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Under the Final Moon by Hannah Jayne
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Quick & Dirty: Sophie Lawson is a normal girl working in abnormal world!

Opening Sentence: “I could feel the cold stripe of fear going up my spine-like icy fingers walking slowly up vertebra after vertebra.”

The Review:

Yes, I hang my head sheepishly because this is another series I haven’t read! But I loved this book, this is my second book by Hannah Jayne and I am quickly becoming a fan, so I am for sure adding this series to TBR list asap! I’m not sure how closely it follows book five, but this opens with a bang and stays going strong the entire book. Sophie Lawson is back and quickly finds a new case with her right in the center of it. A vampire named Lance spontaneously combusted, but he was looking for Sophie. He even had her card on him before catching fire. Sophie is pulling right in the middle as it seems like all hell is breaking loose and maybe it is because Sophie Lawson is the daughter of Satan.

Sophie is getting chased the Grigori, which is a angel affiliated group trying to murder her because of the Vessel of Souls and the fact that she is Lucas’s daughther (he is also known as Satan). She is off again with her angel ex-boyfriend Alex, and a new man, Will, the werewolf seems to be interested in her as well. She is trying desperately to figure out what is going on with endangering all the people she cares about. The gates of hell have been blown open and will Lucas stop at nothing to find his daughter? Or is he really after something she has?

You will just have to read the book to find out. I know, sorry not sorry! There was a ton going on in this book, some romance, a lot of action, father-daughter issues and really Sophie had her hands full. I know there are things I missing because I haven’t read the first five books but I love a series that can pull you in no matter what number book you find and just suck you right in. Sophie was great, snarky and kicking butt. She was probably the only person unconcerned about the potential for moral dilemma due to the fact that she had possession of the Vessel of Souls.

I also really liked that in a world full of supernaturals from vampires to angels, that she was a kick butt heroine with no special powers except a strong immunity to magic. Normally someone who is the daughter of Satan would probably be super powerful and struggling with a dark side. But that wasn’t the case and I loved that about her, she was happy with who she was, she knew who she was and who she cared about.

I am not a fan of love triangles but this seemed to be more of getting closure from a past relationship and the beginning of a new relationship. Will was pretty cool, not that he played a huge part throughout the entire book. I enjoyed that Sophie didn’t always need to be saved and her friendship with Nina and Vlad is hilarious, I love great strong friendships. They are what make the world go around and just make a book even better. So if you are fan of this series, it is clearly still on fire or if you are looking for a new series check this one out! I will be going back and reading them from the beginning!

Notable Scenes:

“My mouth dropped open and now the flicker of anger was a full-on inferno.”

“Alex took a step closer to me, and it was the first time his fingers brushed over mine all over again.”

“My father is Satan.”

“I had gone from a glowing cocoon of two-man love to being the loneliest person on the planet in a matter of minutes.”

“Hipster, demon, or undead, I was pretty much used to seeing every king of fashion that retail and San Francisco could come up with.”

FTC Advisory: Kensington provided me with a copy of Under the Final Moon. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. ( )
  DarkFaerieTales | Nov 8, 2015 |
Struggling to read, Sophie gets on my nerves and there is not enough of the Vamps (Nina and Vlad).
Sophie comes across more whiney and unsure than ever, or maybe I am just not in the mood and fett up with the series.
Reading the other reviews this may end up to be a 2 stars, too much misery and not enough story.
And well, it might be the last, a bad ending or the last one for me in this series. But so far I am not nearly at the end, so I'll wait and see...
Wow struggling on, reading way better books in between and am now at 70% nearing the end and cannot wait to put it away.
After getting this far, I ask myself wether the other books in the series where really that better or if I had changed.
Without reading them again, I cannot say for sure.
But this book feels too long and as with other books I get the impression that the author gets paid per word-/page-count, which just does not produce anything a reader like me wants (for nearly the same reason I do not read Stephen King).
This could have worked better in a much shorter way, like a novella. Or by killing Sophie in the beginning, or whatever else good comes to mind.
As it is, her bad self-image, no decisions-making attitude and her whiney, tear-filled moods are killing me. And destroy my wanting to read another book in this series or another book by this author. And this is a book I preordered and was looking forward to ... I shudder to think of it.

