Monday 10 February 2014

A Review for Defy the Stars (Flynn #4) by Sophie McKenzie

18331511 Posted by Donna
Release Date: January 2nd, 2014
Finished Date: December 28th, 2013
Publishers: Simon & Schuster UK
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: For Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
After months apart, everyone thinks that River is successfully building a future without Flynn. Indeed, she has almost convinced herself that she is moving on. 

And then, one day, Flynn is back, bringing with him tales of his glamorous new life. 

River suspects his lucrative new work involves some form of criminal activity, but will she let herself be drawn back into Flynn's world? 

Or is this, finally, the end of the line for them both?

The Review: I've been a big fan of this series since the first book Falling Fast was released in 2011, now Sophie McKenzie is back with the fourth and final book in the series Defy the Stars. 

In Defy the Stars, River is slowly trying to rebuild her life after Flynn walked out of her life several months ago. She hasn't been handling things well and it's clear that she's struggling. She misses Flynn, so much but she's dealing with things the best she can. When she is invited to Flynn's sister wedding, it is there she see him for the first time in months and it's pretty clear he's changed. No longer is he wearing run down clothes but suits instead. River suspects that Flynn has gotten himself involved with something dangerous, dangerous enough that River needs to watch out for herself too. 

Eek! I'm disappointed. When I started this series this wasn't how I imagined it would end. The previous books have been about the characters struggles and love for one another, while this one just more about the trouble Flynn had gotten himself into. While I think Sophie has wrote a good series, I just didn't like the direction Defy the Stars headed. I thought a lof of the situations felt forced and didn't really enjoy the actions from the characters I love. With Flynn getting involved in some criminal activity, yes, it certainly spiced up the plot, but yeah, I didn't like it. Mainly because of the ending. How an author ends a series, for me, is a major deal. If it's done poor, then it can effect my whole outlook on the rest of the series. 
**Small spoiler** There's no HEA for the characters and I'm gutted! I'm a firm believer of HEA's and had I known in advance how it would end, I probably wouldn't have read it. BUT, and this is a big but, this is just my point of view. Some people are probably more open minded about different endings. Me - I guess I know what I like and I don't like when it changes.

In all, Defy the Stars wasn't the story or ending that I was expecting and for that reason, I didn't enjoy it. However, that's not to say you won't. Give the series a try and see for yourself! 

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