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Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2011
I'm not going to get into spoilers or anything like that. The Wicked Lovely series has been one of my favorites for years. After finishing each book, I couldn't wait for the next. I've re-read Wicked Lovely and Fragile Eternity multiple times and Ink Exchange and Radiant Shadows twice. I've also read Stopping Time and Old Habits. After delving into this world so often, I had certain high hopes for the conclusion of the series. I was let down. In a huge way. Maybe I was expecting too much, but I really don't think that's the case. While much of the book is very well written and somewhat enjoyable, characters who were made out to be important fell to the wayside. Others acted completely different than they had previously. One so much so that I actually thought, "What was the point of all this to begin with?!" After a certain point in the book, it was extremely hard to continue reading. I feel that Melissa Marr copped out big time. Some authors really don't hold anything back when ending a series-J.K. Rowling comes to mind. Marr definitely took the easy way out. While, yes, there were sad moments, they were nothing compared to what it was made out to be. Everything ended a little too perfectly and life isn't supposed to have a pretty ribbon wrapped around it. I was very disappointed with the end relationships and well, the ending in general. Honestly, I'm pretending most of Darkest Mercy didn't happen and am currently sticking with how I wanted it to end in my mind. This book fell short. Once I was done reading I felt cheated. Others may enjoy a perfect ending, but I guess it's just not for me. Not with a series that had so much potential.