Coffee Shop Talks is a weekly feature where we each discuss a bookish topic of our choosing.
This week's topic:
Alpha by Rachel Vincent
There are few series that have gotten me as emotional as Vincent's Shifters did. Especially the conclusion, Alpha. It was intense, heartbreaking and had me on the edge of my seat. Vincent delivers the revenge I'd been eagerly anticipating, the growth of a heroine that I loved, the end of a sexy and often frustrating love triangle, and a happily ever after that came with plenty of sacrifices. It was exhilarating and I couldn't have enjoyed it more!
The Crown of Crystal Flame
The conclusion to Wilson's Tairen Soul series was equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking. It was filled with action and battle scenes that kept me glued to the pages. From the very first story, I was in love with the characters, the developing romance, the action and writing style, including the well-timed shifts to other characters' points of view. And I was even more in love with the series by the time it was all over. Every fan of fantasy and romance should read Wilson's Tairen Soul series.
Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead
I can't say too much about why the ending to Mead's Dark Swan series was so very, very disappointing. There would just be too many spoilers. But what I can safely say is that the beginning was slow, the final battle was a huge let down and by the time it was all over I had lost respect for the heroine that I had once loved. I was expecting something epic but discovered that I had set my expectations way too high.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
I loved The Hunger Games and liked Catching Fire, but Mockingjay just didn't have the same effect on me. The ending was less than satisfying and I felt cheated by the way certain events played out. It's disheartening when you become so emotionally invested in the outcome of a series and it doesn't end in a way that feels like you're rewarded for all of the anguish and heartache that you suffered through. Many people really enjoyed it and found that the end fit perfectly with the overall tone of the series, but Mockingjay will always be one of my most disappointing endings.