My rating: ❤❤❤❤ of 5!
Published: 16th of June 2014
Length: 226 pages.
This is the third and final book in C.M. Owens Deadly Beauties trilogy. None of the books should be read as standalone’s, as they’re simply too linked!
Holy freaking moly, Batman! This book is so amazingly intense, there’s like zero downtime. It’s one thing, one surprise, one twist after another – and I loved every single page of it!
Alyssa’s powers and destiny can and will no longer be denied. For a Light witch that’s grown up being taught that things are black and white, she now more than ever has to embrace and deal with the grey areas of life! In this book Alyssa is not only coming into her powers, she’s also embracing her destiny. Though, not until she’s certain she wants to. Admittedly, I didn’t like her very much in the first 20-30% of the book, because it was like everything had to fit her, not the other way around. To me that’s very unattractive in a character.
As a prophesied being Alyssa’s powers are thought to be unparalleled. She’s the stuff legends and nightmares are made of and finally, freaking finally, she’s thriving on the powers she harness. the Light and the Dark alike.
But before we can get to that part there’s still a lot of twists, heartache and betrayal! Alyssa’s world is turned upside down when she learns what really happened to her mother, and how she only split from Alyssa’s father, to protect her. The anger and let down Alyssa has felt towards him no longer has a leg to stand on, and it’s time to let go and move on. But in her naivety Alyssa has let someone close to her cast a spell on her, which explains her wavering heart.
I’m finding it really hard to go into details of the plot here, because most little things lead to the epic showdown that’s been coming since book 1. What I did have a wee bit of a problem dealing with, and the reason the book is not getting five hearts, are the easiness of it all. All the solutions, answers, get out of jail free cards, keeps falling into their laps. There’s no lengthy or detailed plans made, no real anxiety of how they’ll cope. I know this is very much down to the fact, that they seem to hear about the problems just as they become unavoidable, which means it’s go time. But I do like to hear of the plans, ideas and brainstorming characters have, which I wasn’t clued in on in this trilogy. Come to think of it, it’s probably because Alyssa is in denial through most of the books. We often read sentences like: “while the others were planning I went into the room” or “I stayed in bed and let them plan it”. Thanks a lot, Alyssa.
What I just discovered is, that C.M. Owen’s has a spin-off series called The Deadly Beauties Live On. Five new books, that seem to centre around some of the characters we’ve already met. I’ll definitely be giving this a go at some point!
Have you read this book? Any of the books in the series? Any books by the author? Comment and let me know!