Joint Review with Has originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2013/02/25/joint-review-night-resurrected-by-joss-ware/
MinnChica: I have been a fan girl of the Envy Chronicles since I first discovered post-apocalyptic romance books. I have been anxiously awaiting to see what would happen with Remy, and loved getting to see her and Wyatt get their happily ever after. This book felt like it had a little bit of a different tone than the previous books in the series, but I really liked it. Getting more and more of the story about the Strangers and how exactly Remy played into their nefarious plot was great to finally see unravel. I do have to say though, if this is the last book in the series, I’m very disappointed with how it all ended. I *HOPE* that this isn’t the end of the series, because there is so much that was left hanging at the end of this book!
Has: I totally agree with you about the new tone and feel from the previous books. Night Resurrected definitely felt more focused on the characters, especially on the romance which had was built-up beautifully from an antagonistic relationship that slowly grows into love. I also loved the insights and backstory into Wyatt’s past which added a lot more depth with his character and explained why he was so grumpy especially towards Remy.
I also enjoyed the on-going arc with the Strangers and the Atlanteans plot, especially with the mystery of what is the mysterious crystal that Remy has and I was surprised by the twist about its property. I also liked how it heightened the stakes with the tension between the people of Envy and the Strangers, and I was also left hanging towards the end of the book because it ended way too quickly for me!
MinnChica: Yes, the romance between Wyatt and Remy has been steadily growing from the first moment these two met. I was so anxious to see why exactly there was an underlying animosity between these two, and with the discovery of Wyatt’s past, I could see why exactly he was so grumpy at times. I did love the way that their romance built and developed over the course of the book, and the series as a whole. When they finally put their own differences aside and made a commitment to one another, I wanted to do a little happy dance! I’ve been rooting for these two for what feels like forever, so once they finally got their stuff together, it was an extra special HEA for me!
Has: I loved how their romance developed, it was definitely a slow burn, but when they first kiss, I have to admit, I mentally did a little jig. It was also one of the best first kiss I’ve read in a long while because the tension between them just exploded. I also liked how Joss Ware covered the aftermath of the attack that Remy suffered previously and that felt organic in how she was coping with her memories of Seattle.
‘His hands closed over her arms, yanking her up and off the ground. The next thing she knew, her chest slammed into him and his mouth covered hers.
Remy’s eyes went wide, her breath catching as his lips fit to her parted ones. Then the shock faded, replaced by heat and pleasure barreling through her and she kissed him back. As the kiss deepened, their tongues twined, sleek and easy, their mouths molding together. She closed her eyes and sank into the delicious taste of him as he devoured her in return. His lips were sensual and erotic, and she realized her hands had settled on his warm, solid shoulders. One of them found a lock of silky hair, then slid up into more thick waves as she felt her toes touch the ground again, his hands releasing her shoulders.
He ended the kiss abruptly, stepping back and looking down at her. She was panting, her legs felt like noodles, and for a moment she wasn’t certain she remembered her own name. Oh my God.
“I had to shut you up somehow,” he said, stepping back further.’
But that kiss, especially the scene afterward, when Wyatt just lost control was just fantastic, and I loved how they finally admitted to themselves there was an attraction. I really enjoy hate turns to love romances, because they do sparkle for me. I also felt the dynamics with Ian Marck, the bounty hunter who is morally dubious was interesting especially since he had a brief affair with Remy. There were hints of a love triangle in the first half of the book, but I was glad that element was resolved when Remy and Ian didn’t have strong romantic feelings, despite having a sexual spark. However, I am definitely hankering for his book, because we found out clues about his past and his own feelings towards the Strangers.
MinnChica: The overall development of the plot arc was great as well. I didn’t feel as if it moved as quickly as some of the previous books in the story, but getting the chance to find out the specifics of Remy’s crystal was great. I’m anxious to see where the series goes from here, now that the Strangers have found Remy, and not been able to get what they want from her. Ware left a lot of strings in the series – with Ian Marck, the Strangers themselves, with the town of Envy and the world overall. I got a sense that there was so much more story to tell, despite the fact that the core cast of characters have all found their happily ever afters.
Has: I also felt that the endgame of the series is fast approaching for the original core of characters. Because that ending felt like things are definitely coming to a head with the Strangers, the Atlanteans and the people of Envy. I did wish we had more on the ending, because it ended a bit abruptly and I wanted to enjoy the HEA a bit more. But that ending with the showdown and the great build-up of the romance between Remy and Wyatt definitely makes Night Resurrected a solid entry in the Envy Chronicles. I really am looking forward to the next installment which I hope will cover Ian’s story!
I give Night Resurrected a B
MinnChica: All in all I was very happy with this installment of the series. I loved getting to see Remy and Wyatt finally get their happy ever after, especially with everything they have each had to endure! Ware continues to write probably the best post-apocalyptic romance series, and I am so anxious to see what she has in store for us next. The world continues to grow and evolve, and I am so excited to see what twists and turns are coming up for the Envy crew!
I give Night Resurrected a B-