I received this book for free from ARC, provided by author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Dark Secrets #4
on October 26, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Source: ARC, provided by author
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The ashes of a dark past fall away, and a new sun rises in place—bringing light to a nation once thought lost to ancient secrets. All that has been done in pursuit of vengeance will be undone for peace, and an age-old agreement will finally be met.
At last, the child who became a queen will pave the way through the blood of others’ lies, and the betrayal on her soul will mark the beginning of a new future—one even she could not have predicted.
All the lies will finally come undone. All the truths will finally be out, but with the layers of deception shifting and evolving, so spawns a new secret Ara must carry alone—one she will fight to take to her grave.
I don’t know if I can do this review justice, but I’m going to do my best and try not to spend the whole review gushing. Ever since I picked up The Dark Secrets series by A.M. Hudson over a year ago it has easily become my favorite paranormal romance series.
I had a little difficulty becoming emotionally involved in the previous book with all of the information to absorb, but Hudson managed to suck me back to that place this time. So many secrets are revealed in this book. The lies that every one are hiding are most certainly going to cause destruction to relationships and friendships. One of the most heartbreaking secrets is when Ara realizes what her mark of betrayal is from, immediately disclosing it to David. In romance novels you always find yourself choosing a side, and I’ve been torn between David and Jason Knight throughout the majority of this series. But I’m firmly planted on Team Jason now without a shadow of a doubt. We finally see the side of King David that everyone has always talked about, the evil sadistic person that he supposedly was before he met Ara. And even though I wanted to hate David my heart also broke for him and Ara. *sad cry sob* When Hudson makes you cry in her books she makes you feel like this is the only way, and this is how it should be. Who on earth makes you cry and feel good about it?!
One of the most amazing things about this series is seeing how the characters have transformed and grown, especially Ara. When you start out in Dark Secrets Ara feels like this horrible spoiled child, and now it’s like she’s suddenly this well poised young woman willing to do whatever she needs to do for the ones she loves, without a second thought. Hudson’s character development is profoundly beautiful and brilliant, all of her characters have such depth and thought put into them and no one feels like just a supplemental addition to the book.
While this book answers so many of the questions I’ve been dying to know, I’m plagued with 100 more. Book #5 is going to need to be 32034598475 pages for me to feel satisfied with this series ending.
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