Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Review: Dead of Winter

Title:  Dead of Winter
Series:  The Arcana Chronicles #3
Author:  Kresley Cole (Website | Twitter)
Age Group:  Young Adult
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Publication Date:  January 6, 2015
Source:  Bought
Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.
Heartbreaking decisions
Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her—until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, the Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts…and stolen glances from a former love.
Uncertain victory
Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on the Lovers. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana—or convincing Jack and Death to work together.
Two heroes returned
There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first...?

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 I'm so conflicted after having read this book.  While I absolutely love this series, this book didn't quite feel up to par, especially when compared with the previous two novels.  It still had the elements I love - complex characters, scorching chemistry, and interesting Arcana abilities - but there felt like something was missing.  Throughout the entire novel, I felt like I was just holding my breath, waiting for something to happen.  And that thing never did happen.  Because of that, Dead of Winter felt less like the book I had been anticipating all year and more like a filler book just to sate readers. 

The conflict that played the largest role in this novel was Evie's choice between Death and Jack.  Normally, I would love this - the tension between the three of them is off the charts - but when nothing else was really going on besides that, I got tired of it after a while.  The only other conflicts that arose (fights between other arcana, etc) really only served the purpose of isolating Jack, Death, and Evie from the rest of the group.  By the time we got to the end and Evie was still choosing between the two guys 

I had gotten to the point where I was just like 

I will say, though, that I think Cole did a lot of setting up in this novel for the next ones to come.  We met a lot of new and potentially interesting characters that I'm anxious to explore.  I wanted to see more of them in this book but I guess I'll have to be okay with waiting until the next one!

There's not a ton for me to say about this book because, like I said, not much happened.  I did like it though and it made me more excited for what will happen in the next books.  Hopefully Evie picks a guy soon so we can focus more on the large story!  

“The two of them were acting like such...guys. I wanted to strangle them.” 

Four Teapots

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