Author: Melissa Darnell
Series: The Clann #3
Genre: YA Paranormal
Received for review from NetGalley
Summary (from Goodreads)
Tristan Coleman has survived the change from Clann magic user to vampire, much to Savannah Colbert’s joy—and despair. By changing the Clann’s golden boy and newly elected leader, even to save him from death, she has unleashed a fury of hatred and fear that they cannot escape.
As the Clann and the vampire council go to war, Tristan and Sav face a new threat—a fracturing of the all-consuming bond they share. To fight for peace, they must forge a new trust and risk everything to take down their deadliest enemy, even as they must run for their lives. Soon they will learn that some bonds are stronger than love—and some battles cannot be won without sacrifice.
I picked this up without looking close enough to realise it was the third and final book in a series. Blinded by cover lust, I think!
As it was, the book started with a fairly big info dump that caught me up on the bones of the drama from the previous instalments. It’s the kind of thing that would probably have really annoyed me had I read the previous two books, but it was useful coming into it fresh like I was.
I liked the ideas of the vampires vs. witches, tenuous peace treaties and betrayals from within your ranks. There was a lot of potential tension to get out of all this; however, the vast majority of the book was focused on details outside of all this – tension arising from the situations between Savannah, Tristan and their family members on the run together. A whole plot thread was based on trying to rehouse Savannah’s mother’s dog. Which did lead to the Clann capturing their friends, which did move things along, but a lot of the plot for the first three quarters involved running away from the Clann and arguing about who made a mess of the place.
There was also a lot of pondering on right and wrong, morality and whether or not people with completely opposing views can ever find a middle ground. Interesting fodder if the two options explored are both grey areas, but in this case, one character was obviously right, and the other was being a tool.
I guess what I’m saying is that there was a lot of contrived conflict in a setting that could have been so rich with problems for the characters to face. Which isn’t to say that it’s terrible – far from it. It was an entertaining read, even despite the fact that it was book 3 and I hadn’t read 1 or 2. I just felt a bit let down after discovering what I thought could be an interesting set up. It was the promise of the whole thing that made me want more out of it.
So, if you’re looking for a YA fantasy more concerned with its central couple than everything else, then you’ll probably love this. If you’re looking for a light distraction, you could do far worse. Good, but nothing to make it stand out among the zillions of others of its ilk.