I was seriously torn about how many stars to give. For nearly a decade now, I’ve followed Stephanie on the Afterlife Saga journey, swallowing each book in the series within days. Of course, expectations are insanely high now.
Reading Vincent’s Immortal Curse was one hell of a ride for me. Starting the book, I was super thrilled. When I read more about the curse, I became angry because I couldn’t help but notice that Stephanie used the same plot as Lauren Kate in her Fallen Series (attention spoiler) with Ari being one of the fallen angels who, more or less, starts a new life every time, something that goes on for centuries. I was glad to see that the story veered off into another direction at some point, but then it started to drag a little. I love Stephanie’s writing style because she likes to point out every detail which makes her world and characters so realistic, but sometimes she tends to exaggerate (I don’t need 2 pages describing how jittery she feels with Vincent being in the same room, I’ve read all about that in the previous 9 books).
I’ve noticed a lot of reviewers pointed out that the jumps through present and past annoyed them. I love these things actually, and the way Stephanie used them gave great insight into what happened back in 1888, but, to be honest, sometimes it was a little much and frustrating as she tended to cut off the most exciting chapters. This was also what happened at the end, in my opinion. I have nothing against cliff-hangers, but this was no end at all if you ask me, and left way too many questions. The way the curse works is that they forget about their time as soon as they sleep with each other, right? So why is the curse suddenly only about Vincent “falling for an angel without wings”? Clearly, Ari is cursed just the same… very confusing.
And, even if it doesn’t have anything to do with this book, I was a lot more confused about the sneak-peek into “Devil In Me”. Should this be Book2 in Vincent’s story? Or something else entirely? Didn’t get it.
Also, I know that Stephanie’s book covers have always been quite “different”, but this cover didn’t call to me at all. You’d never guess what kind of genre lies behind that wrap-up. I would have thought it to be a YA book.
All the questions and nagging aside because pointing out the negative is always easier, the story was good, and I was relieved to finally understand why Ari and Vincent struggle so much with their relationship.
Dear Stephanie, I will always read all the books you produce because I love them with all my heart - I just hope you don’t get lost into your own world!