Book #66: Gilded Wings by Cameo Renae

As the final battle draws near, Emma finds herself bound under an unbreakable oath. She must seal the bond with Ethon before her transformation, or risk her life and the lives of those she truly loves. Who she wants is no longer an option.

Lucian has unleashed troops of evil beasts from the Underworld, making it impossible for Emma to leave the protective barrier of Alaine’s home. War is inevitable. The Guardians will need to stay and fight their ground, hoping Lucifer keeps his end of the deal and comes to their aid.

In this epic series conclusion, burning questions will be answered, lives will be lost, and sacrifices will be made.

But who will survive, and at what cost?

Gilded Wings by Cameo Renae is technically not the last book in the Hidden Wings series, but I believe the last one is actually a standalone. I’m not actually quite sure. Anyway, Gilded Wings is the last book where villain Lucian is concerned.

Okay, so, I felt this book was better than the third one, but not as good as the second. The second is still my favorite. The love scenes between Emma and Ethon or Emma and Kade felt drawn out and I didn’t really feel any passion. The bond kept on being the reason for the attraction (or distraction) and it was beginning to be an insta-love annoying aspect of the book series.

And like the insta-love, there felt that there was a bit of author cheese in the book. Though I did like how the happy ending came to be, I couldn’t help but feel upset that the same wasn’t given to other characters who lost their lives in the book. Sure, they probably didn’t deserve their wings, but if one character was going to be brought back to life, why not just go all the way with it?

Anyway, the real cheese that bothered me was the sudden change of Emma’s birthday. Alaine just outright told Emma that her birthday wasn’t what she believed and somehow the bad guys knew the truth. How the hell they knew is beyond me. I would have liked it better if Emma started transforming on her own accord because of the stress and the fact that no other Nephilim had a child with a full blood before. That unknown factor would have made more sense than “oh, your birthday is actually this date and the baddies know… sorry.”

It also would have been cool if Emma transformed during the final battle and then she started kicking ass. I like it when she does and her just listening to Kade or Ethon bothered me. She is so much more of an interesting character when she bites the bullet and does what needs to be done.

So, yeah, I didn’t care for this book in the series. If I could list it from best to last, it would be: 2, 1, 4, 3. Basically, the book was okay and it did answer all the questions, but I feel it could have and should have been more epic.

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