Saturday, 16 July 2016

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson Review

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler free review!

The Beauty of Darkness
Written by Mary E. Pearson
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Pages: 688
Source: NetGalley
Places to Get this Book: Amazon Barnes and Noble Book Depository

Recommended Age: 13 and up!


Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous - what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson's combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.


This is one of my favorite YA Fantasy series and I was so excited when NetGalley granted me my wish and let me read a copy of the last book. But I was also scared to read the last book. I do not like endings and I was scared to see what would happen. What if someone I adored, died? What if Lia ended up with no one? Ugh, I was so worried. But I have to say that I am now happy and not a bit disappointed.


The cover is gorgeous and it shows Lia as a strong young woman. I adore it, dark as it is.


We got more world-building and history in this book. In the last book we got tons of Venda history and in this one we got some more information about Dalbrek and Morrighan. I found all this really interesting and helpful which was a huge plus.

Then there are the characters.


Lia was as strong and badass as ever. She has a total mind of her own and let's everyone know it. She doesn't fall prey to others and does her own thing, no matter what others say. She is also really kind and shows kindness even to people who don't totally deserve it but in the end she can be brutal and cunning. I adore her character and she will always be one of my favorite female heroines of all time.


Rafe was still kind but at some points, he annoyed me to no end. Sometimes he said things that he just shouldn't have said which made everything fall to pieces. I still love Rafe and adore him but at times he was just not the perfect person, you think he is.


Kaden is so sweet. Like you don't always see it but he is so sweet and innocent and ugh, I love him to death. I didn't find myself shipping him as much with Lia as I did before because of certain happenings but he still deserves to be loved to death. Kaden has had a hard past which is a little confusing to all of us readers but he managed to pull through and become a better man than his father.


Pauline sheds her shyness and is totally badass and strong in this one. She doesn't let anyone knock her down and stands her own despite being pregnant and having her own problems. I also loved how she started to be nice to Kaden despite what he put Lia and herself through.


The plot was amazing and wonderful for a last book in a series. I feel like they tied everything together nicely, even though I will always want more. I adored what happened in this book and found myself biting my nails in fear and anticipation.


The romance is still a prominent part in this book. Rafe and Lia have their cute, fluffy moments and then their arguments. And you can still tell Kaden likes Lia but it is more of a friendship thing. I found myself liking Rafe and Lia together more than I did before which was a change.


I love the writing in this series so I obviously liked it in this one. I felt like there was just the right amount of description as dialogue.

Final Thoughts:

A must read for fans of this series. It does not disappoint. The characters continue to amaze and the plot thrill you. Highly recommended.

Quotes from the Book:

"Now it was her face that loomed, an image I couldn't bear."

"You define a sword by terms and a world that is familiar to you, in all the ways you can see, feel, and touch, but what if there was a world that spoke in other ways?"

"What is magic but what we don't yet understand?" 

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Crowns

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