Friday, October 11, 2013

Last Blood (House of Comarré #5) by Kristen Painter

Last Blood is the last book in the House of House of Comarré series. It was billed as the final showdown between forces of good and evil but never really delivered the epic that was promised. When we last left the star crossed Mal and Chrysabelle (a name I will be happy never to read again), Mal had lost is love for the comarré and had revered back into a monster.  For her part, Chrysabelle discovered that she was pregnant with Mal's child.

This series has always suffered from too many characters and it was the most obvious in this book.  The POV continually shifted between Tatiania/ Chrysabelle and Mal, Doc/Fi and Remo, the mayor who wanted Lilith back and of course the whole KM debacle.  There were times when I felt myself saying just get on with it already.

Mal was finally a monster again had a chance to commit some real havoc, instead he was drugged to the point that he was unable to do much of everything and Chrysabelle quickly saved him.  The mission was supposedly dangerous, but it took her no time at all. Mal was back to quickly moon over Chrsyabelle and vow his undying love for over and over again. It was sickeningly sweet and quickly became annoying. Why is it that readers constantly feel the need to introduce love to a vampire for the purposes of taming said vampire and make them emotionally wrought pain in the asses? It's boring.

I found that I could care less what happened to Creek and for much of the series didn't even really understand his purpose.  He seemed to exist to add extra pressure of Chrysabelle and to offer the reader the ability to revel in the woo woo of POC. He didn't even have an important role in this book, yet there he was carrying information back and forth.

In terms of Doc/Fi, you would think that the fact that she was accused of murdering Heaven would mean some serious trouble for her, but you would be wrong.  Fi took a little side trip with Chrysabelle and Doc quickly took things in hand.  Remo confessed so easily it was laughable and kind of reminded me from a scene on Perry Mason where the guilty party just blurts out the truth for no apparent reason. 

The only storyline worth paying attention to was Tatiana's and it was underwhelming. Tatiana for the last four books has been calculating even if she was needy.  In Last Blood, the ease at which she fell for Mal again and ate the apple was ridiculous.  This is a woman who worked her way the top of the food chain and schemed and lied to do so but when Mal tells her to take a bite of an apple she is more than happy to?  Nope, I'm not buying it.  Tatiana deserved a better ending than that, though I do believe it was genius to trap her in the garden of eden.

 Last Blood was really about tying up loose ends.  Everyone got a satisfying if predictable ending to their story.  Mal and Chrysabelle got to live happily ever after, Fi is established as Docs mate and Lilith ended up back with Preacher.  Even Creek managed to get away from KM so that he could restart his relationship with Chrsyabelle. It was all to neat and far too perfect.  Sometimes, it's a good thing not to give away all of the answers.