La Crimson Femme
Review: The Ghosts of Wrath by Demitria Lunetta
★★★ @booksirens #TheGhostsofWrath
This series comes to a satisfying conclusion in book 7. I picked up this book because it hints that Paige will finally find out what happened to her parents in the great "ghosting". At the beginning of this book, I'm thinking there is a bait and switch. This is going to be yet another ludicrous situation Paige finds herself in. Honestly, she believes she can be a private investigator? She can go undercover? This is a total fantasy and it is good the mystery aspect of this is a minor part to the story.
Paige is now trying to find out what her ex-fiancé is trying to tell her with his last message post death. There are several plot holes in this story that just make me go "what were they thinking"? I won't mention each point because it would be spoilers to this story. At one point, I want to serious smack Paige upside the head for being so ignorant. She claims she wants to be a partner to Nico and have him treat her as someone who knows what she is doing. Yet she does absolutely zero detective work. She is like Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies. I hated that guy and about 50% into this book I feel like I have made a mistake and shouldn't have picked up this book. I don't want to DNF and I definitely don't enjoy giving a book a 1 star.
I am not sure if about half way through, one of the 3 writers decided to take control. Because the rest of the book feels decidedly different. There is a focus that isn't there previously. Whilst Paige is still being naïve Paige, she is also determined and her compassion clearly shows through. Perhaps she works best under pressure when there is a threat of imminent death. The rest of the story with the whole cast of characters from the previous books shows up, including her sentient van and a mobile "Little Shop of Horrors" plant. Her back up may be an eclectic group, but they all have one thing in common. They will fight for Paige. The community and comradery to take on the bad guys is sweet and whacky. The ending is anticlimactic yet satisfying. This paranormal romance is recommended to readers who enjoy romantic comedies.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.