Top critical review
on August 11, 2017
This way too rushed. The big ending that I was hoping for, and that the author led us to in the other books, just didn't happen because it was rushed and we already knew the ending because for some reason she revealed literally EVERYTHING in a vision that Gemma had. Which ruined it. There was absolutely no conflict whenever the ending came, it was just like the vision. Gemma and Alex just held hands, had one last stupid make out session and then they just died. But, oh, they were brought back to life even though that literally has never happened before. Seriously? You couldn't have just done a Shakespeare thing and made it where they died in each other's arms, happily? I would have been happier with that ending honestly.
I absolutely hated reading Alex's side of everything. I basically just skimmed through his parts because, 1) it's basically just a repeat of what happened on Gemma's view but with Alex's feelings and 2) all of his thoughts were just about how obsessed with Gemma he is. How ridiculous is that?! Throughout this series the author makes it seem like Alex actually likes Gemma but he's not good at revealing his feelings. I had this view of him and how I thought he thought but boy was I wrong! In the first chapter of his view all of that went out the window. He just became this needy, obsessed boy and was nothing like the MAN the author portrayed him to be. Honestly, I think she only added his view in because she didn't have anything else to add. I could have done without his view on anything.
No one mentions at all how or when the whole world got destroyed by the Mark of Malefiscus. It just kind of happened and the worst thing is, she doesn't even tell you how or when throughout the whole book. Another thing that just kind of happens is Aislin and Laylen get the mark. Literally one second they're outside defeating bad witches that just appear at there door for no reason (which wouldn't seem so random if there was more of an explanation as to what the hell happened between the third and fourth book), and then the next second Laylen is attacking Gemma and then switches to Alex's view and he just shows up and Gemma is all tied up and knocked out and she tells Alex that everyone has the mark. She does not mention anything at ALL about what happened and how she got knocked out and tied up. Apparently, something happened that made her KNOW that Aislin also got the mark along with Laylen but we never know what happens because the author never tells us. She's too focused on other things in the book making it all rush to a really stupid ending that was ruined because she put it all in a vision.
When this book ends, everyone is happy and everything is great. Blah blah blah, it's the end of the series. NOT!! Not only does she try to keep you interested by adding the whole thing about trying to save her dad, but the author creates ANOTHER series on Gemma and Alex's relationship, which you can get a preview of the first chapter at the end of this book. Apparently, even though they've been happy for a long time the Queen of the Underworld decides to come up and take Alex hostage ruining everything. Just --- no. There's a point where you need to stop and these four books were enough on Gemma and Alex's relationship.