Sunday, March 30, 2014

GUEST REVIEW: THE LAST CALL (Hayle Coven, #20) by Patti Larsen




Title: The Last Call
Series: Hayle Coven, #20
Author: Patti Larsen
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: August, 2013
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Reviewed by: Ellen Fritz
Source: From author for review
Ellen’s rating: 5/5

SUMMARY

Syd is ready to have the freedom to pursue Ameline and avenge Liam’s loss. But being a mother is far more pacifying than she expected, and she finds it easy to get lost in her new baby. It turns out, Ameline is the least of her worries. How much pain can one heart take? Syd is about to find out...




REVIEW

The Last Call, grand finale to the Hayle Coven series, brings the tale of Syd and the Hayle family to an exciting and highly satisfying conclusion. A birth, several deaths, a couple of executions, and a marriage or two combined with lots of nail-biting suspense and riveting action are some of the things you can expect to find in this novel.

Having read and reviewed all the books in this series, I want to start by pointing out the wonderful world building done throughout the series. The author skillfully and methodically builds a picture of the supernatural world. She never causes confusion by introducing too many new concepts in a single book. Thus, in this final book of the series, I could sit back and simply enjoy the story without having to concern myself with which plane is which or how travel between planes is accomplished.

As a character, Syd grew from a rebellious teen who hated magic to a woman who embraces her power and takes responsibility for her own actions, her loved ones, and the wellfare of the whole world when given the opportunity. With every new book the author added new characters until, in this final book, we have a large cast of beloved characters. Characters whom I'll be sad to say good-bye to.

Apart from the edge-of-my-chair moments in this book, I was, once again, on an emotional rollercoaster. From joy to sadness to laughing out loud, this brilliant page-turner has it all.

I would advise readers to get the previous nineteen books before reading The Last Call. For those who enjoyed the whole journey with the Hayle Family and Syd in particular I want to recommend this book as an absolute must-read. A standing ovation for a wonderful, exciting and heartwarming final book, and a brilliant series overall, by a highly gifted author.




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ABOUT the AUTHOR


My official bio reads like this: Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle grade and young adult author with a passion for the paranormal. But that sounds so freaking formal, doesn't it? I'm a storyteller who hears teenager's voices so loud I have to write them down. I love sports even though they don't love me. I've dabbled in everything from improv theater to film making and writing TV shows, singing in an all girl band to running my own hair salon.
But always, always, writing books calls me home.
I've had my sights set on world literary domination for a while now. Which means getting my books out there, to you, my darling readers. It's the coolest thing ever, this job of mine, being able to tell stories I love, only to see them all shiny and happy in your hands... thank you for reading.
As for the rest of it, I'm short (permanent), slightly round (changeable) and blonde (for ever and ever). I love to talk one on one about the deepest topics and can't seem to stop seeing the big picture. I happily live on Prince Edward Island, Canada, home to Anne of Green Gables and the most beautiful red beaches in the world, with my very patient husband and four massive cats.


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