Monday, 30 April 2012

Review: Dark Heart Surrender - Lee Monroe

Dark Heart Surrender by Lee Monroe, published by Hodder Children's Books on 5th April 2012

Goodreads synopsis:
Jane's world has changed now that Luca, love of her live, inhabits it, and she's happier than she ever thought she could be. But how can a werewolf survive in the real world? When an immortal lives in the mortal world, the natural order of things must change. And what seems perfect, becomes destructive. They've overcome different worlds. But nothing could prepare Jane for this ...

* There may be spoilers from previous books in the series.

Lee Monroe's enjoyable trilogy comes to a close with 'Dark Heart Surrender'.  I was looking forward immensely to reading this one and finding out whether or not Jane and Luca would get their happy ending.  The two have had many ups and downs throughout the series and obstacles have constantly been put in their way but regardless of that it's always felt like they were destined to be together.

The story starts with Luca now living with Jane on mortal earth.  He's sacrificed a lot to be with her and has left his family and true heritage behind in Nissilum.  I've always liked the character of Luca who is kind, noble and good.  In this book a different side of him is shown, although without revealing anything about the plot, there's a very good reason why.  Jane too has shown a tremendous amount of growth and character development throughout each book in the series.  She started off as quite shy and withdrawn but has gradually become more confident and self-assured.  I've really identified with her and desperately wanted everything to work out for her and Luca. 

Two new characters are introduced early on in the book, a brother and sister pairing called Ade and Polly.  There's a lot more to them than first meets the eye and at times I found them really creepy and quite unsettling. 

Unlike the previous instalment, most of the story took place on earth rather than in Nissilum.  I thought this was a good choice because it was interesting seeing Jane and Luca starting off having everything they thought they wanted and being a proper couple at last, only for their lives to be turned upside down. 

I think my only criticism of this book would be that the ending was a little abrupt.  Without spoiling anything I kept waiting for a big romantic moment between Luca and Jane which never really came.  I found it a bit disappointing because I'd invested so much in their relationship.  Saying that though, the final few chapters were very exciting and full of intrigue and suspense. 

Overall this was a fitting finale to the series and a great send-off for the characters.  Apparently Lee Monroe is already hard at work on her next novel which is a 'fated' love story.  I can't wait!

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