Friday, December 27, 2013

Review: Reaver

Reaver by Larissa Ione

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

Wow, now that I'm officially caught up on this series I don't know what to do with myself! It seems like with each book, we get more an more answers, but at the same time, there's more questions floating around, too! This book was a few installments in the making, so I'm glad that a lot of my most pressing concerns and questions were all resolved in one tidy book.

This book, obviously, was about Reaver and Harvester (as they've both "reinvented" themselves in their new names). With oodles of baggage for each of them, it seemed like they would never actually be able to be with one another. Lots of trust issues, LOTS of memory tinkering and betrayal, but at least there's a big impetus to clean house in the angel ranks, since it seems just about every bad thing that happens originates there. It's a little hard to give a review without being too spoilery, but I will say that this book had some pretty dark moments, but managed to spin it around to yet another HEA ending to make me smile.

I still really love Reaver, but learning about his past was a bit of a turn-off. Turns out, his past should have probably stayed a mystery. I mean, yes, we learned some really big things in the previous book, but as far as relationships go, he was kind of a douche (to steal a popular word from this series). I kept thinking we'd learn something that was missing (like he was somehow forced to be a mean guy to save something blahblahblah). Nope. Just a douche. Luckily, he's had five thousand years to kind of redeem himself. Harvester, on the other hand, really seems to have gotten the short end of the stick in all of this. She really did do things for some pretty selfless reasons all along and got nothing but grief about it. I guess ending up with the yummy Reaver is a bit of a prize. I'm still waiting for a teary baby scene.

As far as future installments go, we saw the setup for the next one pretty obviously in this one. I'm not sure how much longer this series can sustain itself on some of the side characters, but with all the revelations in this book, I'm eager to at least read about Rev. The writing style and pacing have me diving into these books and not stopping until I am done. Sadly, I'll actually have to wait for the next one before I can continue my binge reading.

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