Title: Iniquitous (The Marked, #3)
Author: Bianca Scardoni
Publish Date: April 5, 2017
# of Pages: 418
(From Goodreads) The end came at me jagged and skewed like puzzle pieces to a game I didn’t know I was playing. There was a distinct method to the madness, every move propagated to force my hand, to lure me out of hiding with the sweet promise of finality. I took solace in knowing that something better waited for me on the other side, something as pure and deep as the ocean itself.
But there was no end in sight.
No peace to be found.
The end was only the beginning.
Rating (1-10, 10 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 6
Pace – 9
Plot Development – 6
Ending – 7
Characters – 5
Enjoyability – 6
Insightfulness – 4
Ease of Reading – 10
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Iniquitous by Bianca Scardoni is the third book in The Marked series. This book picks up immediately where Invidious left off and continues Jemma’s story.
This book was an entertaining quick read. If books were food, this book would be dessert–a light read, nothing too serious, but an enjoyable experience.
The quality of writing in this book was average. The writing is simple, but the author did a great job of staying away from redundant analogies and cliches.
The pace of the book was quick! It’s a very fast-paced book with lots of action. It’s a keep-you-up-at-night book, because you want to find out what happens next.
The plot development of the book was okay. One thing I wish the author would have done was summarize the last two books within the book. It’s been so long since I read the first two books that I was having a hard time remembering all the details. I felt like I was constantly behind. The plot itself was okay. This book mostly focused on Jemma’s struggle with Engel and the three Dark Casters Engel hires.
The ending of the book was pretty good, if you like cliffhangers (and I do!) I honestly thought this series was a trilogy, so the cliffhanger caught me off guard! I hope the next (and last) book comes out soon so I can finish the series.
The character development in the book was just okay. The more the book progressed, the more I hated Trace, Jemma’s love interest. I cannot stand overbearing macho men, and he was absolutely ridiculous in this book. Jemma’s character doesn’t have a whole lot of depth in this book, which is disappointing since she’s the main character. Dominic, on the other hand, is awesome. He’s witty, compassionate, and intriguingly complex. If all the characters were as interesting as Dominic, I would have been much more impressed with the characters in this book.
This book wasn’t particularly insightful. I feel like most topics, including the Revenant (vampire) world are glossed over at a high level, so it was hard to get in deep. I never walked away with a good understanding of the world Jemma is living in.
That said, the book was still enjoyable and easy to read. It’s a light read that can be chewed through quickly. If you pick up this series, I would strongly encourage reading the books back to back to ensure you pick up all the details.
“Was it really so bad to lie if you were lying to protect the person you cared about?”
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