Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Review for Night Betrayed (#4 of the Envy Chronicles) by Joss Ware
To fully appreciate this book you need to have read this series from the beginning. Theo's past is important to who he is now and it's touched on very lightly in this book. Changes occur to him during this story that are mentioned once and then left hanging. Because of how superficial he's discussed you never feel truly invested in what happens to him. The same holds true for Selena. Her reasons for needing to save the Zombies are never fully understood, even to herself. This is very frustrating to the reader since the issue seems to be used only as a plot device to cause friction between Theo and her.
Other characters from previous books also show up during this story without much reason behind their appearance. Most notably are the villains who show up to do something villainous for no other apparent reason. It all leads to further frustration for the reader waiting for something to happen and questions to be answered. With this book there was no storyline advancement, nor do you get a definitive resolution to Selena and Theo's relationship.
Fans of this series will want to read this to see the continuing adventures of characters they've seen before, but they shouldn't expect any earth shattering developments. This installment felt more like filler than substance. Those thinking of picking this up on a whim should definitely look elsewhere. What is an intriguing idea for a series has led to a confusing and unsatisfying read that has me hoping the next book in the series will be more rewarding.
My grade for this is a D+
*Book cover photo courtesy of www.goodreads.com