dimanche 3 février 2013

Omega ( Penton Legacy 3) by Susannah Sandlin [ english Review]

Hello to all!!

 Today is really a good day! First only one day left before the release of Omega, third book of the Penton Legacy trilogy  which i already told you i really love. You can see my review of the precedent books if you haven't already  Redemption ( book1) and Absolution ( book2)

But even better we have just learned that while it's the last book of the initial trilogy the probabilities are high that it won't be the end of the series! Sussanah Sandlin has announced that she was thinking of writing something ( what we will need to wait a little more to know) to close the loose ends still existing after Omega.  I can't tell you how happy i'm because as you will see that's what i pointed in my reviews, written a few days ago, as elements that bugged me a little after this fabulous reads So yes! Susannah is even better in my opinion that she was a few days ago.

To be kept updated and to discover even more good news i encourage you to visit her blog and to follow the omega blog tour, you could even win big!

 Now without waiting, here is my opinion on Omega! Enjoy!

Publisher:  Montlake Romance
Publication: 2013
ISBN:  161218359X
Genre: paranormal romance, vampires
Violence: strong

Language: normal
sex: strong
Public: 18+
Source: e-arc received in exchange for an honest review

Short description from goodreads :

 The bloody war between the Vampire Tribunal and the defiant scathe of Penton, Alabama, rages on, forcing its residents and their bonded humans to retreat into the underground fortress of last resort: Omega. There, Will Ludlam is charged with the care of Penton’s humans, though he longs to fight alongside his vampire brethren. He knows the risks: as the renegade son of the Tribunal’s vicious leader, Will’s capture could doom the resistance. Yet he is determined to prove his worth to his adopted scathe, to his vengeful father—and to former US Army officer Randa Thomas, his beautiful, reluctant partner. Randa has little faith that a former member of the vampire elite has what it takes to fight a war. But as their enemies descend upon Omega, Will’s polished charm—and Randa’s guarded heart—finally give way to the warrior within. Fans of Susannah Sandlin’s Penton Legacy are sure to devour this long-awaited third installment of the steamy paranormal series.

My opinion:
          I’ve waited so long for this book that I was anxious to start it in good condition. The last book of a series is always special… we want to have a conclusion and in the same time we don’t want to leave characters we have come to enjoy a lot. It can either make of a good series a wonder, either crash all the authors’ efforts put in it. Omega is keeping his promises really well and gives us a wonderful insight on Will’s personality.

 Before in Redemption Will was the one who kept the ambience light, making fun, laughing, playing video game but still a real member of Penton Scathe. Later in Absolution, we got to see how he was also the strategist and the mind of Penton, always thinking ahead and supporting Aidan more ways than that was under the light; and a good fighter when needed.
Omega shows us Will in all his complexity with the explanations from his past – though I would have loved to have more details how he met Aidan- and glimpses of his future opportunities. Will is full of potential like the readers could have guessed from the precedent instalments of the story but there is so much more he is unaware of. Under his cool boy façade is a young man who lacks confidence in himself, who fights to prove his worth and thinks that for that he must keep his weaknesses hidden. He is underestimating himself as a result of years of insults and recriminations, to cover how deeply he is hurt emotionally he hides under his façade.
Randa is a new lieutenant of Aidan and the most recently transformed, coming from a military family where she was the only girl surrounded by brothers she has learned to be though and that hasn’t changed when she became, against her will, a vampire. But it’s mostly a mask too to keep people at distance. At first, she judges Will only on his looks and doesn’t give him a chance but circumstances will force them to open to each other and she will be really surprised as well as be surprising.
Aidan did pick his lieutenants really well^^; .

I was also really happy to see Hannah learning more about her powers and staying a child, I think she found a great playmate in Barnabas ^^; and perhaps a new father ‘s figures but that’s to be seen if we get more books. Mirren and Glory as well as Aidan and Krys are still perfectly in character and it’s a pleasure to keep this stability along the story. Now we also get new characters like Cage and Edward…. Cage is a former psychiatrist and it’s needed in omega as well as a bonus to form strategy. He is Edward’s emissary and loyal to Aidan.  He is a great addition and I loved to see how he loved and was loyal to Penton first, yes he plan to try to export the idea but the city counts a lot for him. I liked how he was responsible enough to give Mark a chance even if he was really interested (though as a psychiatrist he should think about the saviour syndrome and takes a step back to analyse what part of his feeling are real and which one is due to the circumstances) To be honest that part of the things that bothered me a little, but mostly because of his profession, and I was terrified to have guessed what Matthias did… I don’t want to uncover anything to let you the pleasure to find out but the fact I understood so well his mind as to guess his next move *brrr * terrifying Susannah made it possible by describing him so well in the precedents books and by the description of the final scene in Absolution but still ^^;; I was surprised to right on my assumption. (Perhaps I’m watching Criminals minds a little too much too^^;;)

