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Monday, July 15, 2013

Review: Black Moon by Holly Hood

Title: Black Moon
Series: Ink #3
Author: Holly Hood
Published: July 13, 2013
Format: Ebook provided for review

Slade saved her life...
but none of that matters anymore...

Torn between her love for Slade and her own existence, Hope has to fight to keep one while battling to save the other. They say it all falls apart in the end. Walking away isn’t always easy.

Hope believed in Slade…

But sometimes belief has a horrible way of destroying your life.

Can their love survive or will it all just fall apart?

Oh, this series is something else. I’ve recently read the third book, Black Moon,  in the Ink series, and while I ended up loving it, I didn’t start out that way. That is also the way that book two, Twisted Magic, went down for me. But I love this series, I really do. I’ll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible, but it is going to be hard!

Book three starts out with Nona, Claude, and Hope’s dad bailing her out of jail. Audrey is out of the picture, and I’m waiting for Hutch to make a reappearance. Because in my own personal saga of Hutch vs. Slade, Hutch is currently in the lead. Hope is, in my opinion, on a downward spiral. Her attitude is in the garbage, she’s using magic publicly, and she is making what I consider to be not great decisions. Really, if I’m honest with myself, I do not like Hope much at this point. I almost feel like she’s taking on the personality of Audrey, and I’m disappointed in her.

“Then please explain it to me. What do you want?”

I wanted a lot of things. “I want devotion. I want love. I want to be the best thing that happened to someone. So vital they would die without me.”

“That’s love, Doll.” Hutch said. “The most insane kind.”

I dropped my chin to my palm. “The most unobtainable kind.”

However, the action really starts to ignite with this book. The love triangle with Slade, Hope, and Hutch continues to spin – even after Hope makes her choice, the odd man out still is trying to win his way into her life. And her choice is the right choice, and that is when she starts to make her way back into my good graces. The man she chooses is also winning my heart, and I feel like I can root for him with a clear conscience, even though the road was rocky on the best of days to get where they were. I’m proud of what these two are building, and they are a couple I enjoy to read about.

There were some points in this book where I wished the scenes were a little bit more fleshed out. There were a couple instances I had to reread a few paragraphs because I had felt like I missed something. That is something that even seemed to work itself out as the story went on.

“This is real life, Hope,” Dad said. “Witches don’t exist. Girls don’t fall in love with vampires. Everything is going to be fine.”

As always, Cherry, CA is full of interesting characters. A new one is named K. Yep, he just goes by K. And boy, is he interesting. I think he is definitely one to watch. There were times I loved him, times I hated him, and in the end I was just all like, “whoa!” Hopes best friend, Karsen, kind of grated on me in this book. She and Hope are just not as connected as they once were, and it makes me a bit sad. I really loved that Hope had this great relationship with another female, and to see it falling to the wayside is just a bit sad.

Overall, I really loved how this book had twisted and turned and flipped me on my ass. Some people who you don’t expect have more than one face, and their hidden personality is quite scary. I love Hope’s new strength, and as her attitude begins to right itself, I feel more in tune with her character. I was kept guessing and second guessing, and the mystery of it all kept me interested and excited for each new chapter. The black magic vs. nature magic, good vs. evil, the whole complexity of not knowing who is exactly good and who isn't is something I'm really loving in this book.  Just when I think I've got things figured out and I know where I stand on everything, Holly Hood shows me a whole new side to the Ink series.  Now I’m positively on edge waiting for book four!