Thursday, October 28, 2010

Review: Wisdom (My Blood Approves #4) by Amanda Hocking

For her eighteenth birthday, Alice Bonham takes a vacation to Australia only to have her trip cut short by an unexpected murder.

While Alice tries to understand what happened, she regrets some of the choices she's made, especially the more permanent ones.

On top of that, the child vampire is running loose, and its attracting some very unwanted attention...

This turned out to be a very quick series for me to read, but one I really enjoyed. I was disappointed when I finished this fourth installment. Not because of the writing but because it was over, all the loose ends tied up. It was a very exciting and suspenseful conclusion though. So much was going on in this last book that I don't really know where to begin.

All the characters that readers came to know in the series came back for this one and we got to learn more about all of them. Alice was of course still making me dizzy with her feelings and emotions all over the place all the time but I couldn't really blame her either. She spent more time with Milo's boyfriend Bobby and I enjoyed getting to know him better. Jack...poor Jack was kept in the dark about a lot of things and this took a toll on him in Wisdom. He struggles with himself and the decisions he's made, with his family and the secrets they've kept from him, and of course with Alice because he can't seem to make her happy or give her what she wants...because even she doesn't know what that is yet. But he muscles through it the best he can.

A lot of side characters make a more permanent appearance in this book. Leif flits in and out of the scenes and his mysterious demeanor grows, but Hocking does enlighten readers more where he's concerned. Violet enters the picture again and I was surprised how easy her character was to like once we learned more about her. And finally Olivia has become close with Alice and helps her out whenever she can. She still manages to be on the strange side but great fun as well.

Hocking had me so in knots with her last few chapters that I thought I'd be sick. I realized that despite flying through these pages I had grown attached to these characters and was very concerned when it came to what would become of them. So thanks Amanda for the anxiety attacks with this book and please consider writing more about these characters in the future.

I gave Wisdom (My Blood Approves #4) 4 shamrocks!!!!

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