Will love conquer all?
Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank’s absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels – destroying Patch.
Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.
But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.
As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.
Like I said before, this serie and the story each book tells are a bit of a roller coaster.
I had a huge high while reading Hush, Hush. Then it went a bit downward with Crescendo that I found very dark and where Nora was a bit of a pain. The serie picked up again with Silence where I was able to reconcile with the Nora from book 1. And then there was Finale. And even though it is the continuity of the story started in Hush, Hush, this book was very different from the rest of the serie. Not necessarily in a bad way, but still very different.
Nora was very different in this book from the Nora we’ve come to know since book 1. As a matter of fact, the problems she had before don’t seem so big compared to what she has to deal with in Finale.
“I personally believe Patch scared the pants off normal, and it took off running for the far side of the world. (…) I wouldn’t know normal if it marched up and poked me in the eye.”
This book we start in the thick of the story. Hank is gone, Nora is in charge of his army, has to lead it to war against the fallen angels and cannot go back on her promise since if she does, she will die as well as her mother and let’s not forget that now that she is a Nephilim, she basically is archenemy with her boyfriend Patch who is a fallen angel. Yeah, it’s a lot to take in. And Nora is out of her depth, which is what everybody think in her army. If you though Hank was a problem, you have seen nothing yet.
“I have no intention of letting you go easily, something to keep in mind. I don’t care if it’s another man, your mother, or the powers of hell trying to pry us apart, I’m not easing up and I’m not saying good-bye.”
I found her character very brave and mature in this book even though she is not at all the Nora we know. Even though I had no problem with her change of personality while reading (it fit her character somehow), now that I think of it, it was a little too much of an evolution. So okay, she isn’t “human” anymore, has new crazy abilities that make her a new and improved version of herself, etc, the fact remains that in this book, Nora is quite the badass. She handles fights like never before without much help, all of a sudden she takes charge and decides what her and Patch need to do (when usually it’s the other way around), etc.
One thing that annoyed me is that once again, she started to keep secrets from Patch, and she made a lot of bad decisions without ever telling him about the mess she got herself into when they are supposed to be a team. I felt like that in book 2 and it was something that irritated me. A lot. And it did again here, even though you know things will get better.
I really liked the unraveling of the story. I usually do in Becca Fitzpatrick’s books. You never really know what is going to happen next and you are always surprised. This is something I appreciate a lot about her writing. Whatever guess you make while reading, you cannot possibly figure out what is going to happen in the end. And once again, the plot gets thicker and thicker as you read. In book three, most of the questions you have about the story get answered and in a way, a new plot starts in Finale.
It is a very emotional read and it will wreck havoc your nerves. I felt drained by the end of the book, like physically exhausted. I was so tense while reading and at some point, I felt like Nora and Patch’s cause was hopeless. It really feels like the ground is falling under their feet sometimes. But it is what keeps you turning the page. Once again, I was grabbed by the story from the start and even though I had to take a nap after reading this book, I loved every minute it. Even the parts where Nora was being stupid.
“If I could make this go away, I would. If I could stand in your place, I wouldn’t hesitate. But I’m left with one choice, and that’s to stand by your side through the end. I won’t waver, Angel, I can promise you that.”
Nora and Patch’s relationship is at it’s strongest in this book. Yes, she keeps some things secret from him and doubts him at times but she is not really herself when she does. Patch is very dedicated to her and will stop at nothing to protect her. I really liked the ending of their story. I would have liked to see more of Patch in this book though. I know it was focused on Nora but Patch has always been my favorite character of the serie. Still, my pulse raced more than once when he was involved and he still made me smile.
“I want to wake up with you every morning and fall asleep beside you each night,” Patch told me gravely. “I want to take care of you, cherish you, and love you in a way no other man ever could. I want to spoil you — every kiss, every touch, every thought, they all belong to you. I’ll make you happy. Every day, I’ll make you happy.”
“Every time you strip my sword, I owe you a kiss. How’s that sound?” I bit my lip to keep from giggling. “That sounds really dirty.” Patch waggled his brows. “Look whose mind just rolled into the gutter.”
There are a lot of unexpected revelations in this book about many characters (Vee, Detective Basso, etc) and at some point I just couldn’t believe the stuff that happened to some of them. I wish we had more of Vee in this last book since she has been there all along and really steps up in this book. I felt heartbroken because of some of the stuff she goes through. But the epilogue treats her well.
We meet new characters as well (Dante, fallen angels and archangels) and we get to see some old ones such as Scott, who I felt deeply for in this book. He really stood out and I came to really love his character, in this book especially. Dabria makes some annoying appearances again as well as Marcie who well stays true to herself.
I would have liked a little more romance in this book but then it didn’t bother me that much either because the rest of the plot was pretty full in itself and had a healthy dose of twists. And even though the romance was lighter in this book, it was still a deeply emotional story that made me go though the all the level of the emotion scale. I felt sad, happy, betrayed, scared, devastated, relived, shocked, etc…
“Kiss me in a way I’ll never forget. Kiss me in a way that will stay with me until see you again”
All in all, even though Hush, Hush stays my favorite book of the serie, I think Finale was a great book and was a nice conclusion to the story. Becca Fitzpatrick is a remarkable author who is able to pull you into her world with the snap of a finger. I really enjoyed reading her story even though my reading style has changed throughout the serie. I would recommend her books to any YA paranormal romance lovers out there.
This is the end of a good story in which I met nice characters that I enjoyed following and reading about. I’m a little sad that the serie is over because it is part of my past but I think this book was a good end to the serie and I don’t feel like another book was needed.
“You broke my suffering. You’ve given me a new eternity. Be my girl, Nora. Be my everything.”
“I loved him in a way I’d never be able to express in words. He was part of me. And I was part of him. Tethered together for the rest of eternity.”