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LIFE IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION!!!!!
21 November 2015
THE SIXTH MEMBER of this wonderfully uplifting series of YA Supernatural-themed romance novels fits right in with the theme of its more established siblings, and of course, easily matches their quality of story telling. Alert and seasoned fans of Ms Kate’s books may well have formulated their own ideas of how this book will end as they approach it’s twenty percent mark. I know I have, but I wont be revealing my theory here (*SPOILERS*). But this fact, and given a few moments of peace and quiet, UNFORGIVEN will give you the chance to meditate on the book’s plot and may well you immensely satisfied and with a not surprisingly strong feeling of contentment and gratitude to the author for writing it in the first place.
But as they say in the classics, the point of life is the journey, and not the destination. And so it is with this book. Reading UNFORGIVEN will not only bless the reader with yet another huge dose of the universe’s most essential ingredient, but we will also get the chance to learn more of the past and back story of Cam, Lilith and, of course, Big Bad Lucifer.
We also learn what it means to have music in your *soul*.
The very structure of the book is what lends the story it’s body, so as you make progress you will see the wisdom in it’s sub plots. And they are highly entertaining, as well as bordering on compelling in their own right. One never really knows the intentions of Lucifer. Obviously, he is the ultimate temptation for those unlucky enough to find themselves in his sights, and so on the one hand, you can see him plotting the downfall of Cam, or Lilith, and yet on the other, he can be seen showing mercy (yes, I said mercy) by giving some assistance to one of these fore mentioned characters.
The legendary school of hard knocks (SWORD AND CROSS) gets a mention here, but (thankfully) just a fleeting one. Even though i loved to hate that place back in book one, it’s mention in this novel may well lead the reader to unexpected feelings of excitement at vague promises of a return visit. But maybe not.
The writing style in UNFORGIVEN is just as good as the others in this series. Humour in its own right does not get a role, but we should all by know that eternal love is not a laughing matter. Friendship is, though, and so at the rare times in the book when a troubled soul finds the strength to look past their own problems and see a like minded individual holding our for their own hero, feelings of relief and joy may well escape your own heart as you find yourself totally involved in the moment.
We see the school based characters grow in a variety of ways, from facing up to bullies in the cafeteria, to seeing, recognising and correcting their flawed patterns of behaviour in front of the school staff, and even searching their own souls for answers to questions they had not even thought of. But I guess that is what this book - heck - this entire YA genre is all about. Seeing, reading, and experiencing some of life’s major questions in your own personal thinking space, and in your own time. And learning how to come up with your own answers.
And so I award this awesome new release full marks. Not just for the build up and solution to the most awesome night of any the book’s central character’s lives, but the trials and tribulations they face and overcome as they get there. And that theorem I mentioned earlier about life not being a destination, but the journey you undertake in order to get there? Well, UNFORGIVEN by Lauren Kate has just proven it.