I wasn’t originally sure that I wanted to read this spin-off series. I loved the characters in the Vampire Academy series, and I knew that Bloodlines was moving on to different points of view. While I liked those characters well enough when they came up earlier, I wasn’t at all sure that I liked them enough to read stories written from their point of view. But a friend convinced me that the other characters would still play important roles in the series, so I thought I’d give it a try.
I really loved this book as a conclusion to the series. Instead of getting almost all-new characters again, there’s a mix of “old” (known) and “new” (previously unseen) characters in The Dark and Hollow Places. I liked getting to see the personalities of Gabry, Catcher, and Elias get fleshed out, while at the same time getting to know a new character as complex and interesting as Annah.
A long time ago, when I was in high school, I had a bit of an obsession with Greek mythology and ancient Greece in general. I’m not really sure where it came from originally, but it was helped along in large part due to – don’t laugh – the television series Hercules and, later, Xena: Warrior Princess. Yes, really. For quite a while, I read or watched anything I could get my hands on that dealt with Greece, and then in my first year of university, I moved on without a second’s thought and never looked back.
In this book, Sabine and Kaylee manage to start working together, which was a nice change. It allowed their relationship to move forward, and for the conflict to move on a bit from their love triangle (though still keeping it just close enough at hand to revive it if needed). It allowed for a neat little balancing act between the three of them that kept emotions high throughout the book.
Time to introduce the love triangle.
I mean, it had to be coming, right? What YA series these days is complete without some kind of love triangle? Usually, I find this device rather annoying. It’s just an attempt to try to force some activity or suspense into the book. But in the case of My Soul to Steal, I think it’s actually done well.