Friday, February 20, 2015

Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole Review

"Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.

Heartbreaking decisions 
Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her—until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, the Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts…and stolen glances from a former love.

Uncertain victory 
Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on the Lovers. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana—or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

Two heroes returned 
There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first...?"

After reading Dead of Winter, I'm thinking this: Screw the love triangle between Evie, Jack, and Death. Screw it! I want more bromance between Death and Jack. The bromance is just gold. I wouldn't mind them being drinking buddies. For all I care, the next book can be all about them drinking and I would read the heck out of it. 

Anyway, I'm like sitting here. I'm just thinking. Thinking. I'm trying to get my feelings and thoughts together, but I'm drawing up a blank. There is so much... This is too much for me. I mean... I'm so confused, and I'm bewildered by everything, and I... Wow, just speechless. 

Let's talk about the love triangle. Evie. Death and Jack. There are the three of them. (And of course, I'm going to be talking about this first. Because we all know that the love triangle is like 35 percent of this book. Perhaps even more). Anyway, I'm so conflicted between Death and Jack. There is part of me (okay, the greater part) screaming that Death would be a much better fit for Evie, because he understands her. He knows her. He has seen her dark side. He knows. And plus, with Death on her side, Evie would be... unstoppable. But of course, that will make everything too easy. 

Jack, on the other hand, represents humanity. He is Evie's anchor. He is the good. Death... Well, let's just say that he is a bit more questionable. Jack is much different now (but I'm afraid my heart will always be with Death). He is much more mature, but he has a nasty web of lies. And... I feel like he is better with Selena. 

The ending killed me. I thought this was the last book, so I was like... Okay. Going to get my answer for the love triangle. Going to get the answer for the gods and everything. Oh. Turns out that is all false. There is some interesting things, actually. The ending is very murky, and I find myself reading it over and over again, just analyzing it. There is just... So much. It is like all... OMG, what the heck is going on? 

And of course, these words are going to be loud: KRESLEY COLE, DAMN IT! 

The storyline is a bit... looser. There isn't that pull I feel. The spark is there, but it is dimmed down. I don't find myself throwing everything I have into the book (but that is probably due to the love triangle).

Overall, Dead of Winter isn't as poignant as Poison Princess or the Endless Night. There isn't a lasting effect (for me), but I will eagerly be waiting for the conclusion of the Arcana Chronicles. Dead of Winter isn't bad, and it certainly exceed expectations for all books. But Cole didn't pass my expectation for this particular series. 

Rating: Four out of Five

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