Helllllo readers, fantastic book from me today! Really exciting book review for a fantastic author and friend actually who I have been collaborating with from the beginning. She’s a fantastic author, and has been forever a supporter of this little blog so it’s a really privilege to be reviewing her new book today.
‘I wore my guilt like a coat, but it was one I was used to wearing – old and worn and shabby, and it fitted me perfectly.’
They’re finished, aren’t they? Mesmeris. But what if they’re not? How far will you go to protect the people you love?
Pearl has moved on with her life. She has a home, a job, a wonderful friend in Spicer, and a beautiful child – everything anyone could want. If only she could stop loving Art.
So, what is Wormwood about? Well Wormwood is the third in the Mesmeris Trilogy and oh my life have I been waiting for this. Book one Mesmeris introduced us to the dark, dank world in this dystopian nightmare, the second book (Infixion) really pulled in a number of new exciting characters that helped to bulk the story and give it depth, and the third, well IT’S GOING TO TURN IT ALL ON ITS HEAD. Following on from Infixion Pearl is trying desperately to move on with her life; she has everything she could have ever wanted; a job, a house and a lovely friend called Spicer but her old life is starting to make an appearance and Mesmeris is still at large. Can Pearl distance herself from her old life? Only time will tell.
So what did I think? The first thing I want to say was that it’s incredible how Coles has managed to keep the suspense throughout all three books. Her writing is not filled only with impact, but it’s engaging, wonderfully captivating and it tells a story. The whole story. I’ve read too many dystopian style stories that only look at the surface. They don’t delve into the bottom of characters but this does. Coles is fantastic at creating a web. A story that has multiple strands that keeps the reader engrossed.
All the characters are fantastically written Pearl especially. The main character needs to stand strong throughout the story and I’m not going to lie Pearl is not only a pillar for the tale but she is relatable and warm. She’s a nugget of gold in this story. I also adored that we got to delve into Art’s personality and understand more, I also adored Spicer. He’s just bloody fantastic.
In terms of the story, I adored the ability to delve into the perspective introduced through Wormwood allowing us as the reader to learn more about the ominous cult leader Papa. We’ve had whispers but we really get to look into Papa’s back story. Not only does it give us a completely new perspective but we get to delve more into the dark side that Spicer and Pearl are desperately trying to fight against. The ending? Well I’m not going to go into it, because that would just spoil it but the story goes out with a little bit of a bang. I’ve adored these books from the beginning and it’s certainly not one I’m going to forget for a long time.
Overall this is a fantastic book filled with light and dark, good and darkness. It’s got a fantastic set of rich, warm and enticing characters and Cole’s writing really flourishes through this final book.I feel that Cole really met her stride here – it’s not that she didn’t deliver before, no. But here I feel that she finally felt comfortable to really round out the story, push the characters to their limits and really explore her writing. It’s just bloody fantastic.
I’m going to stop here because I could go on, and on and on and on. GO pick up this book and the rest of the trilogy if you haven’t already. It’s fantastic.