Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter

Soulwood, Book 3

I will admit that I haven't been a big fan of Nell. Despite the fact that I liked books 1 and 2, I didn't LOVE books 1 and 2. I kind of feel like the story carries Nell, not the other way around. New series' are tricky for me, especially when they come from an established author that I'm a fan of and will cut you over.

That's neither here nor there. Anyway ... I've read books 1 and 2 two more times since their release (and my initial review) and my opinion has changed just a bit. I realize now that I wasn't a big fan of Nell in books 1 or 2. She's just this adorable little woman trying to get her life together while everyone is doing the big girl work. Book 2 changed my opinion yet again when the whole Paka betrayal happened (and well she's still my queen ... do you know people actually try to take me to task over my love for Paka and my hate for Rick?) and Nell grew on me a little. But I realized that that one moment saved book 2 for me.

On to book 3. A book that I didn't think I was going to read. I read it and I loved it.

It seems like with Nell, there is always 1 huge thing that happens that makes everything else worth it and I'm wondering if that will be the one thing I remember and nothing else. But I will say that Nell has grown exponentially. I see her as her own person now and not just that willowy figure in the corner. I feel like Nell really carries and drives the story in book 3, and I don't feel ... Sorry for her? It's almost as if she's grown up in front of me and I like the woman she's becoming. 

In book 3, Nell is on a case with the rest of Unit 18. They're trying to find out who is starting fires at political figures' homes. When we do find out who/what is starting them, Soul loses her shit. No joking. She completely loses her shit. A.Ma.Zing. Anyway, it should be no surprise that Faith Hunter is a master at concocting a case for us to solve (yes, US). And when shit hits the fan at the end, Nell almost sacrifices herself to save everyone (especially Occam). And when she does ... What happens to her is something I didn't realize I was waiting to happen since book 1. Thank you, Faith Hunter, for giving me what I didn't know I needed in my life. I feel like this series is really taking shape and I'm excited to be a part of if moving foward.

5 Stars

By the way ... I love 'Yummy.'

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