This was a wonderful ending to the series. Rarely do I read a series that is wrapped up so perfectly. I suppose it was predictable but a predictability that I was looking forward to see unfolding.
Keeps your interest and weaves Georgina's back story together quite well to end the series. I am impressed. You will be too.
Every chance I get I recommend this to my friends. It is an amazing story full of plot twists that keep you turning the pages. Not wanting to put it down.
The dynamic between Seth and Georgina. And the revelations in this installment. I didn't see it coming and I loved every minute of it.
She brings the characters to life. She is good at letting you know who is who in the books. She gives each character their own personalities.
The devils in the details.
Finally, expected, wow
Georgina and she wasn't completely evil.
The author shouldn't redundantly give description of every character in the series
I have listened to most of the books in this series and for the most part they have an enjoyable way to pass leisure time. This book is different.
The premise of this book is that Hell-the devil has made a bad contract with Georgina, the succubus and her lover, Seth Mortenson in the fifth century. Hell is now trying to do a cover up. A friend of Georgina who has discovered the defective contracts is murdered. Along the way there is a visit to Las Vegas. A hypnosis uncovers rebirths of Seth's soul through 9 different lives dating back to the 5th century.
There is a hilarious trial in hell to determine the validity of contracts signed with Hell in the 5th century.
And finally, the standard happy ending.
Ms. Mead has dealt with heady concepts in a light enjoyable read, She examines good and evil, and heaven and Hell. She examines the concept of reincarnation and whether past lives can influence the current life. She also examines the contracts we make with heaven and hell in our life., In Goethe's hand these are weighty and dramatic subjects. In Ms. Mead's hands they are enjoyable , light reading. With out much discussion, these deep and mysterious concepts are presented as an integral part of the narrative.
A creative, imaginative book
New series suggestions?
I think we all want happy endings, no matter how damned we feel our soul is. This is no different for our protagonist Georgina Kincaid. The book’s final chapters were done very well, and some of the plot is still surprising. Although, I think I had figured it out by book 3. This series was worth a read. Or in our case, a listen.
Series I Love:
Kim Harrison- The Hallows
J.R. Ward- The Blackdagger Brotherhood
Charlene Harris- Sookie Stackhouse Series
George R. R. Martin- Game of Thrones
Suzanne Collins- The Hunger Games
Mostly YA Book Obsessed!
I just finished this series on audio yesterday, and despite the fact that my last re-read was in November (2013), I already miss Georgie and the gang! This is possibly one of my most favorite series enders ever! Is it sad? OMG yes! Are there a lot of unanswered questions? Um, yeah. Questions I hope Richelle is planning to address in a spin-off. But, it was perfect! It was so amazing to see Seth and Georgie finally come full circle and finally have all the puzzle pieces fall into place. It even made a fucking robot like me tear up more than once. Nothing, though, affected me as much as that scene with Carter pretending to be Santa for the Mortensen girls. That was probably my favorite part of the whole damn series! Being the last book, I was surprised by how much this book covered. There were of course some things I’ve been expecting since book one, but Richelle still had plenty of ballsy curveballs thrown our way!
After the fallout with Georgie and Maddie, Georgie quits her job at the book store and gets a job as one of Santa’s elfs at the mall. Georgie doesn’t even care because finally, FINALLY, her and Seth are together! Things between them aren’t easy, they never are. They still have to deal with the whole succubus energy thing and of course Georgie’s ‘on the side’ fixes, but for them being together is all worth it. Of course, Hell isn’t one for happily ever afters, but everyone is surprised when Georgie is all of a sudden transferred to move to Vegas. Roman is the most suspicious one and is convinced that Hell is playing Georgina. It certainly seems that way when she goes to check out her new job and it’s with her favorite previous boss, her best immortal friend, and a guy who is basically Seth 2.0. Too good to be true Georgie! I hate to admit it, but this part with the new Vegas crew was the only part of the series that bored me. I hated all of these new characters! Luckily, it’s only like 2 chapters long. Georgie and Seth have been through so much to let a simple job transfer get in the way of their relationship. But when Seth’s sister-in-law, Andrea, is diagnosed with cancer and has only a few months to live, their plans are once again put on hold.
