***Note: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.***Beauties of the Beast (The Yellow Hoods, #4) by Adam Dreece
Series: The Yellow Hoods #4
Genres: fairy tale, fantasy, science fiction, steampunk
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The Lady in Red’s revenge against the Piemans is nearly complete, and soon there will be no one to stop her. She’s ready for anything, except for the return of her long dead son. But is it really him?
Tee watches as the airships rain down fiery destruction. She adjusts the rocket-pack’s leather straps and glances over her shoulder. Her friends might never forgive her, but she can’t stand idly by any longer. In a blink, she’s thrown into the air. Then, the unthinkable happens—the rocket-pack comes off.
Who’s the new Yellow Hood? Who dies? And are the Piemans really down for the count?
Beauties of the Beast continues the thrilling ride from All the King’s-Men and will have you punching the air with joy and biting your nails in angst.
Quick disclaimer here, folks. As with many series, you need to start with book 1. In this case, that’s Along Came a Wolf. Start there and then you can come back to this one.
Tee has had to face a lot in a short amount of time. So much so, it almost broke her. However, with her friend by her side making sure Tee concentrated on what was most important, perhaps Tee will be okay in the end. Things are heating up around them as the Lady in Red begins her final moves.
Beauties of the Beast is a direct continuation of All the King’s-Men. Before you get after me for pointing out it’s a series, so of course it is, I’ll say the two books could easily have been combined into one book. Beauties of the Beast overlaps the previous book just a tad. There are parts that were lifted verbatim from the previous book to remind readers what’s going on before finishing the scene. I’m thrilled I had this book ready to read right after All the King’s-Men. Based on each book’s length, I know why they were split up. I also believe that Mr. Dreece broke off book 3 at the best possible point considering all that was going on.
Mr. Dreece keeps the tempo going in this novel. While he kept moving from one group to another, it didn’t feel as chaotic as the previous book. Perhaps it was because I was ready for it this time. I also made it a point to study the map at the beginning of the book. I was fully engaged the entire time and couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I have so many questions floating around in my head right now, but they probably contain spoilers, so I’ll keep them to myself.
There is one character I wanted to slap. I still want to slap him. That goes to show you how well Mr. Dreece writes his characters. I have become emotionally involved with almost every one of them. A few still have me confused by their actions and I can’t quite tell if they’re good or bad. It’s kind of driving me nuts. So much so, I might have to splurge and go buy book 5 so I can see how this all ends. Heck, I’ll probably end up getting the entire series. It’s definitely being added to my stack of books I have to re-read periodically because I enjoy them so much.
So go grab Along Came a Wolf and join me on this adventure!