Monday, March 24, 2014

Review: Lost in Prophecy

Lost in Prophecy
Lost in Prophecy by S.M. Reine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Where to begin with this book? This one was filled with twists and turns and lots of surprise guests. Just when you think you know where the series is headed, everything and everyone ends up getting beat up, destroyed, or betrayed in the most unexpected way. I am absolutely in love with the gritty and broken world that the author has created. It combines things that absolutely should not ever be mixed together and it is beautiful.

So, obviously, I love this series and all the related ones. If you haven't read the previous books, I recommend that you pick them up (start from the very beginning) and work your way to this one. You won't be disappointed. The basic building blocks from the first book still manage to tie in here. Which means I should probably talk about the specifics of this book. Obviously there are going to be spoilers from the past installments because it's just impossible to talk about otherwise.

Elise is still the awesome ruler of hell, trying to do good in her own way. She's on her own type of path to redemption (which is pretty difficult in hell) that takes her past all of her previous failures. You can't talk about her past without mentioning James. He gets some serious time in this book, and you don't spend most of it hating him. I'm still secretly wishing that James and Elise could ride off into the sunset together, but I'll take what I can get. There are some moments in this book that had my heart soaring, even though the progress was infinitesimal. A little smile here, a little touch there and I'm in heaven (actually, they're in hell, but you get the idea).

Riley is still a bit of a conflicted alpha. There's too many bad guys to count at this point and somehow the werewolves are pretty much the only guardians between hell and Earth. Pretty big responsibilities have been placed on a small group of misfits held together by a curse. Drama ensues (when does Riley *not* have drama?) and I'm sure we'll be picking up the pieces from it for a while. Riley and Elise's friendship is a little bright spot in that they sort of balance each other out. There's big things on the horizon and I'm excited about where things are headed. There's more honesty for almost all the characters, but oodles of surprises jammed in. This is the part I hate most -- waiting for the next one!

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