Omega is really well written with the focus put on the characters’ psychology thanks to Cage input but not only. Secrets are revealed and we can see a side we don’t often get to see from the heads of Penton. I’m glad they were alone. It’s really perfect, since it’s true: living in Omega and under pressure must have an impact on everyone vampire or not. The intrigues thicken, allegiances are revealed, alliances are created and new perspectives are opened. Not a minute to get bored!
 The action is strong and fast paced, with some moment to take our breath and reflect on what we are learning and the romance is  burning  after hesitations, and so many risks the sparks left place to a real inferno^^;; who would have guessed the seductive power of the military undergarments.

Really it’s a good book, if I don’t give it a 5/5 it’s  only because personally I didn’t bonded well with  Cage’s attraction (only a little) but more because of the ending. Susannah did it well in the sense that the main plot and secondary one have found their conclusion, nothing is amiss but in the same time she let the door open so future books to be added to this universe so we could be happy if it’s the case and not feeling like we are missing something if the publisher don’t contract for more. However, with my personality I would have loved to see more of what happen next, would Mirren take his ex job back only a last time just for pleasure? Since there was some corruption is there no risk at all with the situation?

I would recommend this book without a doubt for those above 18, it’s really a wonderful paranormal romance one you will enjoy more if you read the books in order. Still, I think it’s better if I inform you that there are mentions of rape, child abuse and some torture.

Score:  4,5/5

Disclaimer: Source: a copy in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

 To have more info about the tour ( it last until february 28th) or the series check Susannah's Blog

Don't hesitate to pre order / order Omega !  You can buy it on  amazon or on  Bookdepository


What do you think of open ending? Do you like them or do you prefer the see all looses end fixed?

16 commentaires:

  1. Miki,

    Thanks for the review. Enjoyed it very much. My copy of Omega will be at my house tomorrow. Getting really excited now. I think the open endings are just fine. If an author has a chance to continue a series based on sales, the open ending is a must. Even if the series doesn't continue, short stories on the internet become a possibility for more reading.

    1. Hi Roger,
      i'm really happy you enjoyed this review. I hope your copy will be there on time^^. Short stories are great but only done by authors who think about their readers, thankfully susannah is one of those excellent and accessible author ^^ ( lucky us)

      but don't worry, in this case a added novella or book will be a great bonus but not a necessity ( excpet perhaps for fans like us who want more^^)

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  3. I loved this book and loved this series. I really hope it continues. Cage? Really, I have to know what happens with him and...I also have to know what the future is for the Penton crew. Great review!

    1. From what we have learned, the novella or books will take care of that.

      the serials that is also announced will be in teh same world but not with vampires so i don't know what to expect^^

  4. Great review. Good to hear there will be more books.

    1. t least one novella or book yes for more we would need to make a great impression on the publisher!

  5. I enjoyed your review. I don't mind open endings if it allows the author to develop secondary characters or create a spin off series. I do prefer that the main story arc have some resolution. Looking forward to Omega!

    1. Thank you!
      You wouldn't be disappointed with Omega at all^^, the authors really did things well

  6. Thanks for introducing a new author to me. Even though I have not read the first 2 books this one sounds really interesting. I like that there are so many strong characters with their own unique personalities.

    Open endings....depends on the book I guess. There are some that I wish had open endings because I want them to be continued or have spin-offs. Some, I just want closure.

    Thanks for the great review too!

    1. Thank you Abby ^^, this book can be read as a standalone but i would recommend you to start by book 1, it's really a good way to see Will evolution ^^ i become more attached to him after each book^^

      and yes those characters have strong personality...it's even an euphemism with them^^

    2. I think it is always best to start at the beginning so we can grow with the characters. I find it is always best as we'll know them better

  7. Will sounds like a great main character, and glad this one was good.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

    1. Hi Brandi, yes will is a great main character i wasn't expecting so much of him when i met in in book 1 Redemption^^;; he really grew into a man

  8. Oh it sounds like an exciting series Miki. I'm so happy for you that there will be more to it! That's always such a nice thing to find out. I'll have to get a copy of the first book and give it a read :)

    Hope you're having a great night :)


    1. Hi anna!

      It's always a good news for a fan yes^^ and
      maybe you will be lucky ^^ commenting enter you for an opportunity to win a book and you could pick book1 if you wish so^^
      good luck