Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Fading Amber by Jaime Reed

Title: Fading Amber
Author: Jaime Reed
Publisher: Dafina
Release Date: December 24, 2012
Pages: 304 pages (paperback)
How I Got the Book: ARC from the publisher via NetGalley
Purchase/Pre-order: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Promotional Materials and More: author website

Fading AmberAfter falling for a Cambion and then turning into one herself, Samara never thought her senior year could get any more complicated. The gaps in her memory, the mysterious deaths and the constant danger that threaten her once quiet town have a common thread: Tobias, a demon with a lot of enemies. He's also Samara's other soul mate and he's suddenly disappeared. 

But Samara isn't the only one who wants to find Tobias. His enemies are getting closer and their plans for retribution could mean deadly consequences for Samara and her true soul mate, Caleb.


Aw, it's kind of sad this is over now. There goes one of the few decent YA paranormal romance series I didn't mind reading! This time around, all the fun, affectionate parody elements from the first two books are dumped for buckets full of serious business--and it works.

Like always, Samara's voice is spot-on and her constantly developing relationship with the increasingly secretive Lilith is written so strongly that I can't help but make note of it. Caleb's mood swings are a little irritating, though he probably would have been the same way had he not spent most of book two in a coma. The pacing is high-speed-car-chase kind of fast and the plot, while not always engaging in and of itself, really caught me by surprise with its biggest twist. Of all the things that could have happened during Samara's blackout, THAT wasn't what I expected. At all.

This time around, logic is also a little more scarce at certain points. Mia and Sam have a big fight and the former forgives the latter as soon as the latter texts her about a major party. Why? An apology or explanation doesn't come until they've been friends again for a while. It seems as if that quick reconciliation only happens to give Tobias someone to threaten when the climactic scene approaches. Still, it's easy to overlook when everything keeps moving.

I hope Reed publishes more YA novels in the future because she's got the voice for it. There are a few questions lingering about whether or not Caleb and Samara will be considered too much of a threat to leave alone (especially after what they pulled in front of Ruiz), but it's otherwise a solid ending to a trilogy more people ought to try their luck with.

4 stars!

What am I reading next?: Fall to Pieces by Vahini Naidoo