***This review contains spoilers for those who haven't read book two in this series.***
"The power of fear trumps everything. This is one of the few things I know for sure."
After reading book two in this series I found myself unable to write a review. I couldn't........I just couldn't. The ending of that book was a doozy of a cliffhanger and I am SO glad that I picked this series up when all three books were out already. The ending of Double Cross left me thinking
I couldn't even go to sleep! I had to begin reading the next book immediately.
And so I began Mind Games, the final book in this amazing trilogy. Carolyn Crane is a talented writer that really knows how to keep your head spinning. The surprises and twists keep coming, the love scenes are hot hot hot, and the first person point of view never gets annoying. Mind Games picks up about two months after the ridiculous events at the end of Double Cross, with Justine happily preparing for her wedding. She feels some minute sense of something being 'off', but continually chalks it up to being a nervous bride and still trying to get over what she witnessed. Her disillusionist friends go along with the wedding plans, but its obvious something is going on with them as well. Packard is now public enemy number one, on the run from Otto.
I really thought I was going to lose my mind reading all the cutesy scenes. I wanted the wrongs of book two righted immediately! But Crane makes us wait, showing us all the while just how powerful Otto is. At the same time that all this is going on, serial killers and sleepwalking cannibals are running amok in Midcity. Otto has created a city-wide curfew to keep citizens safe at night - and to flush out that pesky Packard. Oh Packard. What a wonderfully flawed hero. He is completely amazing in a totally messed up way. He is a master of words and actions, that's for sure.
"In some parts of the world they don't have a word for snow, because they don't know what it is. I never had a word for this. Love's too trite. It's more than that - just more".
And the ending...........NO I am not going to tell you how it all ends! Where is the fun in that? I will say that it felt just a little bit rushed. After everything that had happened I wanted the conclusion to stretch out just a little bit longer. Crane does wrap the story up nicely, leaving me feeling satisfied after the ride this series took me on. Justine has gone through so much, and she comes out on the other end stronger. I'm so sad that this series is over, but excited to see what wonderful new stories Crane has for us next!
"I used to say happiness was the absence of something - the absence of darkness, hate, fear. Especially fear. I thought, if I could get rid of my fear, life would be great...I see that I was wrong. Happiness isn't about getting rid of my fear. Happiness is when something outshines my fear."