Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever.
But that’s not quite how things have worked out.
For starters, well, Nick is dead.
Supposedly, he’s been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it’s taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla?
And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there’s that other small problem: Zara’s been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn’t just turned…she’s Astley’s queen.
Story/Plot: The plot development in this story is good and interesting. There were some moments, however, that I found myself a bit bored…like the story got a bit dull for my liking. But, for the most part, I was interested in the story and wanted to keep reading. One thing that really bothers me is that I feel that things/ideas in this series are not fully explained. If I were Zara (the narrator), I would be asking waaaay more questions. It seems like the narrator is content with merely knowing basic facts, with no further explanations needed. This bothers me…I constantly find myself craving more information. For example, after reading the third book in the series, I still feel as though I barely know anything about pixies, and yet the narrator is a pixie! What’s up with that??
Characters: The characters are mostly the same in this novel as the previous two, minus one main character…which you know if you read Captivate. There is a sense of a possible love triangle blooming, which typically I don’t like. But, it is very subtle and I won’t say if anything is actually going to come of it. The love triangle is also done a bit differently than normal, as one angle of the triangle is not around.
Writing: Writing style is still not satisfactory to me…it’s still a bit weak. However, I am finding less and less mistakes and I am able to become enveloped by the story, which is good.
Uniqueness/Creativity: The creativity and uniqueness is about on par with Captivate. Some aspects I am impressed with, others not so much.
Overall: I don’t think I’ve mentioned anything yet about the covers of these books in either of my previous reviews of the first two books of the series. So, I figured I should comment on them now. I love the covers. I think they are are all beautiful and make me interested in reading the books. However, the covers are a bit deceiving…I would say that the covers are overall more interesting than the actual story. Not that the stories aren’t good, just not my favourite. I love the covers though. Overall, this book was decent. It held my interest. But, again, the writing quality is not up to par with what I expect from an experienced writer.
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