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Monday, October 22, 2012

[Review] Lucifer Rising (The 13 Gothic Memoirs, #3) by Rebekah Armusik

Title: Lucifer Rising
Series: The 13 Gothic Memoirs, #3
Author: Rebekah Armusik
Pages: 468 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Lady Noir
Release Date: May 3, 2012

Lucifer Rising, the third novel of the Gothic Memoirs series, reopens the epic tale with startling revelations about the past that leave Nadija staggering. Some of the long-suppressed secrets leave her disappointed and resentful of those she once thought were loyal to her and her throne.

Though disappointed, Nadija continues to secretly plot to rearrange council and assist the Vlkolak in their rise to power. In a series of strategic and surprising political moves, Nadjia begins to unravel the secrets that could potentially keep the Vlkolak king from taking back his throne.

I'm not sure where to start this review. I didn't enjoy the story as much in this third installment of the series, and there wasn't much that jumps out to me to say. Although the characters were certainly more interesting this time around. That awful Countess is back and she is certainly causing a ton of trouble in Nadija's family. Even though I don't like her, I can't help but be fascinated by her awfulness. We also learn alot more about Jozef, and it's not good at all. I loved reading the interactions between Nadija and James especially.

Their relationship is getting quite complicated as they grow closer. There's no doubt that they love each other, but at times it seems like James wants more from Dija. I do admire for Dija for not giving in to temptation and remaining faithful to Alexei, but I do feel sad for James. He's a good man, and he needs someone who can return his feelings. I also think he'll make the perfect king, so I hope he gets his chance.

Even though the story was a bit dragging for me, I'm still fully enjoying this series. I love the author's writing style, and she's given Nadija a very clear, strong voice. There was a surprise at the end which I wasn't expecting, but it definitely makes perfect sense. I can't wait to see what Nadija does with her new found knowledge in the next book!

Favorite Quotes

"Dija, this is what happens when people walk the line; nothing good comes from compromise. I have grown to believe that in the act of compromising something important always suffers." (8%)

And what was truth, really? It all seemed relative. Perhaps the truth was what we clung to the most...what we put all our faith in, whether blindly or with a strong level of assurance--it's personal. (55%)

"I believe in free will. We have the power to change our lives. We are responsible for our choices." (68%)

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