Saturday, November 2, 2013

Review: Darkness Splintered

Darkness Splintered
Darkness Splintered by Keri Arthur

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

This might be my new favorite book of the series. Everything that has been ramping up in the previous installments really fell into sync in this one. There was action, romance, revelations, and revenge all rolled up into one really great read.

Risa begins this book in the same dark place we left her. She was still hurt and feeling betrayed by her reaper/lover/boyfriend and still dealing with the Maury show-esque events that had even my head spinning. Never one to get more than three days of recovery (even when in the hospital), Risa is forced to hop right back into finding the keys, saving all her friends' lives (as usual), and keeping Hunter happy (and not killing her, or, you know, her friends). I guess all of Risa's enemies know her weakness by now, and that's her friends.

This book also finds Risa in a decidedly different place. She comes across as much tougher, less apt to spend chapters going back and forth about decisions and guilt, which made her infinitely more likable. Her love life also seems to reach a sort of steady state, which wins her bonus points. The back and forth witty banter is back, and while the stakes are not lower than before, the book was not as dark as previous ones have been. I found myself smiling more than shaking my head, which is what I want a book to have me doing.

There was a lot of progress in the overall key story, also. I can see where things are headed and I'm not cringing -- I'm eager! Bring on the next book!

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