Review: The Last Grave by Debbie Viguié

last graveReviewed by Jen

I actually got a copy of this book before reading The Thirteenth Sacrifice and I debated with myself about whether to jump into this series on the second book. The OCD in me forced me to start at the beginning and I am so glad I did.  You could read this book first, but you would miss out on so much that has shaped the main character. The events of The Thirteenth Sacrifice chewed her up and spit her out.  In many ways, this story is a reaction to what happened.  It has its own central mystery, but the Samantha we see here is one fashioned by her latest hardships.

It’s been three months since Samantha moved to San Francisco in the hopes of starting her life over without magic.  It’s been difficult.  Ever since she had to reclaim her witch powers, it’s been harder than ever to stop herself from using them.  She has a roommate, a crummy new partner, and –before you know it– a new murder case with ties to witchcraft.  Like before, Samantha is hesitant to get involved.  But she knows she has a responsibility to stop the witches.  She really is the only one who can.

I have to say, I liked the first book a little more than I liked this one.  Don’t get me wrong… I enjoyed it. But it was definitely a transition book.  We’re seeing Samantha struggle with what she has had to do and what she continues to have to do in order to keep the world safe.  We’re watching her learn herself and she uncovers her repressed memories. And we’re learning that the worst may be yet to come.

I was cool with the character development. Samantha is a complex person, and she is even more interesting because she is getting to know herself at the same time we are getting to know her.  The tone here is just as dark and creepy as the last book.  But there were times I got confused. As the mystery is solved, it was revealed that confusion was intentional, but it took me out of the story. It was also harder to watch Samantha struggle with everything alone.  In the last book, she had connections –to Ed and Anthony.  I felt their absence here, not just in the impact on Samantha, but in the lack of meaningful interactions she had with others.

I’ll tell you what, though.  The ending has me very excited for the next book.  It’s a great set-up. I’m glad I have A Circle of Blood standing by.

Rating: B/B-

*ARC Provided by Signet

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The Last Grave
by Debbie Viguié
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Signet

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