Saturday, March 19, 2016

Review: Released

Released Released by Jus Accardo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

Wow - you ever read a series that just gives you everything you want? This series has taken me on a rollercoaster that had me crying, laughing, and smiling at various times, but it ultimately left me incredibly satisfied. I'm happy to have met these characters and been introduced to this world, but so very sad to see it end.

It's here, the final showdown, only none of the characters really know yet. When we last left our main characters, they were not in the best of places. Sam was safe and claimed, but Jax was trapped by Azirak and unable to escape his own head. This book picks up soon after the events of the last (don't read these books out of order!) and we find Sam struggling to accept that her boyfriend's body is controlled exclusively by a demon. Sure, before it was a balance and there was even some sexy fun time between them, but now it is something entirely different. In true Sam fashion, she knows she just has to hold out hope for a solution, no matter how far fetched.

This book somehow managed to convince me that Azirak has feelings. They aren't really human feelings by the true definition, but I found myself rooting for him almost as much as I was rooting for Sam and Jax. While sometimes the bad guy, he was a surprise hero when the time called for it. The overall mission for this book (as assigned by Abel) was to track down the stone that we briefly encountered in the last book. With lots of magical powers, it has to be stopped before more hellish things start entering their world.

It takes a lot to have a book make me cry, but this one did it. I was 100% engaged to the point where I almost didn't want to finish the book because the experience would be over. All of the characters struggled in such "real" ways and managed to make the best of their truly heartbreaking situations. It had me really begging for some truly spectacular happy endings. We get a very satisfying wrap-up to the series that made all the turmoil worth it. My real question is, without these characters, now what do I read?!

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