get to a good place in their lives. A happy ending means more when it is earned, and these people earned their happy ending. Also the blending of romance and action in this series was tailor made for me.
This final adventure had my pulse racing because of the suspense and the romance, and that is exactly what I wanted. If you've read some or all the other books in the series and liked them, do not hesitate to read this. If you haven’t even read the first book, and you are cheating (like I so often do) by reading reviews of all the book in the series to see if it has a good ending, I can guarantee you that it does. You’ll fall in love with the main characters, hate the crap out of the villains, probably tear up once or twice, and have a great time while you are reading.
Just in case I haven’t made myself clear…
GO READ THIS BOOK!
Because of violence, I would recommend this book for ages 15 and up.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
on Jan. 18, 2015 :
Did I enjoy this book: It was just a little too convenient for my taste. Although I LOVED the first book in the series, I’ve become increasingly dissatisfied with the rest of it. Tidy plots are always a bit surreal (I mean, what are the chances you’d just happen to meet an online gaming pal IRL, and she just happens to be a hottie FBI agent AND the daughter of the one man that can save you and your family from the mob boss you accidentally annoyed?). I’m all for happy endings, but The Athena Effect books got progressively less plausible, and The Redcastle Redemption was just too contrived to be believable.
Would I recommend it: If you’ve come this far in the series you might as well keep reading.
As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Books.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on July 20, 2014 :
I think The Redcastle Redemption is a good final book for The Athena Effect series. Everything that happens with Cali, Layla and Michael wrap up nicely. The story begins with an unexpected scene which leads to a lot of action scenes. It felts so fast but not in a rush. I mean, in that one single moment the characters indeed need to think and act immediately since their life are in danger.
I loved that Layla grow so much since I first met her and so does with Michael. He's different now. He knows his mistakes and wants to make it right. I think among the three, he’s more real to me. I don't know, maybe it's because he doesn't have power, unlike Cali and Layla. He's jealous with their power and makes mistakes because of it but he knows it, admit it and want to be a better man because of it. It doesn't mean that I didn’t love Cali and Layla, though. I do love them, it's just I also see Michael differently now.
As for the romance, it's still as sweet as when I read The Athena Effect, for Cali and Cal's relationship and The Caledonian Inheritance for Layla and Ramon's romance. But I have to admit that I missed reading Cali's unpredictable-innocence questions about ordinary things. I think it's what makes her unique as a character I've ever read.
Although I loved the action in this book, it didn't feel as creepy and thrill as in The Mackenzie Legacy. It made my heart beat fast but at the same time it still felt too easy. I guess I want the characters struggle more as this is their final journey. Geez...it made me sound like a bad reader wanting the characters to have a very bad experience before their happily ever after :D
I was also not quite satisfied with the reason of Cali and Layla's power. To be honest, I want more explanation about it, not just it's a hereditary and some paranormal thing and that's just it.
It's always a bittersweet reading a final book of series I loved. I like that it ends well but I'm also sad that I won't be able to meet the characters again in the future. The Athena Effect series is surely one of those series. Now the only thing I can do is reread the books when I feel like I miss Cali and Cal, Layla and Ramon and Michael and Mina.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)