Publisher: Philomel || Release Date: 20th March 2014 || Genre: Historical, Paranormal, Romance || Series: Secrets of the Eternal Rose #3 || Source: The Library || Pages: 326 || Read It In: 3 hours
|| Word Rating: Satisfying
NOTE: This will be almost a series overview but there should be no spoilers for those who haven't read the series.
I have had so trouble with this series. I think the main problem of my problems (yes, confusing) is the main character Cass. To me, characters are the most important things in a book. If you can relate to them, or enjoy them, then you're much more likely to enjoy the rest of the story. And who is normally the most important character in a book? Yes that's right! The main character. If you don't like the main character, then there is practically NO chance of you enjoying the rest of the book. Let me introduce you to Cassandra (Cass) the main character in The Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy. Cass is SO naive it seems unreal. Practically the WHOLE time I was reading the series, all I was doing was wondering if Cass ACTUALLY had a brain. She is SO thoughtless and just rushes into things heedless of the obvious bad consequences. *headdesks*
After finishing the trilogy, I believe that Paul wanted to make a journey out of Cass growing less naive and into a stronger person, BUT DID IT HAVE TO TAKE 3 BOOKS AND 1113 PAGES LATER TO GET TO THAT POINT??? *headdesks* It took to the THIRD book for me to like Cass consistently, without fantasizing about possible ways to drill a hole in her skull to see f there was actually a brain in there.
Next, on my list of problem problems list, is the AWFUL love triangle. The love triangle goes on throughout the whole series. Will Cass choose Falco? Will Cass choose Luca? and back again. Again, Cass's stupidity comes in again the way she just can't make up her mind which is the right guy for her. *headdesks*
In STARLING, Cass saves Luca from a not very nice place (I am trying REALLY hard not to let out spoilers, guys)and they are now on the run. Now that Falco is out of the limelight (due to something that happened near the end of BELLADONNA), Luca steps in. What I really hated about the love triangle (among other things...)WAS THAT IT WASN'T EVEN FAIR. It was Falco this, Falco that...true Luca resembled a human zombie but that wasn't his fault...much. Thankfully in STARLING, Luca actually showed human emotion - gasp!
What I really enjoyed about STARLING is that it didn't go on. There was no dithering like there was in VENOM and BELLADONNA which made me like the book even more. There is nothing I like more than CRISP writing. I am a girl that prefers the hard facts, and while STARLING didn't all deliver, it had enough to satisfy my picky bookworm heart.
The ending of STARLING was PERFECT. I was terrified about who Cass would choose in the love triangle but I'm glad she made the right decision and recognised that the other person wasn't right for her. Cass acted like an adult and I was proud of her.
I realize that this isn't really a review but more of a messy jumble of my thoughts but I hoped you enjoyed it and it made sense. :)
4 stars out of 5
In the end, STARLING was a satisfying conclusion to a trilogy that I had a like/loathe relationship with. Cass finally grew up (only took three VERY LONG BOOKS) and started making adult decisions. Saying goodbye to this series was bitersweet but I am kinda thankful it's over. I don't think my brain could've taken any more annoying-cass moments.