“ Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Parker Blue / Paperback / 194 Pages / Book is published 2011-03-14 by BelleBooks „
With the Encyclopedia Magicka still missing and the Keeper pressing them to help him find it, Val and Shade realise that first they will have to team up with him to find it and decide who keeps it afterwards. Coming to a truce with her human partner Dan, Val explains what has happened and enlists his aid as well. In the meantime her faithful Hellhound is doing a bit more than sniffing around Shade's new King Charles Spaniel Hellhound hybrid. The two dogs seems happy, but what about Val and Shade? Shade seems to spending more and more time with the Keeper and dismissing Val's concerns about him and his motives. Has she messed up again? Worrying that this new love will be over before it gets started just like the one with Dan, val finds herself emotionally conflicted while trying to unravel the mystery of just who the Keeper is, where he actually came from, and where the book is located. The answers to her questions are nothing like what she expects , but then in this life the surreal and unusual should seem pretty normal by now, right?
In this final installment of the trilogy, the action is ramped up and we also move away from character development and more firmly into the romance angle. A word of warning for those buying it for the YA market however: be aware that this last book DOES contain moderate sexual scenes (big surprise here, she IS part succubus), but it is tastefully done. It does bear mentioning however, as this makes it unsuitable for the under 16 crowd. Blue keeps the plot moving along, with the romance firmly woven in as a thread relating to Val's nature and her struggle for identity, so it's not gratuitous and actually helps bind the three books into a cohesive whole. I also appreciated how the whole losing her virginity thing was looked at from an emotional point of view, with the careful consideration Val was giving it as to her readiness and the worthiness of to whom she was giving it as well as why.
The sarcastic wit of the first two novels in the series is still here, but this time it's a bit more self deprecating and not so much on the pop culture side. This works quite well, as the nature of the darkly comedic comments matures along with the characters, moving it away from the at times mildly spoof like to sardonically wry in a self conscious manner. being told from Val's point of view, this is especially fitting, as we get to hear her inner comments on her entanglements. the two Hellhounds as always provide a bit of comic relief, though Princess is one dog I'd be withholding Bonios from if she tried that high and mighty snootiness with me. Even my cat is not quite that full of himself!
It is available as a paperback or as a Kindle edition. I myself recieved the e-book format as a review copy, for which I'd like to thank Bell Bridge Books and their intermediary, NetGalley. I found the formatting of the e-edition to be impeccable, without having to alter the text size, re-fit to screen, etc. Often there will be sudden strange margin spaces and random non-letter characters in e-editions, due to formatting errors, but just as with the two previous novels, I found this to be complete free of these. the selected font was pleasant to look at as well, which might not seem to be a big issue for many people, but as an editor, I find font choices to be quite important. In this case, the chosen font not only meshed well with the tone of the story, but was quite attractive to look a artistically, easy on the eye, and not at all difficult to read even on a 6 inch Kindle screen. Recommended.