2018 Reading Challenge, Book 24 – War Storm

Hi, Hey, Hello!

And we back with these. These will be all my blog is for the next week and then I gotta start thinking of content again. I finished this book a while ago now and in theory I could have got it up in May, but I was all in my feelings and I couldn’t process things and so it didn’t happen.

2018 Reading Challenge, Book 24 - War Storm
2018 Reading Challenge, Book 24 – War Storm

I finished the damn series and the strangeness of that feeling when I turned the final page and knew that there wasn’t going to be another book to fall into because that had been my life for like 5 weeks. This world was all my literary life lived and breathed for 5 weeks. I was kinda sad when it was all done and dusted.

Especially because that whole love story that ran throughout the ENTIRE series did not get the ending that I wanted. Don’t get me wrong, it got the ending that it deserved and the one that made the most sense. But I wanted them to live happily ever after and get married and shit. Which would have been so out of place with the rest of the whole damn series.

So that’s my small cross to bear regarding the ending of this series. Beyond that though, this was the perfect ending to this series. It built itself up and it ebbed and flowed and it kept me on my toes.

It was a little slow in places and sometimes I really felt the fact that this book was nearly 700 pages and I did kind of find myself wondering why the hell I cared about some things, but then those pieces of the puzzle fell into place and it made sense as to why I had spent time reading about them, which I guess is the point. But still, it was maybe almost as slow as King’s Cage sometimes.

What I really loved was that the multiple perspectives thing continued. And colour me surprised when on more than one occasion I turned a page to see the words ‘Cal’ and ‘Maven’ at the top of the chapter. I liked those quick little snippets into their minds and how they are viewing this whole clusterfuck. I especially loved the continued time spent with Evangeline. I was hella surprised when I realised just how much I had grown to like her and how she was just a helpless pawn in a puzzle piece. I liked it when she got her version of something akin to a happy ending, it felt like she was finally coming into her own after being controlled by her parents for the sake of power. I also liked the development of her relationship with her brother, that whole section when they first moved in and discovered just how powerful Iris and her troops were some of my favourite parts of the book.

That and the Cal and Mare reunion. It felt very cinematic and I loved that. I love a cinema moment in a book. There were a lot of them in this book.

Like a lot of the stuff to do with Maven. He was so delightfully complicated and he never stopped being so. I love it when my villains are like that.

Mare has been on a real arc throughout this whole series, which is the point of the investment I spent with it I guess, and I am so very happy that she went on this arc. I won’t lie, I kind of hated her just because I did not understand how she could be so naive at points, but she became something so much better and stronger the more she went through and so whilst I was reading her trying to navigate through this whole thing and letting her past experiences both strengthen and yet also break her a little bit. I loved the contrast between the two. It just reminded me of how badass women can be.

I didn’t necessarily care that much about Iris. I thought she was an interesting perspective but I also felt like her arc was somehow anti-climatic. There was a lot of build up and then it just kind of stopped. Again, it made sense but it just felt a bit meh to me.

Overall, I liked this book. It was the epic conclusion that this series deserved. It wasn’t without its faults but overall it was good. It was enjoyable. It tied up a lot of loose ends.

Oh and one more thing before I wrap this up, there was moment when it briefly seemed like Shade was somehow…not dead…and my heart stopped briefly. Especially because I had to finish reading as it happened and I had to wait 9 hours to find out what the hell it meant. It was not that, but damn.

Anyway, I liked it. It was great.

4/5 stars.

Parentheses count: 0. See you tomorrow!

 

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Sophie, twenty-something, avid reader, writer, really good at watching whole seasons of TV shows in one weekend and using 10 words where 5 will do, overzealous user of the ellipsis and parentheses, starts too many sentences with ‘and’ and ‘so’, living in a continual state of Wanderlust.

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