Blood Solstice by Samantha Young

Synopsis:
10775474Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance…

In the final installment of The Tale of Lunarmorte, Caia is caught between the most powerful beings in her world, and they are all desperate to use her for their own means. While Caia struggles to find her purpose, tragedy strikes close to home, and time runs out.

Now she must decide if she will join the extremists she was trying to destroy… or bring them all down on her own terms…

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My Review:
3.5 stars — Well I’m going to say something that doesn’t really make any sense — I stayed up til 5am finishing this book, and yet when I came out of it I was mildly disappointed.  I guess I was just so excited after the conclusion of the 2nd book, and when this one started we were sort of hit with a major infodump right at the beginning and it felt a bit dry to me.

The area in which this book excels, and what kept me flipping pages for more and more was the action.  Ms. Young seriously knows how to write some engaging fighting scenes and gripping suspense.  And I was really just genuinely intrigued with how the war was going to unfold.

Where I guess she lost me on this book was some of the secondary characters…  Particularly Reuben and Jae.  For the life of me I couldn’t figure out what to think about Reuben, he was the most conflicting character I’ve met in a long time.  Someone who was not truly evil or good.  And I guess I just had a hard time empathizing with Jae and what she went through and how she reacted.  I could understand some of the motivations, but it just went too far and I was truly disappointed in her.  I found it amazing how easily she was forgiven by some.  There was just a ruthlessness to her that left me feeling cold.  And don’t even get me started on the forgiveness of Alexa.

I am still totally onboard with Caia — she was definitely a kick ass heroine that I loved to read about.  Some of the other secondary characters were still fantastic too — Ryder, Magnus, Vil and Laila…  Lucien was up and down for me.  I felt for some of what he was going through, but he was mega stupid about the whole Rose situation so I guess he disappointed me in a fashion too.

And while I was totally engaged with the story, I don’t know if my emotions were turned off, but I didn’t get as emotional in this story as I did when the tragedy happened in the first story…and so much MORE happens in this one.  I don’t know if it was just me and a mood I was in, but I should have been bawling at so many points in this story, and I just wasn’t.

And I guess the final point against the story that will probably have me rounding down instead of up is the really disappointing romantic aspect.  I’m a romance girl at heart, and I just wasn’t feeling it much in this series, particularly in this last book.  It just sort of existed, but I didn’t get any butterflies for our couples, or feel the connections as much as I wanted to I guess.  Again, maybe that was just me, but it always just felt kind of rushed and there and while it could be a driving force for some of the plot, I just wasn’t feeling it at all (no swooning for me).

So all in all I did enjoy this series, I guess it just brought different things than I was expecting and while the action and plot was totally engaging, I was missing some of those extras that turns a series into one I love.

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