Throw in a ridiculous, but very entertaining, Hellish bowling match and Georgie has more than she can handle. When more pieces of her past start coming together and it’s clear that Hell is desperately trying to cover something up, Roman and Hugh (LOVE them!) are determined to save Georgina. I was expecting (and hoping) for Georgie to be able to find a way out of Hell’s clutches since book one, but I wasn’t expecting for it to play out the way it did. This made the stakes even higher and more nerve-wrecking! That scene with Seth and Georgie, when he finds out his role in her life, was a huge shocker to me. Not necessarily what happens, but how Seth reacts to it all. That hurt! But, never fear with Richelle Mead. She may love to emotionally torture us, but she does eventually want us to be happy.
That whole last 25%-ish part of the book was seriously epic! From the point where Carter dressed up as Santa, to the infamous bowling match to the inevitable showdown in hell to the epilogue, it was perfection! The part that broke my heart was…Roman. Why Richelle? WHY????? Each time I read this, I just wanna scream ‘no, no, no, no!’ I’ve always been such a sucker for Roman since book one, even when I tried to not like him. The bastard wormed his way into my heart though. The way he behaved with Georgie in books 5 and 6 especially only sealed the deal for me. Don’t get me wrong, I am 100% Team Seth, but Roman! I want him to find his HEA. I refuse to believe Roman is gone. Richelle has mentioned several times that she would like to write a Carter/Jerome spin-off series (sometime after Bloodlines is over). Seriously, how fucking epic would that be? I’m desperately clinging to hope that it somehow involves them finding a way to rescue Roman. Maybe with the help of Yasmin and Vincent and who knows? Maybe she can find a way to work Kayla into it if it’s set in the future. Either way, I have 100% faith that she can pull it off!
The final installment of this series does not disappoint. The large plot that has been gradually revealed over the last several books comes to a head and most of the questions are finally answered. For the most part, the outcomes are what you would expect if you've been paying attention to all the little clues that were dropped along the way, though there are a few surprises here as well. By the end, to say that nothing will be the same again is a huge understatement.
The substantial character growth we saw from Georgina in the last book continues to develop and solidify in this one. After a lifetime -- several lifetimes actually -- of dodging consequences and shying away from confrontation, she's finally ready to truly own up to her mistakes and at least attempt to deal with the mess she's created. Though she learns some staggering truths about just how much her actions over the centuries have impacted at least one other person in particular, instead of burying her head in the sand and dissolving into a ball of self-pity as she's always done in the past, she sucks it up and faces it head on, determined to try to finally do the right thing and at least try to make amends. Once all it said and done, it appears that she's been successful and will finally get the happily ever after that she's long been denied.
Overall, the answers found in this book are largely what I had expected they would be, for we'd been given enough clues up to this point that it wasn't hard to guess what had been going on in the background unbeknownst to Georgina for all the centuries of her long life. Still, enough of the details had still been uncertain that it wasn't all just an "I knew that" situation here. A few surprises await us as well that keep the story fresh and from being too entirely predictable. The final outcome is largely a happy one, but it's not without a few bittersweet notes. It was inevitable that at least a few sacrifices would have to be made here, and while the biggest one is a bit surprising, it makes sense once you think about it.
A satisfying ending to a very intriguing and entertaining series. While I'm a bit sad to see the last of Georgina, for I've enjoyed her personality as well as those of all her friends, it was good to finally see her get some resolutions and closure to issues that have plagues and haunted her for centuries. I'll definitely be checking out more of Ms. Mead's works for I've really enjoyed her style of writing.
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
I liked this whole series a lot. Georgina was a flawed, but likable character and her ups and downs felt real.
That being said, I think the series went one book too long. I'm glad that G got her happily ever after. But am curious what happens to her crew.
An avid audible book listener!
A fascinating series, this installment had it all. There's intrigue, suspense, intense emotion and satisfying surprises. The characters are all entertaining.
There's a point where Seth and Georgina recognize that they were centuries old lovers and keep running across each other in time. At this point, there's a sequence of events that makes the rest of the story so intense that you can't stop listening!
The emotions of the characters draw the listening into the story, unable to hit pause as the complex plot is professionally unwound and painstakingly detailed.