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end of the "black" road for me
on 5 December 2013
Black Heart. Christina Henry.
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.
I loved this series to begin with, Maddy was a likeable person, Beezle made me laugh, Gabriel made me swoon....and there were other people that added to the mix, her friend Patrick , other agency staff and her cross to bear and boss JB!, her father, grandfather and Nathaniel. Things have changed though over the course of the books, Maddy has become harder, less prone to looking for a peaceful solution and using a "let them all burn, heh heh heh ..." approach it seems to me. She does have a bit of conscience when she thinks about those who are being killed, but mostly a pragmatic -" it had to be done, well at least I think it did, ah well too late now" view it seems to me. Black Heart describes how she's becoming, and I'm bothered that she's becoming accepting of her darkness. Patrick was killed, Gabriel was killed, she's no longer with the agency, JB has become a fan of hers now..her father is dead and Nathaniel - well he's become someone unrecognisable. When Gabriel died that was it I said - I can't read Maddy without Gabriel - their relationship was a kingpin of the books, so I ducked out on the last book, then decided maybe I was wrong so tried the series once more.
I can't believe what's happened to Maddy though - she's not someone I really like any more :( She's pregnant with Gabriel's child, but it seems he'd only been dead a couple of weeks when she picked up into a relationship with Nathaniel of all people - that's right, the one who was so uncaring, so horrible and cruel etc....how could she? She loved Gabriel, they'd been through so much and to just move on to someone else so soon....
Anyway this book brings more of that plus the usual slew of dangers that Maddy has to sort. It was good to see Beezle again, and he's at least a voice of sanity and advice for her. Once again though she doesn't really have any plans, but rushes headlong blasting everything with fire it seems. It's action packed, she's just out of one crisis when she's plunged into another. It seems to be a book that relies on constant action and dangers, and more and more people and powers are introduced, and its become quite a muddy, murky mix for me. Without the Maddy/Gabriel spark though this series has lost its attraction for me and become just an OK one when it began as a solid five star for me. Still, as always we all have different tastes and I'm sure there'll be others that love it. Its the end of the "black" road for me though :(
NB: ARC supplied via Netgalley