Rating: 2 Stars
Synopsis via Goodreads:
An unthinkable betrayal threatens everyone Rory loves in the third installment of our dark, thrilling Shadowlands series from New York Times best-selling author Kate Brian.
Rory Miller didn’t just fall in love with Tristan Parrish. She fell in love with the idea of forever. He was the one who told her the truth about her existence in Juniper Landing: that her mortal life is over, and she will now spend eternity on the island, helping others in limbo move on.
But like Juniper Landing, a bright island with dark secrets, Tristan is too good to be true. The mysterious, heartbreakingly beautiful boy Rory thought she knew is responsible for unthinkable evil-sending good souls to the Shadowlands in order to get himself a second chance at life on Earth. He has already claimed Rory’s friend Aaron and her own father, but when SPOILER Tristan sends her sister, Darcy, to the Shadowlands, too, Rory decides to take matters into her own hands. She will do anything to save her family, even if it means going to hell and back.
What to do when a fiery boat is sinking, via Rory Miller:
1.) Notice the cute new guy being all heroic and saving people.
2.) Gawk at him with other female. (Ignore the hurt people surrounding you.)
3.) Gossip about said cute guy as you’re tending to the wounded. Because the first thing on your mind should be what his name is and not how stop the bleeding on a man.
You’ve just got to love the way teenage girls are able to just help so many people when something catastrophic is happening. Staring at a cute guy with aammmaaazzzziiinnngggg abs is helping people, right? No? Oh . . .
I’m not a fan of Rory, if that already hasn’t become clear. I liked the first in this series well enough, but then the last book was simply a train wreak, and this one wasn’t much better.
What is so wrong with the girl not ending with a guy? Really? What is so wrong with that? Is it seriously not possible for the heroine to have a decent ending if she’s not in the arms of her man?
I’m getting so sick of this is YA books. How the heroine everyone loves FOR NO APPARENT REASON is dedicated to catching the bad guy or whatever, but never actually uses her brain, making me question if she even has one.
“Because when I took Steven Nell’s life, I hadn’t been thinking about the random girls I was saving, or even the girls he already murdered. I’d been thinking about me. I’d been thinking about my family and what he’d done to us.”
First of all, killing the man who MURDERED YOU AND YOUR FAMILY does not make you a bad person. It was done out of self defense, and honestly, whether it was done out of revenge or whatever is splitting hairs.
Man up, Rory Miller. Steven Nell killed you and your family. You killed him. Game over. It happened, and I literally cannot fathom why you are feeling sorry about doing such a thing. The man would have continued to kill other girls, so, yes, you did do the right thing. I know I sure wouldn’t feel bad about killing someone like Steven Nell.
I feel like Rory has some serious victim’s guilt going on, and the fact that this is suddenly happening in the last of the series and kind of out-of-the-blue makes it very annoying.
“And I’d been pissed. I’d slain the man out of pure revenge, plain and simple. And there was nothing pure or heroic about that.. Did I even deserve to be a Lifer?”
Rory had better have been pissed at Steven Nell when she killed him. I can’t imagine why she wouldn’t be! And so what if you wanted revenge? That doesn’t mean it’s still not heroic that you just saved countless lives by killing the man.
UGH, Rory Miller. UGH
And, of course, they have to introduce a love triangle in this last book of the series. Because what good is a YA book if it doesn’t have a FREAKIN’ LOVE TRIANGLE???????
A good one, is what I tell you. Which this book isn’t.