Book Review: Crest

Crest CoverBook: Crest by Emma Raveling

Published September 2013 by Mandorla Publishing|442 pages

Where I Got It: the nook store

Series: Ondine #3

Genre: YA Paranormal

You can find Ondine on goodreads & Emma Raveling on Twitter, Facebook & her website

Goodreads Summary: 

Illusion. Power. Identity.

Tensions are reaching a fever pitch everywhere Kendra Irisavie turns.

Darkness settles over elementals as a new threat stirs suspicions of a betrayal from within. Details of recent events spread through Haverleau, prompting doubts over Irisavie leadership. The mysterious Selkie Kingdom finally opens its doors, but the gesture only fans the flames of division. And despite the perils involved, Kendra finds it difficult to ignore the demands of her heart.

As the body count rises, pressure also grows to shift the tides of war. The sondaleur is on the hunt, but tracking the Aquidae leader is the greatest challenge she’s ever faced. With the Shadow playing a deadly game of obsession and horror, Kendra’s best chance to win is to unravel a tangled web of deception spanning back to the origins of the elemental world.

Nothing is what it seems and the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her pursuit for answers becomes.

When the unthinkable happens, Kendra must decide if survival is worth the sacrifice.

Conflicting loyalties, fierce passions, and irrevocable choices ignite in the electrifying third installment of the Ondine Quartet.

What I Thought:

I can’t believe the direction that Crest took!  I wasn’t expecting anything that happened in this book, and this series keeps getting better with every book that comes out.  I’m really looking forward to the next book, but at the same time, I don’t want it to end.

I was hoping for more time at the Ondine community that Kendra is staying at when the book starts, and to see what it’s really like.  I know there are a few novellas, so it’s possible that we see more of that community in at least one of them.  But I still wish we got to see an Ondine community besides Haverleau.  And I also liked seeing the Selkie kingdom, even though I didn’t really get a good sense of what it looked like.

There were so many twists and turns, and there’s a lot I didn’t see coming.

This is where it gets spoiler-y, because I have to talk about the end of the book- so this may be a good time to jump down to my rating for a general idea of what I thought.

So…the Shadow is clearly someone we know.  I have no clue who it could be, and it really could be anyone.  I wasn’t expecting the Shadow to have infiltrated Haverleau so well, but it’s honestly not that surprising. Julian, Gabe, Nexa and Jeeves were the first people who came to mind.  Julian, because he’s so damn mysterious (and also sort of an ass).  Gabe, because of everything that’s happened in Billow and Crest.  Nexa, because she’s Kendra’s mentor .  And Jeeves, because of his position in Haverleau’s government.  And for some reason, Rhian comes to mind, but I have no idea why. But I feel like they’re the obvious choices, which means it could be someone else.

Crest ended on such a cliffhanger, with Kendra and her friends realizing that the eyes of the Shadow were really familiar- and that’s all we get, so we’ll definitely learn who the Shadow is in Breaker.  I was definitely staring at my Nook, in disbelief over how it ended.  And I’m going to feel so stupid when we do learn who the Shadow is: it’s definitely going to make sense when we do get that piece of information.

Let’s Rate It:

I didn’t love Crest, but it’s such a great addition to the series, and I think it’s my favorite book in the series.  I’m so curious about how things are going to turn out, and I really like how much Kendra has changed since we first met her in Whirl.  Crest gets 4 stars.  

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