Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Avow Review: The Archers of Avalon Finale

This finale is bittersweet. I've become so involved with the story and the characters that I don't want the series to end. But I know it must.

Just like in the last book, it starts out right where it leaves off. Scarlet now remembers everything about her past lives, and they realize that Gabriel is also missing. The three left: Tristan, Nate, and Scarlet, must find them before it's too late, and they must keep searching for the fountain because roles have been reversed and it's now more crucial than ever that they break the curse. 

One thing I didn't like about this book (the only thing, really) was how the flashbacks were. It was one after another, with the whole chunk of them in the middle of the book. For me, I'd rather she'd have done the same she did in the second book, where they were spread out almost evenly. I like reading the past and the present back and forth. But I see how it worked out for the whole book. I loved the flashbacks, as always. I loved seeing what happened to each of the brothers after Scarlet died and came back to life each time. It made me see how they came to be in the present, and how they are separate personalities and characters, with depths far greater than you first imagine. It was also nice to see the bonding relationship between the brothers and Nathaniel. Nate is one of my favorite characters. He's so sweet and funny, and when it comes to his friends, he's deeply loyal and caring. 

I loved everything about this series; the characters, the suspense, the love story, the story-line and plot, the fantastical and paranormal elements. I loved Scarlet; she was a strong main character. I loved the brothers' relationship, because no matter what, a woman should never come between their bond. I was nervous about that, wondering if it would break that special bond. Heather was like the comical relief, and you couldn't help but like her, even if she talked in text-format and said OMG way too much. The suspense had me reading until I didn't want to put the book down because it had my attention from page one. The story-line pulled me in until I was so wrapped up in the story that I couldn't imagine it ever ending. I didn't want it to. How am I supposed to go on reading other books when Tristan has forever ruined other boys in novels for me? :) Even though I hate to pick sides in a love triangle, I was pulling for Tristan, also wanting Gabriel to find love. So glad my unfairly high expectations of how the love story was going to end were not disappointed. 

As for an ending to the series? It was fantastic, although it made me cry because of what happened to one of the characters (no spoiler!) It made me smile; it made me laugh. It made me sad because I didn't want the story to end. I guess now I'll just have to read them over and over again, because I loved them so much and I don't want to let go of them yet. :)