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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Review: Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole

Title: Wicked Abyss
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #18
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Release Date: April 25th, 2017
Length: Novel (464 pages/13.1 hours)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Library
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars

Melissa's Review:

Wicked Abyss is book 18 in the Immortals After Dark series. I adore this series and couldn't wait to get my hands on this installment when I heard it was inspired by Beauty and the Beast. Add in fairytale retellings to a book and I need it. Kresley Cole books are always on my must get as soon as possible so I was happy to see my library got the audiobook for this one in!

Princess Calliope Barbot (aka Lila) was cast out by the fey and working at Disney in the human world when she gets approached by Nix and asked to spy on the hell king, Abyssian Infernas. With no real say in the matter, Lila winds up getting kidnapped and deposited into the hands of Abyssian (aka Sian) before she knows what is going on. While yes, they are mates, Sian is carrying a huge grudge against Lila for something she did in a previous life to him so this isn't exactly a good thing. I was kind of worried he wouldn't be able to get past the betrayal since quite a bit of the book he enjoyed tormenting her and being cruel. I could see the parallels to Beauty and the Beast, and while I'm glad KCole made the story her own, I wasn't a huge fan of Sian and his actions. Lila had so much going against her I felt bad for her a good portion of the novel. I was curious to see if/how they'd be able to put the past behind them and if they would be able to enjoy their mate-hood.

After reading these for so long, we're at book 18 now folks, I do have to notice a trend in some of the books in this series. What I'm talking about in several of the novels is the leading lady will get captured and held prisoner by the love interest who doesn't exactly treat her wonderful, yet they grow closer as each page turns and he gets nicer then they wind up falling in love. I'm not a huge fan of the repeat plots but I haven't really been bothered by it too much since the characters, settings and the character's history are quite different. Another thing I noticed and really missed were all the characters we normally see in a slightly bigger role that were basically MIA this installment. I love Nix and the Valkyries and was sad to see them not play a larger part. All in all though, this installment was good and if you're a fan of Paranormal Romance and/or love previous books in this series you'll enjoy this book.

16 comments:

  1. I felt very similar to you about this series. I love it. I love the characters and the banter. I did miss the Valkyries in this one. I do love Robert Petkoff's narration.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Glad I wasn't the only one missing them, I love when they're in it! And yessssssss Robert Petkoff does such a great job in his narrations

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  2. I have only read a couple books in the series so far so I haven't seen any repetitiveness. Sucks that there seems to be a reoccurring theme with the romances.

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    1. I'm noticing it more and more as the books go on, even with her contemporary series the guy will kidnap the girl and be a dick then get nicer. I still love her writing though so it's okay haha

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  3. That was another life man, get over it

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    1. Right? He made me want to shake him *nods*

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  4. The author's name sounds familiar. Well, if this is book 18...

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    1. I've reviewed some of her other books that might be why :)

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  5. Eighteen books and I have not started the series. I dislike recurring plots in a series after awhile it get's boring.

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    1. I started noticing it several books back so I think it's more in the later ones if that helps :)

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  6. I am not a big fan of repeat plots especially when its in the same series. I don't mind a kidnapping trope but it has to be done well. It sounds like it didn't work so well in this story. Although I have a weakness for beauty and beast retellings.

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    1. Didn't care for how he treated her, that's for sure!

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  7. Hrm. The last few have been hard for me either narrator or characters. So I haven't done this one. Maybe one day I'll get back to them. Sounds like it was a bit of a rough go.

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    1. I'd grab them from the library if you do *nods*

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  8. I've got this one on my kindle waiting for me. I am dying to get to it. It is disappointing that there won't be much of Nix and the Valkries. They are my favorite too!

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one!! I missed them this time, hope they play a much larger role in the next book :)

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