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I've really enjoyed the lake of sins series so far. I was thrown off a bit when this book started and was four years after where we left off in book two. I guess it keeps the story moving and allows the characters to age and mature. This book maintained the violent/horror images of the predecessors. One thing that makes sense but I wasn't a fan of was the increase in sexual content. There wasn't anything graphic but there were several discussions of mating habits, prostitution, and sex with minors that made the reading slightly uncomfortable. It makes sense to add another horror to the series. I guess I was just not a fan of Hugh's little indiscretion. I suppose it makes the characters more realistic, but I align with Trinity's belief that you should find someone to bond with and stay with them. Here's hoping she finds someone worthy of her before the end.
When I first looked up the book details I thought whoa, 565 pages, that is going to take me a while. But it went by so fast! I never imagined I would finish in just three days.
I cannot say this enough, L.S. O'Dea is such a talented writer. The pace is relentless but that does not mean that the world and character development is not satisfying, on the contrary. There is a lot going on but it is quite easy to follow and it only made me want to know what happened next.
It's a YA book, not my favourite genre, so there will always be things I don't particularly like as the characters end up sounding too dramatic for my taste. Trinity ticked me off a few times but I enjoy to see her keep growing.
There were quite a few repetitions - a lot of disgusted looks, for instance, and the way (view spoiler) just felt forced and overdone, just like the excessive compliments on both Trinity and Hugh. I feel that their actions say enough, we don't need to be told several that Trinity is brave and honest, even through the voice of another character, or that Hugh really doesn't want more deaths on his conscience.
All in all I had a really good time reading this. Some parts made me laugh out loud, which earned me quite a few puzzled looks on the bus ride home, while others had me biting my nails. Some scenes were just so tense that I figuratively stood on my toes.
I can honestly say this is amongst the best YA reads I have stumbled upon and encourage you to pick up these books. This series has all the ingredients to become an epic.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the author for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Note: See my blog Ana's Lair for the full review
This is the 3rd installment of the Lake of Sins series. I received a free copy for an honest review, so here it is; If you haven't read the first two novels you should prior to reading this one as the reader will have less questions of this unfolding saga. This series keeps the action started in the first book. If you are a fan of dystopian tales of the future such as The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner then be prepared to become hooked on this great series. Like Hitchcock who could scare without the graphic visions this series gives enough to see what is occurring in your minds eye without the blow by blows. The author has currently made the first novel available for no cost on Kindle, so what are you waiting for? L. S. O'Dea will be the writer to be the next J. K. Rowling. I highly recommend this series. Not for young children, but no age limit on the upper end!
I received a copy for an honest review. I loved this series - and this book was as exciting as the first two! I'm seeing a romance between Hugh and Trinity! The books are fast paced with adventure around every corner and lots of mutated creatures thrown in for extra excitement. I'm looking forward to the next book!