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I hate that I love these books.
First, let me give a shout out to the narrator Hollie Jackson. She hit the mark with the new villain in this one. I loved his voice and accent.
But for the rest of the book...
On one hand I become so annoyed with Nava. Sometimes she pushes me to the point where I want to give up on her. On the other hand, I just can't wait to see her throw the middle finger up to The Brotherhood. I'm torn between loving the overall story and wanting to break up with Nava's antics.
In this third installment Nava continues to try to find the witch doctor while her twin tris to talk her out of it. Let me just say her brother is a douche this whole book, but I undertake the tension that's needed there. It comes across as a realistic option for a set of twins who haven't had their difference challenge thier relationship before.
The Rohan/Nava love story is really drawn out and takes away from an awesome story. This new villian should have gotten more "stage time". I love a smart, sophisticated bad guy/girl. Then we bring in the Succubus storyline. I was hoping it would have a LOST GIRL feel from the SYFY series but it didn't get as much stage time either.
Now don't get me wrong, I love me some Rohan. He is more interesting to me than Nava. But the back and forth thing seemed more like a Ya/Twilight type reading. On top of that the dreaded love triangle is introduced. I almost vomited. In my mouth.
In this book, Arie has his powers and a grudge on his shoulders. I could have missed it but there wasn't a clear explanation of why his powers are what he had. All their powers manifest as a personality flaw but i dont understand what his represent.
The Twins are put on a mission together. Arie bosses around Nava. Arie flirts with every male in the book. Oh did I mention that of the 5 males introduced in this book only 1 of them are straight. I meant to look and see if this was listed as a LBGT because once again in Book 3 more than 75% of the charters are Gay or Bisexual. At this point, as soon as she introduces a male character I guess at whether they are Gay or Bi.
The story of The Brotherhood setting her up is explored. This is what makes the story interesting. I hope this comes more to the fore front with alittle less sexual tenison and high school jealousy.
Oh yea... the cover art... leaves something to be desired. If this series hadn't been recommended by a friend it would not have been read. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but honestly, WE ALL DO IT. The cover art gives me the feeling like I'm about to read a high school book.
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Love this series. more??? You should start with book 1 though if looking at this book. You will understand story lines better
I devoured the first three books in this series in a matter of days. The sharp snarky style is fun and there are some creative plot twists on the usual magical/secret/elite mystery trope. Though in terms of the investigations the charachters feel mature for their age (they're all meant to be very early 20s) the personal lives have the drama and angst of teenagers which I think some find grating, but I'm prepared to go with it. However, by this third book Nava's emotional issues are becoming a bit repetitive and therefore I am glad some of them get drawn to a close in this book. The writer does good voices (apart from Italian - that's abysmal). Though she reads dialogue well, the prose can call flat. A bit like she's reading assembly instructions and therefore there's a lack of build and tension in some moments.