“I’ve learned in my lifetime to control only what is possible. When something is out of my hands, I let it be free.”
Publishing Date: February 6, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
ISBN: 1595148248 (ISBN13: 9781595148247)
Goodreads Rating: 4.18
My Rating: 2.5
S Y N O P S I S
As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.
Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.
Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.
Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.
Magnus and Cleo‘s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?
R E V I E W
My expectations for this book was so high and I was so excited for this conclusion. And I was pretty bummed out with what went down in this. I need to say that this book is such a gem for me and I really fell in love with the whole story WHICH MAKES THIS REVIEW EVEN SADDER. I was going through the rest of the series giving 4-5 stars each, so you can see just how disappointed I am with the 2-star rating here.
I was taken by surprise at how complicated the story was left off from the prev book. I started to see why a lot of people aren’t exactly a fan of the writing because if you don’t get sucked in the beginning, you’ll probably find everything else bland.
It greatly lacked that special something that got me sucked in and I found it very hard to get back into the story despite me reading the previous book less than a year ago.
I expected so much more from a series that I have been following and loving for so long.
All in all, the use of magic also felt really absent throughout the book. There were big twists that were written so nonchalantly, it made me go like “oh, that happened. . . “. I can’t remember if the other books were written in the same manner or if I was enjoying those books too much to care. And for some reason, I found the plot feeling ridiculous, it felt like a downgrade from all the hardwork and worldbuilding in the previous books.
I was looking for the detailed descriptions I got from the previous books, but was disappointed on how far away it was (in my opinion).
Including the fact that I was waiting for the epic reunion of Cleo and Magnus, THE STARS of this series and THE MAIN REASON I kept reading because THEIR CHEMISTRY was just so undeniable. . . BUT NO!!! (will be discussed more in the characters section)
And what I really dislike (hate is a strong word) in books is when they skip scenes. I there are those scenes that can be skipped because it adds nothing to the story, but there are those scenes that ARE SO OBVIOUSLY ESSENTIAL TO THE PLOT that barely gets any description and last for about half a page. This made the pacing so inconsistent. There were parts that were draggin, there were parts that were rushed, and as I said, were skipped altogether.
And one more thing, I lose my patience when a long running series would INTRODUCE A WHOLE NEW CONFLICT in the MIDDLE of the LAST INSTALLMENT. It irks me, especially when not executed properly. And it was exactly what happened in this book. Even the bookverse itself was based on what was already done in previous books, which is not how I like books served.
The best way to summarize this is like how you would follow the plot of a movie. It was like I was reading the summarized version of a movie plot. Which is never how you want a book. I am giving this a 2-star rating mostly due to my love for the characters of this series.
From all the negative vibes I have been giving in the plot discussion, I think we should start with some positive things here.
First off, the platonic relationships. I was able to enjoy how much more the platonic relations were explored in this last installment. Jonas and Cleo’s friendship and love was subtle but still greatly expressed. It made me think of me and my own guy bestfriend ❤ Jonas and Delix’s bromance was IMMENSELY enjoyed by me as well :’), even though we only saw most of it halfway in.
Yeah, okay, that was most of the positive things I had to say. Here are my opinions on the individual characters:
One of the main characters of this whole series and got separated from his honey-bun. I love this boy and said honey-bun to no end, which was made me so disappointed when I barely got to enjoy their “epic” reunion. It felt so bland and insignificant like it was not used as a cliffhanger in the previous book to get readers reading this one!!!
If you are going to use the separated-star-crossed-lovers idea as a cliffhanger, please make sure you make sure you write a reunion that will warm the hearts you broke 🙂 Magnus really felt like he got a bit of a downgrade if you compare him to the other books in the series.
The said honey-bun. Cleo was written out to be an insignificant character for about the first 30% of the book, despite supposedly having a goddess inside of her. I was disappointed (I keep using this word, I’m sorry) that her character was not explored and that we didn’t really get to see her perform a great deal of magic.
Not including the fact that she use to be one of my favorite characters because of her development throughout the books.
Her and magnus did not have the chemistry I was looking for and I really feel like it hurt this book in particular because this was a relationship that started building up from book one.
I don’t know what to feel about this lady. Her know-it-all attitude was bearable for most of the book but it was easily tiring. A big part of the book was also focused on her because of the little magical baby in her womb.
Speaking of the baby!!! I got some twilight-vampire vibes going on there. Do y’all know what I mean? HAHA if you do, hit me up and we can chat about this.
I wanted to explore more of the struggles he went through, especially since we got a really good look into it at the beginning of the book. But sadly, the next time we got to look into his head was towards the end of the book which did not leave a lot of scenes left to explain through his eyes.
Nic and Ashur are my little cinnamon buns though, with purity pouring out every page they were on <3333
- annoyed me
Even though a lot of the charcaters started to feel flat at this point, I need to mention that the characters are diverse if you read the previous books. The love teams are okay, but as I keep mentioning, felt like a downgrade. This just really was not the ending I was looking for.
I still love this series as a whole, it’s just that I was so gravely disappointed with the ending of this series after spending months reading the other books and waiting for more than a year for the conclusion that was so unsatisfying.
Most of the magical aspects of the story took place in the latter parts of the series (second to the last and last installments), which when I thought about it, was a waste of opportunity because this world was once of the better imagined bookverses.
I was ready for one last adventure filled saga with MagnEo but was left with some immortal gals and guys that I have no care for taking up the majority of the book.
At least the ending was redeemable.
THE LAST INSTALLMENT IN THE ‘FALLING KINGDOMS’ SERIES