Devil's Kiss by Zoe Archer

PJV Quickie: This book would be a four star if it wasn’t the end of the series. But, unfortunately with the fact that half of the plot threads were unfinished and the others sloppily pulled together my favorite series just turned ironically unfulfilled.

Title: Shadow Heir
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Dark Swan #4
ISBN: 0553826093
Publication: December 27th 2011 by Zebra
Received paperback review copy from Zebra in exchange for a review
Rating: 5 Stars


Discussing ‘Shadow Heir’ on twitter dragged me to this conclusion…’Shadow Heir’ was like a much anticipated date. Hot, charming and loaded, the man (book) had me hook line and sinker and when we finally went to seal the deal…well I never did like soft serve ice cream. I was left feeling dissatisfied, cheated and wanting more. The conclusions and choices made by Eugenie were infuriating to say the least and the filler content seemed pieced together.

The conclusion of the Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead has Eugenie trying desperately to protect the twins that have changed her life desperately. It is not about her anymore — but the constant attacks and maneuvering by the gentry have her hiding in any way she can and once again Eugenie is torn between the human world and the world of the Shining Ones.

There should be some kind of progression with a character and quite frankly, Eugenie has only gotten worse. This would work if that is what was meant to happen, but I think Eugenie should have progressed as a character and at least come to some kind of truce with her mixed race problem. This is the crux of my problems with this ending series. After reading a series like Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series and the wonderful conclusion that was ‘Shadowfever’ I just…I just can’t take something like this and let it go. Mead is known for her anti-climatic conclusions with plot threads flowing this way and that, I just don’t agree with this. People want closure. I want closure. It didn’t have to end in frills and flowers but this…it screams slapped together as if Mead didn’t have love for her series or characters anymore and just wanted to get rid of them. This was the fourth book, not the eleventh. We could have gotten some kind of reward out of putting this much effort into a series no matter how bad sales were on this series as opposed to her young adult blockbuster. *Pitiful sobs*

I will be post a spoiler filled discussion of the final Dark Swan book in a bit…


Recommended for people that have read the first Dark Swam books. I WANT YOU TO READ this series. Please don’t let this review change your mind. Experiencing the first two books are worth it. Hopefully Ms. Mead will take some Viagra and come back for more in a bit and fulfill my wishes.

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