Ugh. I am growing more and more disheartened by the direction this series is going in. These books started as police procedurals with paranormal elements. Our heroine was a cop who also summoned demons. She was relatable. She liked donuts. She hated exercise. She was kind of lonely, with a sort of kooky aunt and mentor as her only family. Over the course of the first few books, she found her niche as a homicide detective. She made a few friends and fell in love. And then, really, what the hell happened?
The past few books –and this book especially– have taken us to an unrecognizable place. I don’t even know who Kara is any more. Diana Rowland keeps changing the game. Then she changes it again. Then she changes it again. The Rhyzkahl betrayal was shocking. Not that he was her knight in shining armor, but the depths of that betrayal can’t be overstated. Then, I was heartbroken when we lost the possibility of an HEA with Ryan. But Rowland changed the game again and gave us Mzatal. Now, she changes things again.
She puts people and plans in Kara’s life and then systematically blows them up one at a time. Have a friends-with-benefits demon lord? Boom! Turn that into a plan for her ritual sacrifice. Have promising almost-human boyfriend? Boom! He never really existed. A job at the PD? Boom! A new boyfriend? Boom! Family? Boom! Friends? Boom! Magic? Boom!
I’m just tired. This book blows up some of the last fragile, soft places that Kara has to land. And I am tired of it. I get working in one sharp turn in a series, but it seems like all that is left in this series are turns. And as the old circle moves out, new people work their way into the “posse.” And I don’t want new people, but the old people are ruined and that’s not ok. IT’S NOT OK TO RUIN EVERYONE.
The book moves the series arc forward in as much as we see the bad guys are advancing their evil plans to make a direct gateway from the demon realm to earth. And more bad things happen to Kara. And we lose more people from the circle of trust. Oh and Jill’s baby is born –not much a surprise there, what with a baby on the cover and all.
I’m just dangerously close to no longer giving a shit. Which is sad because 1) I was so very invested in the beginning and 2) there are only two books left in the series. But when it’s over, who will be left standing with Kara? Anyone? Will I care?
I just don’t know.
I realize this may be the worst review ever, but I am just really disappointed, y’all. I don’t know what else to say.
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Vengeance of the Demon
by Diana Rowland
Release Date: April 7, 2015