Let me state first off, the majority of this book can be labeled as smexy romance. It’s not quite New Adult, but it’s definitely getting near the border between YA and NA, and good reason as there’s a hot teenage boy who can’t stop thinking about what normal teenage boys can’t stop thinking about. In this case, though, he does more than think about it. So yeah, let’s just put that out there, because really, Daemon is a bad boy in that sexy way.
Now, even though the majority of the book is a romance, yes, there’s still the sci-fi element of it, too. There’s definitely a lot of action and drama and turmoil. Many fights to be had between Luxen and humans, and Luxen and Luxen, and Luxen and Arum, so it’s all good tension. And what we thought we knew about Luxen, we didn’t know enough.
I can say that I enjoyed it for what it was. A thrilling, sexy, story about a human teen and an alien teen who fall in love amidst some really crazy happenings. And it was fun getting to be with these characters again, especially the alien hottie brothers and even the hybrid Archer. I was happy to even have a liking to Lore, a minor character, but likeable.
Crazy stuff goes down, and it’s seriously not just Katy and Daemon and their small group that have to deal with all these aliens, but the rest of the world does as well. Despite the bleakness of what’s happening in the world, I have to say that I didn’t quite feel connected to it in that “sense of dread” type of way.
The issue is that there are times when one should feel that everything is going so bad for the protagonists, you’re supposed to feel for them. Not that I didn’t feel sad for them when things went bad, but I guess I never felt that they were not going to come out of this okay.
Another reason could be because I had never felt a book get so meta before. I don’t mind it on rare occasions, but this book seemed just full of meta-ness that it sort of turned my emotions down a bit (YA Sisterhood reference? Really?). I understand it’s supposed to take place in current times, but it just seemed a bit overdone here.
And there always seems to be some kind of motif for authors when it comes to writing a series. It seemed Armentrout’s motif for this series started with the word “Holy”. I don’t mean that in a religious reference, but more like Robin (from the classic TV series Batman & Robin) in how he has to say “Holy (enter-somewhat-related-reference-to-situation-here)” whenever bad or shocking stuff goes down. After the 2nd time reading that term, I was over it.
Still, it was good to finally bring this series to a close. Daemon Black will continue to be an arrogant, loveable, super-hottie in my list of hotties. And Katy? Well, there were some things about her in this book that I found a little over-the-top, but definitely the right girl for Daemon, so I’m not going to complain too much about her.