Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Descent (The Taker #3) by Alma Katsu #Review

Genre: Fantasy, Gothic, Paranormal, Romance
Author: Alma Katsu
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Reviewed by: Aimee
Source: Audible Audiobook Purchase
Rating: 5 out of 5 (♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥)
And then he appeared at the end of the hall, a shadowy figure backlit by the sun. My heart raced, being in his presence once again. Adair, the man who’d hurt and deceived me, loved and exalted me, brought a man back from the dead for me, given me all of time in the hope I would share it with him. Did he still love me enough to help me?

As I stood in Adair’s magnetic presence, everything that had happened between us rushed back to me in a tumult, all that passion and anger and hurt. The chaos of the strange world I had known when I’d lived with him tugged at me. I stood at his door ready to ask him to take a journey with me—a journey that wasn’t without risk. The bond between us might be ruined forever. Still, I had no choice. No one else could help me.

A new chapter in our history was about to begin.
I'm not sure what some of the low ratings on Goodreads are about. I loved this book. I love this series, which I sometimes read and sometimes listened to in audiobook format. My favorite part of the whole thing is the author's style of writing; very elegant, very deep and poetic. This is what baffles me. I can only assume that some people are so caught up in what's "expected" that they don't like it when something veers off course in the romance world.

This book... no, this series... is different. It's emotional, cerebral and thought provoking. It lingers inside your head. Poorly written books don't bother to hang around in your spongy brain matter or imprint themselves there permanently. Unless, of course they're traumatizingly awful. Books that are different stay with you. You ponder over them and think about them for days; even if the story made you upset. That's the sign of a good book; when it can mash at all your buttons and stir you up in some way.

Another thing I'd like to note... the Taker Trilogy is a love story. Not a Romance. It's realistic in it's portrayal of the trials and tribulations of love. Love is undefinable. Finding and understanding love is not easy. So many books focus only on THE single relationship with Happily Ever Afters. This series explores (in the author's own words), "how a woman is ruined by love," how she is changed by all the many faces of love, and how her immortality has affected her own self realizations.

This series is not like most typical PNR's. In fact, labeling it is difficult because it crosses genres. I think this may be what bothers people. They don't know what to expect from it. It's unpredictable. It's different. I like different, the unexpected, unpredictability, and books that cross genres and take you on a soul searching or philosophical journey.

I'm guessing maybe some people were also disappointed because there are no paranormal creatures; the heroine isn't some kick-butt, weapon wielding femme fatale; the hero (who is actually rather depraved and debauched in the first book) is not an alpha male warrior with rippling abs and bulging muscles; and the plot and storyline are not cookie cutter. Go figure.

I have this author, series and narrator (Laurel Lefkow) on my favorites list and wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone. Different is good people! It's the best! Step out of your comfort zone!

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