I decided against reviewing these books separately, as it really only means much if you’ve read the earlier books in the series.
I’m also not going to do one of my regular reviews, rather I’m interested in other people’s opinions on something that bugged me quite a lot about the way this story wrapped up.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the books and am pleased I read them, but throughout the novels much is made of the many problems Eugenie has to reconcile: she is split in her loyalties between the human and fae worlds, she struggles to maintain her regular work because of frequent necessary trips away from Tucson, so money is an issue. She lives continually under threat of a prophecy that causes huge problems at the end of book 3 and all through book 4.
And that’s just skimming the surface of her challenges, without adding in the (very hot) love triangle that brings her so much grief, and all the emotional and practical stuff surrounding that.
I was entranced. How would the author get her out of these situations? How would it all be resolved?
But I was to be disappointed. Sure, it’s more like real life where things are rarely wrapped up in neat packages that you can shelve and live happily after. What I didn’t expect (or appreciate), was that by the end of the series, with one exception, NONE of these issues were resolved. In fact, another one was added in the last chapter, leaving the entire thing up in the air. (The series is definitely complete, with no further volumes expected).
How would you feel about a series that ends this way? I’ve always believed that the complications we add as authors, are there for us to find some amazing way to resolve that our readers didn’t see coming.
That is what I try to do in my own books.
This felt somehow disingenuous. Like cheating the reader.
I know I won’t be alone in feeling like this, but I’m really interested in how important YOU feel it is to solve the challenges you put in front of your main character.
Please, tell me!