Review: Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles #3) by Kresley Cole

deadTitle: Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles #3)
Author: Krelsey Cole
Publication Date: 1st Janurary 2015 (Simon and Schuster UK)
Pages: 303
Genre: Paranormal
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones|  |Book Depository|

Evie was almost seduced by the life that Death offered her – until Jack was threatened by two of the most dangerous and horrific Arcana, the Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects and stolen glances from a former lover.

Evie heads into the perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet her allies and launch an attack on the Lovers. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, but convincing Jack and Death to work together may be an impossible task.

There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat the Lovers without killing one another first…? [Goodreads]

This series is so amazing. I don’t think I can even explain how this has exceeded my expectations so many times. When I think it’s going one way, it totally isn’t and it can be completely heartbreaking – even though some of the choices Evie takes aren’t the ones I would.

When Evie hears that Jack has been captured she must save him. Especially when it’s by the two of the most dangerous Arcana, Lovers. She makes a deal with Death to allow her to return to her allies to save Jack. And when she returns, she finds that camp has changed and so has Jack. Evie is more confused when Jack and Death find themselves fighting side by side, but the Lovers have a history with Evie that she has to yet again piece together to understand.

Seeing Jack and Death together was an interesting read. They surprisingly worked incredibly well as a team although the rivalry occurred when Evie was mentioned. There was a lot of pushing and pulling, more so on Jack’s side, as Evie tells them that she won’t decide who she will be with until they complete their mission.

The history between Death and Evie tears me up. He tries everything to ensure that Evie doesn’t do what she normally does and he wants to change. And then we bring Jack into the picture. Someone who has changed after loving Evie and has created a hard shell around himself and got himself a new title. It’s only when we see him with Evie that we see his most vulnerable side. But for me, Death won me over for most of the book. I think I am more sympathetic towards him because of how desperate he is to not let history repeat itself.

The Lovers are more complex than at first glance. When we finally meet them there are secrets that are more disturbing for me to repeat again. The way Cole thinks is so clever and I wish I had the brains to twist stories like she does. Especially when you think all is well, Cole slams us with a heart wrenching event that throws us completely off course. And with a cliff hanger too? Now that is pure evil.

My rating
I really liked it

4 cup

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