Title: Werewolf Descent (Amazon, Goodreads)
Author: Elizabeth J. Kolodziej (Amazon, Goodreads, Website)
Series: The Last Witch Series
Publisher: Third Broom on the Left Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Review copy provided by author
Last witch in the world, Faith Scott, and her Irish vampire boyfriend Trent have just come back from fighting for their lives to recover the Vampiric Blood gem and Werewolf Moon gem. Thinking they could finally relax and work on the romance growing between them, they now meet a mysterious psychic vampire named Vincent who has his heart set on being with Faith.
Soon bizarre killings of Zou Tai’s werewolf pack begin, with rumors of an alchemist possessing the famed philosophers stone being the assailant; which, causes Faith to turn to Vincent for help in figuring out why the werewolves are being murdered.
It isn’t long before all those around them test Trent and Faith’s love, along with their abilities, once again. It is all Trent can do to keep Faith safe by his side while both go up against a pissed off alchemist, deceptive gods, and having to rescue the werewolf prince; yet, after a deal with the God of Werewolves will Trent be able to save himself too?
An interesting sequel to Vampyre Kisses, but disappointing overall. The first book took a new twist on the vampire/girl relationship we’ve all become so fond of, but this one seemed is more about how Faith must choose between one of two very different vampires or a werewolf, or any other random male character thrown into the mix. Difficult as it is to not fall in love with Trent, throughout this second book, I found myself disliking Faith more and more and feeling that he might be better off without her. Sometimes you can’t help who you fall in love with, and the Trent/Faith relationship is one of those instances. I’m not saying she should be a woe-is-me, I can’t do anything without my boyfriend by my side characters that have overwhelmed the genre, but she goes from being a good girlfriend to taking what she has with Trent for granted when faced with Zou Tai and Vincent throughout the second book.
The twist at the end, while noble and expected of Trent, was by far the most troubling part of this series. I can’t say I would have liked it more if the author had changed it around so things happen differently, but I do know that I don’t see a reason to read the next in the series when it arrives. I know should the description even hint at a possible change in the way things are left at the end I will pick up the third to see what happens, but that puts a lot of pressure on the short teaser.
The writing certainly improved from the first book to the second and I found the plot is much less jumbled than the first, but there was a lot going on in a short amount of time and space. At times, I felt there could have been some action taken out and some reflection or added descriptions of the scenes added to help pace the story better.
Despite my sadness on the outcome of the main plot twist, I do not regret reading this book and did enjoy it to some extent, however, I know this is not one that I will want to re-read.