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A Secret to Die For: A disappointing end to the series!

A Secret to Die ForA Secret to Die For (Secret McQueen #8) by Sierra Dean
My rating: 4 out of 10 stars

Secret McQueen thought she’d seen it all, but that was before she, Desmond and Holden came home to find New York City burning and the streets overwhelmed with the walking dead. Now, in a race against time, she must find out who is responsible for unleashing hell on Earth.

For that, she’s going to need a whole new team of vampire wardens to help round up the perpetrators, who turn out to be a gang that makes Sons of Anarchy look like toddlers on tricycles.

Her quest across the city brings old friends and enemies out of the woodwork and reminds Secret once and for all why mercy and forgiveness are not always prudent. Lives will be lost, sacrifices will be made, and when the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same again.

With no time to mourn her losses, the only question remaining is if Secret can survive long enough to stop the apocalypse…or if this is the one challenge that will finally drown her in rivers of undead blood.

I think this was on of the most disappointing endings to a book series that I have read in a long time! I was so disappointed when having finished this book. Having followed the entire series through its ups and downs to be rewarded by this was really a WTF moment.

The first parts of the book is not bad. Actually the first 80% of the book is actually quite good even though it has its usual silly moments where Secret is behaving utterly amateurish like trying to sidestep her own plan on a whim because she is too eager, being frontally attacked in a narrow corridor while having a sword and still the attacker is not speared on it etc. etc. Not to mention Secret harping about her marriage needing to be nullified in the middle of a burning and zombie filled New York. Yeah right, great priorities.

Still, those are silly moments that we have gotten used to by this author. So are the slowdowns every so often for some “romantic moments”. On the whole though a good chunk of the book is not bad. Secret get to defend herself in front of the Vampire Council and Juan Carlos is not exactly getting what he wants. There are plenty of action, bickering between friends and general “bad-assery” from both Secret and her friends.

Then we come to the end. As I wrote, what an utter disappointment. All the time we have been hearing about Secret having a great destiny, we have been getting glimpses of her werewolf powers and so on. Every book I have read I have been hoping that some of this would manifest itself in Secret evolving and becoming something more, a really really bad-ass chick. Well’, as you might guess this is not to happen. Quite the contrary. Obviously I cannot even hint at what is happening in this crappy ending but for me the book was ruined. The worst ending I have read in a very very long time.

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