Although near the end, I just had to read a different, better book before closing this for good (or bad, or whatever).
Choosing from my huge virtual ebook stack of paid for but yet unread books: [b:Kiss Me, Kill Me|8401387|Kiss Me, Kill Me (Lucy Kincaid #2)|Allison Brennan|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1394495620s/8401387.jpg|13261409], a realistic romantic suspense-thriller.

Having finished it, it was too long with no real story, bad or no twists (if you call the ending a twist).
The ending was ok, but could not save the book, as it was accompanied with more self-doubt and whining about her decision (and inner monologue).
So, I hope this series will not get another book.
Not recommended, except for closing the series or die-hard fans. In looking back at the other books of the series I am not sure wether I gave them too much credit. Maybe I have changed. And this gets 2 stars and a promise to myself not to read another book by this writer anytime soon.
This should have been a short 2-3 read, but the 25 days from start to finish reflect how much I struggled to read this book.
As it was pre-ordered and paid for, and once I got over the 30% barrier I also hated to abandon it. As it is: a time-consuming mistake not to abandon it.
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  Ingo.Lembcke | Oct 27, 2015 |
This is a fun series, and you can’t help but like the girl who wants to be bad-ass, and imagines herself as bad-ass, but can’t quite live up to it. But this is the last book in the series, and now it’s show time.

Sophie is the Vessel of Souls. Everyone wants the vessel, which is somehow inside her. She has a myriad of friends, including a vampire, a fallen angel, and the guardian, who was sent to guard and protect the vessel of souls.

Sophie also works for the Underworld Detection Agency which is an organization that handles pretty much all things supernatural, from providing insurance coverage for inhabitants of the underworld to investigating a vampire killing. Although Sophie is a human, she is also immune to all magic and underworld super powers. She has the capability to see through the veil that keeps other humans from noticing things like 3′ tall trolls, or rotting zombies.

She also manages to get herself into trouble just about every time she steps out the door, which makes for some comical situations. This time, she is investigating signs of the apocalypse. Oh…. and did I mention her father is Satan? She has dreamed her whole life that her father would come back for her, but she never dreamed he’d be Satan, and now she wants nothing to do with him. But how do you hide from Satan?

Alex (the fallen angel) and Will (the guardian) are both interested in Sophie, and of course they are both hot, so she can’t seem to decide between the two of them, and there is a lot of chest puffing and arm flexing when both are in the room. They seem to be more interested in besting each other than actually protecting and taking care of Sophie. I’ve been rooting for Will…. mostly because he has a sexy British accent. Otherwise, I could take ‘em or leave ‘em. Despite how much Sophie finds them both sexy, I find them both a little immature and bland.

Sophie is definitely good at heart, and actively wants to defeat Satan, but she is no superhero, she doesn’t even know simple self-defense moves. Even though her heart is in the right place throughout the entire series, it’s pretty amazing how she’s managed to survive. I guess good always triumphs over evil?

I found it interesting that when her dad shows up, Alex, who says he loves her, and Will, her guardian, are nowhere close by. Wasn’t this their job? To take care of and protect Sophie? Or maybe, just maybe, she was able to take care of herself all along.

There were a lot of spelling errors in this book that should have been caught by an editor or even spell check. It was kind of distracting, especially when the same word is misspelled more than once.

The covers of these books are kind of misleading, since Sophie looks and acts nothing like the woman on the cover. I believe that the image on the cover is to show how Sophie wants to see herself, and how she wishes herself to be. Which is why it’s kind of funny. Sophie is definitely not the woman on this cover, no matter how much she wants to be.

Despite the coming apocalypse, the series is campy and entertaining. Sophie’s ability to mess things up every time she tries to fix or solve something can be annoying, but also pretty comical.

I did enjoy the series. It’s a fun, easy read, and you’ll root for Sophie, even if she doesn’t always root for herself. ( )
  MustHaveFiction | Apr 11, 2015 |
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Armed with a strong immunity to magic, Sophie Lawson, who works for the Underworld Detection Agency, must stop the Apocalypse with the help of Alex Grace, her favorite fallen angel, before all Hell literally breaks loose.

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