Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Love Reborn by Yvonne Woon Review

"Renée and Dante are dying. The soul they share cannot sustain them both, and they're quickly running out of time. 

But Renée has in her possession a legendary chest said to contain the secret to eternal life-if only they could solve the clues that lie within it. With both the Liberum, a Brotherhood of the Undead, and a team of Monitors, led by Renée's own grandfather, in hot pursuit, Renée and Dante must keep the chest safe or risk having it fall into the wrong hands. 

With the help of a mysterious letter-writer called only Monsieur, Renée and Dante follow a series of clues that lead them on a treacherous journey across Europe. They seek the Netherworld, a legendary chasm where souls go to be cleansed. It's their only chance at a fresh start, but with it comes a terrible choice, one they never imagined they would be forced to make. 

The third novel in the acclaimed Dead Beautiful series is a haunting story of sacrifice, loyalty, and a love that can never die."

For Yvonne Woon, Love Reborn is terrible. I won't joke about this. Love Reborn is worse than the two books before it. Actually, the second book is probably the best. The first is the worst. The last installment wasn't the best of Woon's works. 

There's dead people, of course. Dante is dead. Or undead, whatever you call it. Noah is dead/undead. Really, most of the dead are undeads. Zombies, for those of you who never read this trilogy. The undead of this book is zombies. But they are fairly close to human beings. They were human before they died. 

Anyway, Love Reborn is a fast-paced book, which is a point towards Woon. (Sorry, if I make a mistake in the author's name). Everything turns out very nicely in the end, so Love Reborn is basically a happy ending book. But that isn't the subject of my concern over this zombie/soul/paranormal/supernatural book. It's the Monsieur plotline.

Monsieur is a man who is sending Renee and Dante, among several other people like Renee's grandfather, secret notes. He tells them of the undead's movements and the Monitors' movements. He's the one who is warning them before danger arrives. It's very strange, I'll admit. I won't tell you who Monsieur is, but I will say that the true identity of Monsieur doesn't fit very nicely with the rest of the story. I keep on turning that idea in my head, but that person doesn't fit the image of Monsieur. I just don't see it. I feel like it's more of a random snip and paste made by the author. It was as if the author was simply trying to cover that boo-boo up.

It's sure is a haunting story of sacrifice, loyalty, and a love that can never die (synopsis' words). The sacrifice was the senses. The loyalty was between friends and lovers. The love that can never die is much more general. You can say it was the love between Renee and her parents. Or Renee and her grandfather. The love between her boyfriend and Renee. There's tons of it. So many possibilities the author is pointing to. 

Character development wasn't part of the story. It was more of an action story. Sort of like James Bond and his not so three-dimensional character. Unless you consider love part of character development. I guess you do.

Overall, I think this series was great. Read first and second book, screw the third.

Rating: Three out of Five

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