Series: Lunar Eclipse, Book 3
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sultry Scale: 3 of 5 flames
Pub Date: April 4, 2015
Freedom is something that is easily taken for granted, many never knowing what they have until it is stripped away. But not all hope is lost when second chances are given. As Sasha struggles to break free from her captivity to get back to the life she was seized from; she risks it all, including her precious humanity. Love has become worth fighting for, even if that means giving up everything that she is.
The ups and downs of love can be as rocky as the shores, but as the tides turn, Etienne finds that no matter how turbulent the seas, he’s not letting anything stand in the way of his new purpose in life; he must save Sasha, even if it means saving her from herself.The saga continues as Sasha and Etienne are propelled forward through new family ties and into the line of fire of the most powerful moon of the year, the blood moon. As the cataclysm of the lunar eclipse unfolds, love finds a way to grow anew in the wake of dominant forces moving at a catastrophic speed.
I received a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you read my previous reviews for this series, you know that I struggled with it because I absolutely could not stand the lead female character, Sasha. I was really worried that I would continue to hate her in this book. In fact, the first time I ever liked her in this series was in this book when she was catatonic! Luckily, she became more tolerable. Yay! She is less self-absorbed and seems to be trying more to accept her fate and work on her relationship with Etienne.
Etienne continues to be the stronghold in the story for me. I have a good picture of him and his accent in my head, and I like what I have imagined. I only wish we could see more of him. He is this dark and mysterious character - the dark to Sasha's supposed light - so there is a ton of room to delve into his pysche and tortured past. His is an excellent caretaker of Sasha, making the difficult decisions and not giving up on her even when she is an unforgivable witch. The dominant side of him that we get to see of him in this book gave me a little tingle... so hopefully that becomes more detailed in future books.
We get introduced to a slew of new characters in this book - all good additions to the story. There is more action, and more plot, without some of the drama that we saw in Midnight Unveiled. My favorite new character is Sasha's father... I absolutely love him. I look forward to future antics and hope they are able to build a fun and healthy relationship. There was more history regarding vampire mythology, and we saw more interaction with the Goddess Nannau. I give kudos to Nannau for putting up with Sasha's behavior so far and not smiting her down or something... but she continues to be kind and benevolent and guide Sasha where she is able.
Warning: There is a cliffhanger in this book and the next one is not due out until 2016. The subject of the cliffhanger is a bit predictable if you have been paying attention. If you are impatient like me... you will be yelling at the end of the book.
If you picked up the earlier books of this series and struggled like I did, I urge you to continue on because I feel like the series is really starting to resonate. Or you could think I am totally crazy and don't understand why I had issues with Sasha in the first place. That is possible. I have been reading these books while I have been sick and feeling like crap, so I have had less patience in my reading. It is not inconceivable that I would have felt differently if I would have read these a month ago.
Lunar Eclipse Series
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