Will love conquer all?
Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank’s absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels – destroying Patch.
Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.
But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.
As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.
I want to reiterate from past reviews that I rate solely on how much I enjoyed a book. The 3 star rating does not reflect the series as a whole.
Final books in series seem to be an issue. It must be hard to write a really good series and then come up with a deserving ending. I’m not sure exactly what I expected and I am not completely disappointed otherwise the rating would have been lower. In fact the rating is more around 3.5 but I like to keep with the Goodreads parameters.
One thing I did want was for Nora and Patch to be on opposite sides. I wanted them to be in love but have to take opposite sides. Throughout the entire series, Patch was presented as a bad boy who was trying to appease all sides and we never really knew where his loyalties truly lay. In Finale, we even see the doubt with Dabria. I guess that kind of got a little old and I wanted him to take a firm position- Angels, Fallen or Nephilim. Team Nora just wasn’t a realistic option in my opinion.
Now that Nora is the leader of the Nephilim, she has to train. There is a lot of training. I didn’t find it that interesting and Nora’s complaining in the morning got a little old.
If you’ve read my other reviews, you may have run into one or two comments about the completely unreasonable expectations of teenage girls. Finale is going to perpetuate that. You have a teenage girl who falls in love with an angel, knows she will be with him for all eternity because he has made a blood promise to her and she won’t even lose her best friend with time because it turns out her best friend is also immortal.
But adult books are like that, you say. Yes, but adults know better. We know they are complete fiction. While most teenage girls will also recognize this, emotionally, I think most will expect the fantasy no matter how unrealistic it is. Does this mean books like Finale should not be written? Of course not, but there are so many books like this out there. My daughter even reads them although she is only ten and we read them together, so I can inject a healthy dose of reality in the middle of the story. I’m guessing most teens are reading these on their own and only discuss it with their friends along the lines of, “Oh, Patch is so dreamy.” I can only hope that teens like to discuss books with their parents who can then bring them back to earth.
What’s the solution for the book? Maybe no blood oath. Maybe Vee doesn’t get married at around 20.
Despite my the issues I addressed, I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys Young Adult books, especially those who enjoy Young Adult books about angels. The writing is good, the story is interesting, it is a quick and entertaining read.
Reviewed by Christina
April 6, 2014