Early Review: Under the Final Moon by Hannah Jayne
Under the Final Moon by Hannah Jayne
Underworld Detection Agency #6
It's not the end of the world--until it is. Sophie Lawson may be a mere human with no special abilities except a strong immunity to magic. But the havoc she's wreaked on the supernaturals who come up against the Underworld Detection Agency have earned her plenty of enemies. Still, a girl can't freak out every time a horribly barbecued corpse is found with her business card in its hand. Or see a sudden glut of earthquakes, wildfires and three-headed dogs as just another day in California. But Alex Grace, her favorite fallen angel, is concerned--or saying he is to see more of her. Getting Sophie to see all the signs of the Apocalypse is an interesting way to heat things up. Or maybe what's making everyone hot under the collar is the fact that all Hell is about to break loose. . .
Series ending books are tough nuts for me as more often than not they leave me feeling disappointed, especially in the longer running series like this one. There's all this build up over several books and then for the ending to not live up to that build? It's frustrating, and that's the perfect description for UNDER THE FINAL MOON. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this was a terrible book, it's just definitely not what I was hoping for. In fact, it almost feels as if there were originally supposed to be more books, but things got cut short and everything had to be jammed into this installment. Granted, I'm just speculating on that here, and I could even be wrong that this is Sophie's last book, but all signs point to that, which is a shame.
The biggest thing that bothered me about this book was that everything was so very rushed and there was no real resolution. Well, let me rephrase that, there was plenty of resolution, but it was in word only. Things would be happening throughout the book, and then all of a sudden bam! it's resolved leaving me turning back the pages to see what I missed. It almost like there was parts missing between the events and the resolution, and that just didn't work for me. Between the issues with her parentage, her being the Vessel, the love triangle, and several plot holes throughout, I was left scratching my head for most of this book. Then once all of the resolutions came through and felt hollow, I was left more than a bit disappointed. Perhaps this will appeal to die hard fans of the series more than it did me, but after reading all six books, and enjoying some more than others, to end with this one was unfortunately just a let down.