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Love is Mortal: A Valerie Dearborn Novel (The Valerie Dearborn Trilogy) (Volume 3) Paperback – December 12, 2013
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**I don't think I can give a complete rundown of LIM without spoilers, but I will try. The ending shocked me so I definitely won't go anywhere near it in this review.**
So in LIM, what was backstory in the first two books (think Cer & Virginia) became front and center. Unfortunately for me, I never cared much for their story. So this third book was hard for me because it focused SO MUCH on Cer and all things Fey. In fact, there's very little vampire action, if at all. I thought Caroline did a fantastic job writing about the vamps before, and I am definitely sad that this was a book of Fey and fantasy, rather than a book of Val & Lucas in the real world. For me, that's where the main characters were most vibrant and where they had the best chemistry.
I think the things that make me most conflicted are that 1) we've been on a journey that we knew (hoped?) would end with Lucas' redemption and with Val's metamorphosis into her strong true self and 2) we finally get there but we never get the full view of them in those roles. There's very little 'real' dialogue between Val & Lucas, and I don't think the Val, Lucas, Jack triangle had the come to Jesus moment it deserved. And with the way the redemption concept is handled I think it took away too much of the Lucas who is so bad he's good. It felt like the compromise (sacrifice?) came too strongly from one side only.
All in all, this was a good book in a GREAT series. The fact that I devoured this book in one sitting on the day it was released speaks volumes about the author's talent. She's simply awesome! As fans, we hope for more of some things and less of others, but the story goes where the author takes you, and with a writer like Caroline, you are going to enjoy the ride. I love these books so much I am hoping for a fourth book where Lucas and Val can spend some time together (outisde of the dungeon!) and where redemption becomes a little less redeeming. Wishing and hoping for more is a fan's perogative, right!?!
If you're reading this Caroline--thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your gift. I have read and re-read your books and love to escape into this world. Besitos!!
*Spoiler* Lucas already knew Virginia was using Valerie's body and she and Cer had been intimate. He was probably potent too, at only half his strength. The child born SHOULD have been Cer's, with Lucas possibly trying to protect her from the truth. Plus, the ending was rushed. This was a dark magic story, for crying out loud! Come on!
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