When Randi Cooley Wilson’s last book, Revolution (Book 4 in the Revelation series), ended, it seemed like everything was over. Eve Collins, our heroine, was carted off by the bad guys, in this case her mate’s father (wow!) and things were looking bleak.
As Restoration opens, clearly we know that somehow Eve and Asher (her ultra dominating, sexy gargoyle of a partially-mated guardian) will end up back together – I mean, they have to, right? But that isn’t clear at the onset and Wilson takes us out of the gate revealing truths we have been wondering about since Revelation! In teasers, we knew that something was up with Aria, but I don’t think anyone suspects the reality, or how vital a role she plays in getting things going for this final installment in the Revelation series.
The London clan has faced the harshest reality they can imagine: the king, and father of the gargoyle hotty brothers, is not only alive but a really bad guy. He’s not only consorting with the enemy, but he kinda hates Eve. None of this bodes well, and it’s definitely put a totally unnecessary rift between our star-crossed lovers.
But, as the wise and lovely Marilyn Monroe once said, “Some good things fall apart so better things can fall together”.
So even though it’s clear that Eve and Asher are perfect – divinely so even – and that she’s finally making a place for herself in the clan and this crazy new life, it won’t be enough.
Because only after they face it all down can restoration happen.
(See what I did there?)
So what did I think? Well, first, I think it was superbly well-executed. Ending this story was painful for Randi, as can be seen by both her social media posts and her notes in the beginning of the book. Clearly, these characters were and are real to her, and being true to them was important to her.
I’d say she was successful, if that was her goal.
Though I was left hoping for more resolution for Gage, I kind of think we might learn more about that in her next series, which focuses on some key children of the London and Paris clans. I did wonder a few times if he was going to switch sides, and maybe that was intentional by the author. I hated that I could never completely trust him, and in the end it gave the book another layer by keeping me guessing.
Callan and Abby remain adorable, and their story definitely has more moving parts. I look forward to seeing how they handle the twists and turns this book leaves us with, and how that adventure plays out. Given the teaser for the next series, I imagine that they remain very busy. As a side note, if I could send Callan something other than an apron, I think he might actually rock this beautiful piece of menswear. 😉
I was intrigued by the deeper introduction of some of the other clan members in various regions, and I wonder how they play in for the future. What the story, Randi? Will we have multiple spinoffs?
Speaking of which, I think shes does a WONDERFUL job of introducing her new series in a seamless way, incorporating some of the new characters and reintroducing some we may have forgotten so they’ll be fresh for Royal Protectors Academy (RPA), due out early in 2016.
In closing, when I found Revelation a while back, I absolutely loved that this story arc didn’t focus on angels or vampires (though they are both there), had a strong female lead who (mostly) didn’t run into idiotic situations all the time, and had both strong and lovable characters. Honestly, I could read these books simply for Callan! But it is rare to find books that are REALLY surprising anymore, and Randi Cooley Wilson has delivered on a series full of unexpected plot twists, insatiably awesome secondary characters and a believable world. She also made me want to re-visit the idea that men in jewelry CAN work! 😉
Take the time to sit down and read these books from Revelation on through. They are worth it, though the audiobook series will be out in 2016 if you’d prefer. Enjoy this warm story like I did. Fall in love with the characters and believe in them. And then get excited for the next series!