This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Mark #1
Published on June 20th 2015
Published by Createspace
*The individual installments are no longer in publication. Please see Cold Mark (Mark, #1) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... .
New York Times bestselling author, Scarlett Dawn, captures the perfect last installment of The Cold Mark Saga, where trust is earned and love soars…
Braita Valorn is a disaster walking. One mistake after another on the planet Triaz has landed her in trouble time and again. Only Braita’s quick wit has kept her from complete ruin—and her cunning to blackmail the Plumas of the east.
The Plumas of the west own Braita. She is their Soul. But when her ultimate freedom is so close she can taste it, Braita might just ‘own’ them…if her heart doesn’t get in the way.
Or, perhaps, Braita should have followed her heart from the start—to one set of Plumas who are her perfect match.
Will Braita obtain her freedom? Or will she finally accept a life she never asked for?
Alas, the last installment of Cold Mark arrived, I must say, I’ve hoped to find answers to all of my questions, sadly I was not nearly as satisfying with this one.
While I was happy Braita was able to leaver her “Souls”, but I didn’t particularly like how the hybrid Plumas could easily use their hybrid abilities to manipulate memories. The whole concept just seems too convenient, and too easy to me. Not to mention, I am not sure what happened to “Braita” in this book, she was bratty, spoiled and self-centered, I am sad to say, I didn’t like her at all in Soar.
I really wished the information and the background of the series was better organized, I thought the hybrid bit just came out of nowhere, and then there were that “mate” connection where Braita’s body hair colors have changed to match the Plumas of the east. Even though it was an interesting detail to learn, but I didn’t think it was well explained.
I was quite surprised and taken back some of the twists in this installment, specifically on how “Souls” doesn’t mean the same as “mates”. To me, it completely defeats the purpose of “Souls”, why had the supernatural connections in the first place, if it wasn’t for the purpose of a soul mate? It didn’t help that the book didn’t give a clear, elaborate explanation of the two connections. As for the new “mate” connection, it definitely felt like it was an easy set up, to give Braita and the Plumas of the east a perfect supernatural excuse to be together.
Overall, I couldn’t help but to be disappointed by this series as a whole, it had started really well, I’ve really enjoyed the concept and tons of ideas in the story. But as the series progressed, I felt the length of each of the installment was far too short for the story to be well-developed. While tons had happened, but I couldn’t help but to think the story had merely touched the surface. In the end, I thought the ending fell incomplete, and the story never really explored the relationships between Braita and the hybrid Plumas.
Then there was the “true mates” connection that just seem to come out of nowhere, which almost felt like it was created for the convenience of justify Braita to leave her “Souls”, and to be with the hybrid Plumas. Because the significant turnabout, I think I’ve rather the story focused on Braita and her “true mates” from the start, instead of spending so many pages of trying to “save” Braita’s relationship with her Souls, which didn’t mean anything in the end.