Tuesday, December 31, 2013

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Wild Justice

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous however, in her opinion. If she was asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ display. All of her efforts to produce “normal” stories failed. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves and witches, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon.

Kelley is the author of the New York Times bestselling WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLDparanormal suspense series, the DARKEST POWERS and DARKNESS RISING young adult urban fantasy series, and the NADIA STAFFORD crime series. She also has a newly debuted series,CAINSVILLE , another new book Loki’s Wolves – THE BLACKWELL PAGES book #1 written with Melissa Marr, and another series, AGE OF LEGENDS coming in 2014!

Keep up with Kelley online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.

Wild Justice, book #3 of the NADIA STAFFORD Series
   by Kelley Armstrong

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The long-awaited final installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling author’s Nadia Stafford series

Since Kelley Armstrong wrapped up book two of the Nadia Stafford series, fans have been eager to know what happens to the tough-as-nails contract killer. At last, Wild Justice brings Nadia back for the series’ thrilling conclusion—an action-packed tale that will dazzle fans of the series as well as those who are only familiar with Armstrong’s bestselling paranormal books.

In Wild Justice, Nadia is confronted with her most difficult task to date: going after the man who killed her cousin Amy twenty years prior. But when it turns out that someone else has already taken justice into their own hands, she is drawn into a complex situation where everything she knows and loves is thrown into the path of danger. Nadia is forced to take matters into her own hands, ultimately requiring her to confront her darkest secrets—and her deepest desires—in a way that she never thought possible.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:

Wild Justice was an incredible conclusion to a wonderful crime drama series, and worth the wait (even though it sucked to have to...). :)

Our heroine, Nadia Stafford, is a former police officer turned assassin. She also owns and runs a wilderness lodge in Canada. She is independent, tough as nails, and a little quirky. Her moral code is a little different than most assassins, wherein... she has one. She generally only takes jobs that border on vigilantism, righting a wrong where justice wasn't served as it should have been. Her past built her that way, and instead of turning inward, she uses her dark sides to 'help others, while using her double life to live the way she's always wanted.

Wild Justice starts out with a bang. There is a job that goes awry, and it messes with Nadia's head a bit. After this, Kelley fully immerses us in a whirlwind of revelation, mystery, character growth, action, drama, emotion and heat. We learn that things we suspected in previous books about Nadia's past are correct (and even worse than we had imagined), we learn more about the mysterious Jack, the clandestine society that has been courting Nadia is revealed and its true colors are shown, the persons responsible for Nadia's tragic past are heavily involved in the storyline and make for some gripping page time, Jack and Nadia finally stop dancing around the inevitable, and it's all tied up nicely with a bunch of action, drama, and intrigue.

I was very pleased with the conclusion of the series. It felt 'real' to me, and was true to the characters - nothing seemed forced or hurried. Kudos to Kelley for giving us NADIA STAFFORD fans what we had been waiting and hoping for. Still (and probably forever) a Kelley Armstrong fangirl!

Wild Justice

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