A Secret To Die For (Secret McQueen, #8) by Sierra Dean
December 16, 2014
Review by Tori
Favorite Quote: Death, like gravity, is inevitable.
Secret McQueen may have thought the worst was over but she should have known better. Her arrival back to New York is heralded by flames as the city burns. Zombies are wreaking havoc on a defenseless city and a group of biker necromancers are behind it. Secret and her friends will have to pull out all the stops, bringing friends and foes together, if they want to stop what looks to be the final apocalypse. Sacrifices will be made and loved ones lost as Secret prepares for the battle of her life.
The final installment of Sierra Dean’s Secret McQueen series will leave fans reeling from the chances Dean (Secret) takes but happy that all our questions are finally answered. Dean has never made life easy for our hybrid vampire/werewolf heroine and you shouldn’t expect it in here. Teeming with action, suspense, intrigue, and some delicious humor, Dean brings her game and ends the series on the note it started with-a huge bang. An engaging premise mixes paranormal legends to create a unique storyline that blends well with the on going romance. Smooth writing, dynamic characterization, and informative dialogue takes us to the finish line in style.
I have thoroughly enjoy the world that Ms. Dean created in her Secret McQueen series. From the beginning Ms. Dean has written an energetic and unapologetic urban fantasy with it’s wonderful balance of humor and suspense. Continuing world expansion and deepening character development kept this series fresh and engaging. At times I was dismayed, and yes, even angered at the choices and actions of our heroine. It says a lot for Dean’s skill as a writer that she was able to keep me enthralled by the series when most times I would have bailed by now. I haven’t always been Secret’s biggest fan but I admire the strength and resiliency Dean extracted from her. Her choices and actions of weren’t always the smartest as she tended to be a bit self involved but she always pulled up her big girl panties and dealt with the fall out.
“You guys didn’t feel a disturbance in the force or anything?”
Though most of the series open plot lines were closed in book seven, the remaining are firmly dealt with as Secret, along with Desmond, Holden, and various friends and foes come together to stop the invasion and possible destruction of the city. Emotions run higher than normal as death shadows the group, striking without warning. The reasons behind the invasion are interesting and I enjoyed the way Dean weaves aspects of Secret’s life into the conflict, allowing for her to finally find the closure she’s been searching for. Especially in the case of her love life. Dean redeem a certain character in my eyes which I really didn’t think was possible. For the first time I understood their motivations and see that their reasons for their actions had some merit.
“I’m not quite done, you know.”
“Done with what?”
Though I’m sad the series has ended, Dean does a fantastic job of ending it on the right, if not bloody, note. A small epilogue of sorts assures readers that Secret’s sacrifices were not all in vain and she is finally free. I’m also pleased to know that Dean is planning a spin-off in the future so maybe we will see Secret and her ‘entourage” in the future.
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