Self-Published by Kira Saito in July 2012|Pages: 491
Where I Got It: E-book|Nook Store
Series: Arelia LaRue #3
Genre: YA Paranormal
Summary: Down in New Orleans, Arelia LaRue’s once ordinary life has been transformed into something truly odd.
As she ventures further into the world of Les Mysteries she realizes that nothing is ever as simple as it appears.
Faced with challenges that threaten her very sanity, Arelia must decide if fighting for what is right is truly worth the risk.
This series really is unique. I can honestly say that I’ve never read anything like it.
I love Darkwood as a setting, and I love that it’s this plantation in New Orleans. I love seeing Arelia work with Les Mysteries, even though she tends to call on Ezrulie, and doesn’t tend to call on anyone else.
What’s really interesting about Possessed is that Arelia is possessed by Ivan/Louis, and he promises to leave her alone if she just leaves the plantation. She’s determined not to, and through her possession, we get more glimpses into what it was like to be a slave. I really like the connection between past and present, and how connected everything is. We definitely learn something new in every book, and in Possessed, we learn that Marie wasn’t the one behind the curse, and that Ivan and Lucas are brothers. Different mothers, of course, but I liked learning more about her past.
There was one thing that didn’t make sense: Jacques, Lucas’ dad, couldn’t afford to free Marie, but he could afford to buy her diamonds?
I did like it better than Punished, and mostly because of the history we get to see. It really made Possessed interesting. It wasn’t enough to make me really like it or even love it, but it’s still a fun series to read.
I’m still not liking the ending. They are cliffhanger-ish, but it also makes me feel like I’m reading installments of one story as opposed to reading a complete book. It’s not enough to make me stop reading, because right now, everything else is outweighing the ending.
The characters are, well, them. Considering the events of the 3 books have spanned the course of a month or so, it’s not terribly surprising that the characters aren’t changing as much as you’d expect, especially in the case of Ivan and Lucas, who have had decades and decades to hold grudges and feel bad for themselves and everything. Change isn’t going to happen overnight with them, especially with Ivan, who (seemingly) doesn’t want to change. Arelia is a different character than she was in Bound, and I have the feeling she’s going to be the one who goes through quite the transformation.
I like Possessed, and seeing history really added an interesting element. At this point, though, the endings and the feeling that I’m reading installments rather than a complete book is starting to get more irritating as I continue. It’s not enough to stop reading, because overall, I did like Possessed. In terms of history and the world that Saito’s created, it’s the one that’s most interesting- and why it’s my favorite in terms of history. Possessed gets 3 stars.