Review: A Secret to Die For by Sierra Dean

secret to die forReviewed by Jen

I’ll admit, I started this book with fear in my heart. Sierra Dean has been very upfront about her plans for carnage in this book. She has said openly that people will die… that this series would go out with a bang.  And while I have downright lobbied for the death of at least one character in this book, Dean has proven over and over that she never chooses the easy path for her heroine.  As expected, this book is no different.

As the story begins, zombies have taken over New York.  Well, not zombies exactly, but suffice it to say the dead are walking the streets and the Big Apple looks like a warzone.  Secret and her team of besties make it their mission to figure out what is behind the infestation and cut it off at the legs.  It’s no easy task, especially now that the secret of her hybrid blood is out.  How will the vampire council react?  Will this give her enemies the ammunition they need to see her dead? Will the wolves reject her?  It’s the reality she’s been afraid of since the series began.  Watching it all play out is good stuff.

If it’s the love triangle you’re worried about, well, Secret did choose a man at the end of the last book.  Of course, there are repercussions there.   That’s all I have to say about that.

The deaths were what I was really worried about, and they were major deaths.  (Yes, deaths, plural.)  While I thought I knew exactly how I would feel about the death of any main characters, I was wrong.  Dean managed to get in a good sucker punch. I’m not going to tell you who dies. That would be cheating.  I have run the gamut with these characters over the course of eight books. They’ve been entertaining, infuriating, sympathetic, sexy, loveable, and pitiful, in turns. Even though I knew it was coming, when we lost one, it was so sudden and jarring… and nothing like I thought it would be. I’m sad. I can see why it was important to the story, but it hurt more than I thought it would.

What was most impressive to me about the book is that Dean has managed to tie up all the loose ends. All the prophecies come to pass. All the old scores are settled.  All of the debts paid.  And the climax played out in pretty spectacular fashion. I never had any idea what was coming next in the story, but when all was said and done it all felt like it happened exactly the way it was supposed to.  Kudos to Sierra Dean.  I think fans will be satisfied.  I was.

Rating: B+

*ARC provided by author for review

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A Secret to Die For
by Sierra Dean
Release Date: December 16, 2014
Publisher: Samhain

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