True gets more distracted than ever. Her Orion is now hooked up with another girl while True tries to get him back and reawaken his memory. However, Orion is now a human boy and the saintly air he had when he was merely Eros’s boyfriend is mercifully stripped away here. He’s got flaws, issues and is understandably perplexed by the women around him.
True wants Orion back but she’s forced by the terms of her contract to merge another couple. Orion wants her and is beginning to get glimpses of a time when they knew each other. But he’s got a girlfriend and he’s determined not to cheat (even if his girlfriend is needy, clingy and constantly checking up on him). True is wild and gleeful when they’re together and gets plunged into misery when they’re not. When one of her old rivals shows up, she is desperate to protect Orion by keeping him away from her. You see what a tangled mess this is. No wonder Orion is miserable and confused.
This book could use more share of humor, I think, especially as True tries to arrange romance between two people who seem to be polar opposites. The novel digs into the pressures of being popular, the yearning for companionship and the real reasons anyone would cling to a frenemy. It gives us glimpses behind the façade of supposed popular people and reveal that even they have their insecurities.
But there’s danger as well and this gives this novel a far more serious tone than the proceeding two. When death becomes a threat, the writing had better match its seriousness. This novel manages to deliver the needed tension and fear as the stakes behind love and redemption get higher. Still…questions were left unanswered. We still don’t know why Apollo connived at Orion’s death in the first place. Artemis wants Orion but doesn’t seem to see her brother’s presence to him as a threat. Seriously? She is holding on to her age-old love for Orion but she willfully blinds herself about the person who got him killed? What sense does that make?
Even if the first book was rather disappointing, the last one redeems it somewhat in terms of drama even if the action gets rather overheated.
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