My feelings about this book are complicated to say the least. I enjoyed it as a book, but not as a finale. There were scenes in it that left me wondering what the point of them were. They weren't exacrly relevant to the plot, and they just seemed like they were there to add unecesarry drama and tension that was resolved a few pages later. And then by the end, dramatic and traumatizing things happen in the final scene. I didn't actually find myself feeling nearly as traumatized as I knew I should have been.
Without a doubt, the first book is defintiely the best. While sure, it was predictable, it was a spunky and fun read. I loved the way all the characters were portrayed and I loved the pacing. In the second and third book however, I found myself not liking the portrayal of some of the characters (namely Daniel) and getting rather bored and or irritable with the plot. And not the good irritable where it means I am invested.
While these are my ciritisms, I also just need to state that I did really enjoy this book. It had some great elements, I just found myself feeling disappointed with it as a finale and with its own ending. The beginning of this book started strong, and it was fun and intrugiung. I find it hard to connect the beginning of this book and the end in my head just because they are so different. In my mind, they're too seperate books. I like this book, I really did, but I also got throughly annoyed with some aspects of the story as well.
The main setting of this story would probably be in Egypt. I really liked that each book took place in a different setting since Eleanor's dream was to travel the world, and she did, just not in the manner that she expected.
Something I kept forgetting while reading this book was the impossibly short time frame the second and third book take place in. The events that happen in the end of the second book to the end of the third book couldn't have been more than a week. For me, it seemed like a lot longer, but then they'd mention the time and I'd be astonished.
Okay, now I am going to start complaining a bit. Something that irked me a bunch was Eleanor's insistance on blaming all her problems on Oliver. NONE OF THEM ARE OLIVER'S FAULT. THEY'RE ALL HER FAULT. It just aggravated me so much when she did that because NO. Yeah, like I said before I fell in love with Oliver. While I liked Oliver in the second book, it was really this one that made me fall in love with him, especially after I realized there was nothing for me to be suspicious about. Though, once Eleanor accepted that she was the one screwing everything up and that Oliver was only trying (kind of) to help, I really came to appreciate the bond and relationship between the two.
All in all, I would have to give this book a 6.8/10 stars, not quite good enough to be a 7, but it wasn't horrible. I just find myself being disappointed when I think about all the routes the story coudl have taken. Anyway, sorry for the short, choppy review-- it's been a while since I actaully read the book. Thanks for read! -Anj
In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus...all before it’s too late.
With supernatural forces, epic romance, and a mysterious Egyptian city, Eleanor and her team are set for an adventure they will never forget.
It has been a tumultuous time for Eleanor Fitt since life as she knew it in Philadelphia came abruptly to an end. Although the Spirit-Hunters Joseph, Jie, and Daniel have helped her survive, Eleanor has lost just about everything.
And now, Jie is missing taken by the evil necromancer Marcus. Eleanor is determined not only to get her back but to finally end this nightmare. To do so, she must navigate the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt amid the rising Dead, her unresolved feelings for Daniel, and her volatile relationships with Joseph and Oliver, her demon. And it won't be easy. Because Allison, her friend from Philadelphia, has tagged along, becoming strangely entangled in Eleanor's mission.
It will take all of Eleanor's powers of black magic, and all of Daniel's and Joseph's trust, to succeed. But there will be a price.