Monday, December 15, 2014

A Secret to Die For by Sierra Dean [Review]

A Secret to Die For by Sieraa Dean
A Secret to Die For (Secret McQueen #8) by Sierra Dean
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: October 15, 2014

Secret McQueen
0.5. The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters
1. Something Secret This Way Comes
2. A Bloody Good Secret
2.5. Secret Santa
3. Deep Dark Secret
4. Keeping Secret
5. Grave Secret
6. Secret Unleashed
7. Cold Hard Secret
8. A Secret to Die For - Kindle

Sierra Dean
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
No one is safe.

Secret McQueen thought she’d seen it all, but that was before she, Desmond and Holden came home to find New York City burning and the streets overwhelmed with the walking dead. Now, in a race against time, she must find out who is responsible for unleashing hell on Earth.

For that, she’s going to need a whole new team of vampire wardens to help round up the perpetrators, who turn out to be a gang that makes Sons of Anarchy look like toddlers on tricycles.

Her quest across the city brings old friends and enemies out of the woodwork and reminds Secret once and for all why mercy and forgiveness are not always prudent. Lives will be lost, sacrifices will be made, and when the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same again.

With no time to mourn her losses, the only question remaining is if Secret can survive long enough to stop the apocalypse…or if this is the one challenge that will finally drown her in rivers of undead blood.

Warning: The final book in the Secret McQueen series has it all: hot kisses, unexpected guests, and enough tear-jerking moments to require a whole box of tissues. You’ve been warned.
Thoughts on A Secret to Die For: As the final book in the Secret McQueen series, I put off reading this one. Not because I didn't think Sierra Dean could deliver, but because I was loathe to have Secret's journey come to an end. I didn't want to say goodbye. Secret's ten types of screwy and her first response to most anything involves violence and I totally appreciate that.

(Also, I was terrified her stable of men would all meet terrible, terrible deaths and I didn't think my heart could handle that. But that's another story for another day.)

(Also also, I'm going to keep much of this review intentionally vague. Because the final book in a series should be savored. Much like when you defeat your arch-nemesis and then go party like it's 1999 in celebration and have to deal with a hangover the next day the likes of which the world has never known. Wait. That's a terrible analogy. Ignore it.)

Here's what I will say: As a long time fan, I'm pleased and otherwise thrilled with the way Secret's story played out. Secret has always jumped into situations that looked hopeless simply because it was the right thing to do. Despite everything she'd gone through, that part of her never changed. She might have grown a little more wary over the course of the books, but when she sees something that needs to be done, she does it. No matter the personal cost to her.

Her journey was bloody and painful at times and it worked for the type of person she was. She had more allies than she knew and this final book proves it. I'm sorry to say goodbye to this series, but pleased to know we haven't seen the end of this world.

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