January 20, 2013

Review | Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Hey everybody!  Cassia here!  I hope everyone's 2013 is going well!  Guess what?  The movie for Beautiful Creatures comes out on Valentine's Day!  Based on the trailer, it looks good.

Anyway, so you know how some characters in books have nicknames?  Well, in the Wicked Lovely series, a lot of the characters do, too.  I don't always use them, but I do a lot.  Here's some that I use:
Aislinn: Ash
Gabriel: Gabe
Irial: Iri
Devlin: Dev

I'll post anymore if I think of them.  Here's my review for Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr:

WARNING: Radiant Shadows is the fourth book in the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr.  If you have not read the first three, I highly recommend you stop reading NOW.  Thank you!

Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Hunger.  All Ani has is hunger.  For touch, and emotion.  But if she unleashes it, she becomes deadly, draining energy.

Devlin has always watched Ani, making sure she doesn't cause too much trouble.  The only reason she's alive is him.  But her hunger still grows.

Ani and Devlin shouldn't know the other exists.  But when they start to love each other, they must hide in the shadows.

This book is like Ink Exchange--more of a companion book than a sequel, but still in the timeline of events.  This goes back to the Dark Court, Gabriel, the Hounds, Iri, and Niall.  But it also goes to the High Court: Sorcha and Devlin.  Ani wasn’t supposed to live--but Sorcha doesn’t need to know that.  This book follows Ani and Dev.  They’re not supposed to love each other, or even know the other exists.

This wasn’t my favorite of the series, but it is still good, like the others.  This is Ani’s story, and you get to see more of the Wild Hunt, and how they work.  Ani is...different.  Not her personality, but species wise.  I do like her personality.  She’s loyal, like all Hounds, and is willing to do anything for those she loves, as anyone should be able to do.  She’s also restless, and she’s trouble.  She’s a halfling: Half Dark faery (Hound), and half mortal.  The Hounds have a hunger for touch--they need it to survive.  Ani has that hunger.  She also has the hunger for emotion that the Dark Court has.  And nobody, not even Iri, can guess why or knows why.  These two hungers together, and you get someone that can literally suck the energy out of people.  Dev is Sorcha’s Bloodied Hands.  Basically, he does her dirty work.  He was created from Order and Discord (Sorcha and Bananach), and therefore is loyal to both.  I like him, but he’s very confused at times about what to do.

In the fourth book in the Wicked Lovely series, Marr explores what you can or are willing to give up, embracing yourself, and, once again, love.
Five stars!
Goodbye for now,

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