Nowhere left to run.
Back from Hell, Jessica arrives to find her world thrown into chaos. Her father is fighting a losing battle against the Made wolves, and when Jessica and her crew rush to his aid, they discover the war is not as straightforward as it seems. Something larger is on the hunt, something ancient and powerful that won’t rest until Jessica is dead. Now Jessica’s plan of attack must change — but how can she defeat someone who can predict her every move?
This story is so complicated now, I have no idea how everything is going to end in the next book. I’m becoming increasingly convinced it won’t be. Absolutely nothing in this series is straightforward. More and more it just feels like we’re winging it as it is being written.
There is so much wasted time. All of it seems to have a purpose, but only because Carlson said it does. We can’t go 10 miles in this series without running into some kind of trouble or another. All of it seems to have a purpose, but mostly it just feels like a giant time sink. I think this is mostly a symptom of having very little direction to the series. I still have no idea what the end goal is going to be, because the series hasn’t presented anything other than “everything stops being dangerous”.
The plot still relies on massive amounts of coincidence to fuel what is happening. First there is the magical Juanita who just happens to turn out to be a very powerful supernatural creature who literally drives the characters telling them exactly what to do and when, but not why. Yeah, because that is what this series needed, another thing to account for. Not only was there that delightful new development, but Carlson also relies on all the other characters to dredge up some random bit of information from their memory at the last second that reveals and/or solves it all. That has been going on for a while.
While things keep happening, nothing actually seems to stick. People get hurt, oh it is nothing, Jessica can save them. Oh, we finally learned what was going on? Nope, it is changing again! I’ve lost the ability to really care what is going on because of it. If I thought for a second anything bad might actually happen, I’d care again. But, I know that nothing bad will actually happen, so I just don’t care. I need that belief to enjoy a book. I have to believe that things aren’t going to end up fine in the end, even if they mostly do.
Jessica acts so…human. No one else around her acts like anything other than what they are. This just feels so wrong, she grew up in a werewolf colony. She has only been with the humans for a few years. Why in the world does she have so many human hangups that the others are all “hehe silly barely changed werewolf!” on? It doesn’t make sense. Her and Tyler were not raised as humans. They were raised with the full assumption, at least through puberty, that they would be were. This just is really getting to me.
Lastly, are we really going to see everyone get their mate in this series? It is ridiculous. Everyone is pairing up together. Something that is extremely rare is happening with increasing regularity. No, not everyone has to be paired off at the end of the series to make the series a success! They have hundreds of years, you know!
The penultimate (because I really don’t think this series is getting more) book in the series, and we just keep ramping up on the plot instead of winding down. We’ll see how the next goes.
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