Saturday, November 2, 2013

Review: Darkness Unmasked

Darkness Unmasked
Darkness Unmasked by Keri Arthur

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am completely torn about this book. On one hand, this book was filled to the brim with information I've been desperate to learn since book 1. On the other hand, it was also filled with some serious darkness, including rape, which I usually have issues dealing with in a series. My rating would be somewhere in between 3 and 4 stars, taking those things into consideration.

While the last book felt a little slow in both key and personal story progress, this book really sped things up quite a bit. We meet up with Risa, still desperately exhausted and overworked, torn in quite a few directions, and emotionally taxed. Things might actually be looking up for her, though. Finally, we get to a good place with Azriel and Risa for most of the book (thank goodness!). Unfortunately, Hunter is still working on pulling Risa's strings, while hiding their interaction from Risa's family. She gets dragged into another mystery, which takes up most of her time. In these stories, it almost seems like the keys are not her first priority.

The key story, however, really picked up in the last half of the book. Of course, there are a lot more betrayals in store for Risa (even when you thought she had been maxed out). All the personal and emotional progress that I thought was made in this book was mostly undone at the end. It seems like Risa just can't have everything. In the end, she gets *a lot* of answers that she's been searching for, at the loss of her own growth. Sigh. These books really take you on such an emotional ride.

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