Blurb (from Goodreads):
The beloved Angel/Warrior team face pure evil in their final climactic story!
The first time they were sent down, Irish lives were led. Emily, the angel, ended up embedded in murder and lost in the realm of true love. While Matthew, the warrior, took over a life that left blood on his hands and anger in his soul.
With their second coming, Emily found herself facing an oncoming war that brought her to the shores of America. While Matthew tried desperately to unveil the evil character of a young man who was intent on locking his partner in a ‘gilded’ cage.
Now…Emily and Matthew find that their lives are all their own. Yet, all the memories, hatred, longing and regret have come hand-in-hand with this newfound freedom.
In small town U.S.A., Matthew finds himself loving his new life. From his military school existence to a new, ‘odd’ friend who’s arrived in town, Matthew’s looking forward to graduation and heading off into a brilliant future with Emily by his side.
Emily wants nothing more than to hide. Although doing her best to fit in, she lives a life on the edge, wondering when her past love will reappear to either forgive or seek revenge on the angel who let him down. Battling the shadows that seem to be breaking her soul in two, Emily soon discovers that her small, quiet town has a secret that’s beyond dangerous…
As she and Matthew join forces to help a ‘haunted’ victim, they open the door on a mystery neither of them can believe. A true villain has returned from the past, and not even their heavenly family will be able to save them. This time they’re on their own, as they face a fight that could lead them straight to Hell…and end the angel/warrior team forever.
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
(Source: I received digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Tribute books.)
This is book 3 in ‘The Angel Chronicles’ series, and chronicles Matt and Emily’s third life.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for books 1 & 2 ‘Until Next Time’, and ‘Gilded Wings’.
Emily and Matt have been reborn on earth for their third and final life, and this time they’ve been born as themselves.
Who will Emily choose? Jason or Matt?
This is the third and final book in ‘The Angel Chronicles’ series, and I’m kinda glad it’s over.
The storyline in this one was interesting in that this time, Emily and Matt are born as themselves, and live out a full life on earth as Emily and Matt, unlike their previous lives where they are inserted into the bodies of people who have left the earth too early.
This meant that Emily and Matt actually knew who they were and what they had previously been through together while they were on earth, which meant that this life meant a lot more.
Emily was once again pretty whiney though, and Matt was once again continually pushed away.
The romance in this one was less of a romance, and more of an extension of the love triangle. Matt once again followed Emily around like a puppy dog, desperate for any scrap of attention from her, while Emily sat and silently (and sometimes not so silently) pined for Jason. Let’s just say that the inside of Emily’s head is a bit of a whiney place to be.
While it was obvious that Matt still loved Emily and would fight for her, Emily’s interest in Matt was minimal, and I actually began to get a bit sick of it. Poor Matt just seemed constantly downtrodden by Emily, and I almost hoped that he would just give up on her.
The love triangle persisted until the very end of the story. The very end. Like the last page. Talk about holding out on us. It did end the way I had wanted it to from the beginning, but unfortunately for me, it just didn’t feel realistic, and it wasn’t satisfying. In terms of disappointment, it ranked up there with the end of ‘Mockingjay’ where Katniss ends up with Peeta by default. I can honestly say that there was no love spared at the end of this one. No bells and whistles, it was kinda just ‘well; I picked you. Let’s get on with it.’ you’d think she was picking a vacuum cleaner rather than a partner!
Having finished this series, I can’t say that it’s a must-read. I almost wish I hadn’t bothered at all actually, but that first cover is just too pretty! This isn’t a series that I’ll be re-reading in the future though. If you’re really interested I’d recommend reading the first one, which I personally think is the best one, and then go from there. This isn’t a series where the first book could be read as a standalone though, so be warned of that going in.
Overall; the end – I’m kinda glad.
5 out of 10.