Betrayals In Spring (The Last Year Series, Book 3)
by Trisha Leigh
I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is, if you haven’t read the other books in this series you’re going to want to skip this post for fear of spoilers. The good news is, if you haven’t read the other books in this series, the first one is FREE for kindle today so go download it and get started asap.
I picked up this series because I saw Whispers In Autumn for free on my kindle and as soon as I finished I promptly bought the sequel. Then, as I sat in eager anticipation of Betrayals In Spring, I signed up for the author’s newsletter so that I could read the bonus scenes she writes from different character perspectives. And then I followed her facebook page so I’d be the first to know when the next book came out. I’m nothing if not thorough. And slightly obsessive compulsive.
So when I saw her ask if anyone wanted an advance copy of the book to review I was all “PICK ME RATNAO!” And then I read the whole thing in one sitting.
Here is an excerpt from the book description
After being left alone last season with only his Element father for company, Lucas has started to question whether their rightful place isn’t with the strange alien race as opposed to humanity. When an emergency forces Lucas to aid the Others so they can remain on Earth, Althea worries that she’s lost him once and for all.
Even if she can convince Lucas their side is the right one, the Prime Other holds Deshi captive and shrouds any knowledge about their fourth in clouds of secrecy. What they discover deep underground is a roadblock they didn’t expect – and one that could steal their last hope of saving humanity.
I was a bit nervous going in because I feel as though the third book in any series is always the weakest because it has to do a lot of work to move the plot forward towards the conclusion. And while I definitely liked books one and two the most, Betrayals In Spring does a great job of being the middle child of the series. What I didn’t like? I think it’s geographically a bit hard to follow. They move around a lot. Although this *might* have something to do with my complete lack of geographical knowledge and the fact that I am nearly thirty and still can’t read a map.
But that’s my only nit-pick. All of the reviews I’ve seen so far have been four to five stars and I am quick to agree. One of my favorite things about it is that while there is a bit of a love triangle (it IS a YA novel) it is swiftly resolved here. There is no “I love the vampire! No! I love the werewolf! Oh noes, I love them both!” like we’ve seen in other novels that I won’t name. You know the ones.
I also like that the love story stays a sub-plot. They have a big mission to save the world from the Others and that storyline stays central throughout the book. I loved learning more about the characters of Greer and Griffin. There are a lot of good reveals in this book, such as what happens to the Broken – something I was really glad to see addressed. And the twist concerning Deshi was something that I didn’t see coming. I love it when I am surprised by a book (because honestly, I read so much that it’s hard to surprise me) and I am even more anxious for the final book of the series because of it.
Trisha Leigh is a good writer. I love finishing a book and thinking “THAT was well written.” Her dialogue is good, her character development is good, her research is on point and the story she tells is captivating. I’ll be a bit sad when this series ends, because I really love these characters.