Thursday, December 19, 2013

*Review* Open Gates by D.T. Dylin ~A MUST READ TRILOGY~

Release Date:  December 19, 2013
Published By:  Dragonfairy Press
Genre: NA, Fantasy
Review Copy: Mobi, ARC from author


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Bryn is gone. Jenna isn’t herself. And the world has been taken over by the alien Riders. The only constant in P.J.’s life is Khol. But even he might not be able to help her pick up the shattered pieces of her existence.

P.J. finally gets the answers to all her questions, but will she be able to handle the truth? And will she be strong enough to face her own destiny when the time comes?

  How do you properly tell someone about the ending of something that has pulled you apart and attached you to the characters in a way that you want nothing more than everyone's happily ever after.  There are just no words to describe all of the things that this trilogy that has made me feel.  With every book I found my heart breaking, mending and then falling into a millions little pieces.  Dara has almost pulled me apart emotionally with some of the downs across these books but she also has given so much to love.  There is humour and wonderful moments that combat the moments that made me want to just throw my poor kindle.  I am having a hard time figuring out how to let the love shine through and not ruin everything for all of you because this is a trilogy that you need to pick up.

  The plot in this one had to keep up a steady pace in order to get through everything and have the depth needed to make it the awesome last book that it was.  We start the final leg of P.J.'s journey in turmoil.  Not just a little bit but more to the point that she was loosing herself.  Everything she knew is basically gone and what she has left is falling apart right before her eyes.  There are things that could help but typical P.J. style she resists it every step of the way.  However, when it becomes clear that she must step up or loose everything, she does rise to the occasion.  There is minimal fight with the Riders but the solution does take a bit to come across and from an unlikely source, that turns out to be more than anyone else knew.  Oh ya, there is a lot going on and let me say I have never been so attached to my kindle because I was worried what the next BIG thing was going to be.

  P.J. was as spectacular as ever.  I seriously love this girl for her devotion, emotion and strength to continue even when she does not want to.  Now more than ever this she has a shit storm circling her and honestly I was not sure how she was going to make it through any of it.  There were some points where I could not fathom P.J. having to go through one more thing and then she would have yet another choice to make, or another issue to get over.  However, she does make it through and she deals with the heart break and the loss but she does have to give up more than I would have ever imagined.  There has been some sort of a test of strength and person in each book but this one proved to be a consistent test of everything.  P.J. will probably be one of my favourite NA chicks because she just felt real from start to finish... minus the not being 100% human thing but I loved that about her as well.

  The romance...  What can I honestly say about it because my opinion changed so much from the start of the trilogy until now.  However, I cannot deny that it was better than ever but still harder than hell.  As I said nothing is easy for P.J. EVER.  So no matter how much you think the end of the last book would simplify this book, it's just not that easy.  Kohl officially won me over though.  Not to say that he did not do some douche bag moves and that's not saying that I myself did not want to smack him a couple of times but I realized now more than ever that his feelings for P.J. are true.  They are not for power or pure sexual drive (though that alone might have made him worth it), his feelings for her were genuine.  I think that Kohl grew on me so much because there was a lot done with his character in this book.  He still has massive jealousy issues but I can't blame him to a point because of all that he has been through.  IN the end though who could deny the chemistry of either boy and I really think that she made the right choice, that Dara placed the right two together.

  Admittedly I was a little upset with the ever talented Dara for how she ended Broken Gates and was not sure how she could ever fix it.  However, she not only managed to fix it but she had me routing  for the team that I had never played for.  This series was the start of my new adult obsession and remains at the top of the list!  There is not a dull moment and every book was over far too soon as far as I was concerned but Dara did right by her characters and picked the path that almost left me in tears and yet it was the only real choice.  If you love new adult and fantasy I can't recommend this one to you enough.  Heck, if you are just looking for something different that will blow your mind I would practically shove you to this one (but I try to be a less violent person...).  Though I am extremely sad to see this trilogy end, I believe that the ending was fitting and almost bitter-sweet in a way.  Now I need get my behind in gear and pick up more by this talented author because I will just flat out miss her writing!

  I knew Kohl would follow me regardless that he disagreed with what I was about to do.  I knew he would follow me anywhere.  I was his queen and the woman he loved, and I wanted to be neither of those things.  Sucks for him.

  Kohl's large hands squeezed my thighs briefly before he slid up the length of my body.  "As you wish."  He murmured with a sly smile.
  Huh? Wait.  What?  And who did he think he was, Wesley from The Princess Bride or something?

Which was actually my last coherent thought.  Why do I keep being the stupid girl who loses consciousness all the time?

  "Everything's just so complicated, Jenna."  I started, but she most certainly didn't let me finish.
  "Well duh, life is complicated, and you're always so angsty and overly dramatic.  Watching you and your love life is like getting to see the real life version of a soap opera."

My chest bloomed with warmth as I confessed my feeling for him again.  "I want to show you how much again."  God, I was like a friggin' cat in heat.

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