Review: Golden by Melissa de la Cruz

, by Kt Clapsadl

Golden by Melissa de la Cruz
Heart of Dread #3

Recast the spell. Light the flame. Make the world anew.

With the ruins of New Kandy still smoldering around them and Nat’s bond to her beloved drakon quickly fraying, Nat and Wes are lost amid a sea of destruction—with Wes at death’s door. Wes tried to save his sister, Eliza, and protect them from her cruelty, only to see firsthand just how dark her power had become.

Desperate to escape the dangers lurking in New Kandy, Wes accepts help from a mysterious voice calling out to him from the Blue, leading Nat and his crew into even more perilous surroundings. They quickly realize that their only chance for survival lies with Nat and the quest for a new world to replace their broken one—but at what cost?

In this epic conclusion to the Heart of Dread trilogy, Nat and Wes must put their love to the ultimate test in hopes of seeing their world reborn.

Golden continued and finished the long journey started back in Frozen. While it was enjoyable, unfortunately just like in the first two books, I felt rather disjointed from the story and characters. There was plenty going on and really high stakes/intense scenes, and yet I felt held apart. There was a lot of telling rather than showing throughout and I felt some of the shocking events were just glossed over too quickly. I had hoped things would pick up and I would grow more attached. But even after reading the last two books back to back, I just didn't feel very invested in the outcome. Don't get me wrong, the plot was intriguing enough that I wanted to know how everything turned out. It just wasn't emotionally invested, only curious. It just a shame as I felt like there was so much unrealized potential here, but perhaps it's just me and my tastes and others will be sucked right in.

Disjointed issues aside, I enjoyed seeing the progression of the characters in this series, as well as the romance. Nat and Wes both grew a lot and learned what it really meant to sacrifice and fight for what they believe in. They came a long way from the start, and when you combine that with the very unique and interesting world, it made for an enjoyable read overall.

Fans of the series will be happy with the final book in the Heart of Dread series as GOLDEN is an action packed read from start to finish with an enjoyable conclusion. If it weren't for the disconnect, I'd have rated this one excellent, but in the end it was an overall decent read. 

(Received a copy from the publisher)


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     1. Frozen
     2. Stolen

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