Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, forty-three weeks, and two days. Or so she thinks.
The boy she maybe-sort-of-definitely loved and sort-of-maybe-definitely hated has dropped off the face of the planet in the face of tragedy, leaving a Jack Hunter–shaped hole. Determined to be happy, Isis fills it in with lies and puts on a brave smile for her new life at Ohio State University.
But the smile lasts only until he shows up. The menace from her past—her darkest secret, Nameless—is attending OSU right alongside her. And he’s whispering that he has something Isis wants—something she needs to see to move forward. To move on.
Isis has always been able to pretend everything is okay. But not anymore.
Isis Blake might be good at putting herself back together.
But Jack Hunter is better.
4 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
Huh, I just read my review for book 2 and realized I’m feeling the exact same way! I really really enjoyed the book, but I don’t have an immediate gut feeling for rating. I don’t get it. It’s so weird. This time I assumed it was just my mood, but maybe it’s just something about these books. There’s just so much to them, and they’re kind of odd, and so they don’t give you that immediate feeling for how to rate them. Or maybe it’s just me.
So yes, babbling concluded, I really did enjoy the finale to this trilogy. Isis was still the Isis we fell in love with in the first two books. She is so wonderfully odd, like so odd you can’t even describe her (b/c you know I totally tried to describe her to my husband), but she just enchants me with her wit mixed with horribly childish humour. I know, it’s a terribly weird combination. And then you add in her vulnerability and totally skewed sense of self, and she just gets to me you know? She made me laugh laugh laugh, and then cry too…
And we got just a wee bit more of Jack than even in the second book. I shouldn’t love that boy, he is his own realm of broken. Like he should have a whole planet to hold his broken. But maybe that’s why he gets to me too, you know? Because you see how the choices he’s made really have affected him too. And even though he kept making HORRIBLE choices, I still rooted for Jack and Isis. I still wanted the ending that I got. OK, I will admit there was a moment where I kind of wanted a super big twist ending with Kieran, but it was like a fraction of a second.
The plot type things that happen in this series can be a wee bit outside of believability, but they entertain me anyways. I had a bit of a hard time with the revenge aspect. Don’t get me wrong, what happened totally fit with Jack’s and Isis’s personalities, it was VERY CONSISTENT with what we knew about both of them. But it doesn’t make me feel good. I think that’s what makes this book (and this series) so odd too. Isis and Jack aren’t the most morally awesome characters. It makes it hard to cheer for everything they do, you know?
I enjoyed some of the new secondary characters, and I’m so glad we still saw Wren and Kayla a bit. Again, as with the rest of the series, the secondary characters play a role, but not as big as I sometimes like. It’s like we get teased with them, but I’m always left wanting a bit more.
I found a few little things got dropped in the narrative. Like Isis’s Mom. I needed more there. And the plane ticket. What was the point of that?
But yeah, I’m super satisfied. I’m so happy that it really lived up to what I was expecting of it, even if I had no idea where it would go. I’ll definitely be looking for more by Ms. Wolf in the future.