Thursday, July 10, 2014

Review: Wings by Elizabeth Richards

Wings (Black City, #3)
Wings (Black City #3) by Elizabeth Richards
Following the cliffhanger ending of Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn't heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him.
Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it's the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won't give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.
A pulse-racing end to an exciting series
Publishes in US: June 12th 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
Genre: Paranormal, dystopia, vampires
Source: bought
Series? Yes. Black City #3
My series review: Black City

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    This has been a series that I have loved and sought out, so of course I was nervous going into it but had every faith that Richards would do an amazing job. Honestly, going in, I only remembered the basics and that Ash was an amazing character and I loved their romance. 

     It started right in with the story. The alternating POV between Natalie and Ash is back. It is so hard that they are separated because I know they are lonely and worried about the other. Its the last book so its not a spoiler to say that I was soooo relieved when they were finally reunited even under the rising chaos and such of trying to take down Puritan Rose and his cronies. 

    There are quite a few twists in this one, and one of those surprises is that there is another point of view. With my fibro and memory issues, I didn't remember if we'd met him before or the significance of getting into his head, but I did like his voice and the tension of the time and rules he's living under. He's had a hard life, but it is good that he has that bond with one person in his family--even if his methods of showing love are sometimes harsh or shocking. 

    This isn't my favorite of the series though. It was good and mostly kept my attention but I did find a few times where I was skimming and looking for action, romance, or the next POV. This was mainly in about 2/5-3/5 of the way through, once past the halfway I was flipping pages like nobody's business wondering how everything fit together. 

    And once it started clicking, the set-up really set the pace on fire. Information was revealed that had me pretty shocked. Also, the romance was amazing and it kept making me sigh. I love Ash to death and how he is with Natalie, and the strength and resolve he has to keep going and fighting for a better world for all the races together. He sees a lot of loss and grief, pain and suffering in the fight to get there. 

   Each character played their part so well, and I really appreciated the ending. It gave me closure and it was a brave way to go out. Nothing was 100% put back together, but the people who needed to die or pay for their actions got what was coming one way or another, and Natalie and Ash have the hope and bright future ahead of them to make things work in a whole new way. They feel the loss of some who fought beside them, and they relish the ones who made it and others who joined them along the way. 

Bottom Line: Good ending to a series I loved, hard saying goodbye to Ash and this swoony romance.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever been separated from someone you love?
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  1. Jessica @ a GREAT readJuly 10, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    OOh nice review! I still need to read this one myself but have been swamped with review books the past two months! It's crazy! And as I am winding down it will be hard deciding what to read next out of all the new books I acquired during that time!

    But I loved this series too! Can't believe it's over (or nearly since I still need to read this one!) Glad to hear that you enjoyed the ending!

  2. Ugh. I haven't even read the first one yet, and i have the second. Now the third is coming out??? This is definitely a series on my list, but keeps getting pushed aside. Thanks for the great review (and reminder!)

  3. kirstymariejonesstudioreadsJuly 10, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Shame it wasn't perfect or nearly perfect since it was the end of the series. :( Hate it when it doesn't go like that, you know? You've spent years with the series, and it's a shame. :( Uhm, love, not separated by distance. My best friend lives in a different country though, which sucks.

  4. Awesome review! I'm glad that you really liked this book. I read the first one a couple days ago and absolutely adored it! Elizabeth Richards has really created a splendid idea that has to do with vampires!

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  5. Oh it's great to have a good romance like that, I'm glad you hada good time even if it wasn't that awesome...

  6. I've been thinking about starting this series and I'm glad you enjoyed it :) Dual POVs are always good when couples are separated and yay for the relieving reunion :)

  7. Don't get me started on being away from my love! Ugh!

    Anyway, I loved the first book and even if you had mild issues about it, I think it's a pretty good ending. Yeah? Thanks for the feedback, Brandi!

  8. I can't wait to read this one because I'm curious to see how it all ends. It should be up next for me soon. I'll be sad to see it end as well! Great review :)

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  9. I DNF'ed the first one, and I feel like the black sheep of the lot. To answer your question, no, I haven't! But I love reading about it ;)

  10. I have not seen this one around before now

  11. I didn't even realise that the final book to this series was out already, I've been considering giving this book a go, and I think your review definitely makes me want to give it a go sooner! Fab review Brandi!

  12. I still haven't picked up this series, but it has been on my radar for awhile! Great review!

  13. I'm so happy to hear this series ended in a way that was satisfying to you, Brandi. I haven't started it yet but I'm looking forward to it. :)

  14. I'm happy you enjoyed this one! I also felt the beginning was a bit slow, but by the halfway point things really did start picking up. I was really thrown by the new POV Richards introduced; it was quite shocking when I figured out who that really was. But I liked that twist. :)

    Great review!

  15. I'm glad this gave you an ending that was worthy of the series, and a brave one too! Lovely review!


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