author: Kira Saito
series: Arelia LaRue #3
published: 6 July 2012
genre(s): fantasy, gothic, romance
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Down in New Orleans, Arelia LaRue's once ordinary life has been transformed into something truly odd.
As she ventures further into the word of Les Mysteries she realizes that nothing is ever as simple as it appears.
Faced with challenges that threaten her very sanity, Arelia must decide if fighting for what is right is truly worth the risk.
In the intoxicating world of New Orleans Hoodoo/Voodoo expect the unexpected!
Come along for the ride.
This is the third book in the Arelia LaRue series. We learned a lot more about Ivan in this book, explaining how he came to be the way he is. It was beyond time for that because there was definitely an air of mystery around him in the first two books.
Overall, I think I liked this book the most thus far. The creepy factor is a big part of that, right alongside the magic and mystery. The imagery throughout this book is beautiful and sometimes haunting.
Unfortunately, the editing suffered in this book, too, which is just a shame. I don’t generally talk about editing, but there are times when it does effect how much I like the read. I still like the book, but it was enough to be a bit distracting.
While I think that a touch of history was needed to explain the themes of the book, there were times when I felt like it was a bit overdone. It was, at times, almost as if I were reading an essay as opposed to fiction. It was needed, but I think it could have been accomplished with a little less “learning”.
The ending was still a little abrupt, and I think it bothered me more this time because I am having to wait for Book 4 instead of jumping right into the nexx one.
No matter the issues I have, the story is still fresh and unique and will keep me reading!