Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Review: The Dauntless (Spy Girl #5), by Jillian Dodd

From USA Today bestselling author Jillian Dodd comes the fifth book in a sizzling series filled with action and adventure. Fans of The Selection and The Hunger Games will discover a heart-pounding thrill ride of espionage and suspense set in glittering high society.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Thank goodness this book is finally out!  I have a love hate relationship with cliff hangers.  I love how they leaving me wanting more while at the same time find myself frustrated with having to wait what feels like forever for the next installment to release.  I couldn't wait to jump right in and see what would happen with Lorenzo and Huntley now that the Queen announced, without warning, an engagement between Lorenzo and Lizzie.  Secretly what I most hoped were these two characters wouldn't go back to square one.  I really didn't want to see their character regress.  I won't give it all away but I'm pleased to say not only was I not disappointed but I really think Lorenzo and Huntley managed to strengthen their bond.

While the pace of this book never slows down I found myself reading slower than my normal pace.  Partly due to wanting to savor my time with these characters and partly because I found myself even more engrossed with the "spy" part of the story.  I think in some of the previous book within this series I've felt lost or even overwhelmed but I think having Huntley go "rogue" and work through all the details in her mind helped me get a better grasp of all the different players in this mission.

The Dauntless is a page-turner filled with lots of surprises, and honestly a lot of love and I'm not just talking about the romantic kind.  Boundaries are established and then their pushed.  We're introduced to a new character and we even get to know a couple of regular ones on a deeper level.  You're constantly trying to figure out who can be trusted, whose the enemy and what's their end game.  Of course by the time you reach the end you're left with another pretty crazy cliffhanger - one I never even saw coming.  But it's one I think is going to take this series to the next level.  Well done Jillian Dodd!  I don't know how you keep dreaming up these stories but I hope you never stop!