“Once upon a time, there was a naïve and innocent girl who thought she could tame the beast and live happily ever after. But the beast did not want to be tamed, for he was a beast and beasts care not for such things, and the girl died along with her dreams.
From childhood's grave sprang a young woman, jaded before her years, who knew that beasts could wear the skins of men, and that evil could exist in sunlight, as well as darkness."
^ That's one of my favorite quotes from Terrorscape and I believe that it describes the entirety of the series perfectly- especially the final installment. I love this series so much and I was absolutely thrilled (and terrified) when the last one came out yesterday. As I predicted, this book is DARK. Really dark. Horrorscape was worse than Fearscape, content and maturity wise, and Terrorscape was even a step up from that. It's definitely not something you should go into expecting a lighthearted, happy ending. It's gritty, frightening, and disturbing (on a few different levels)- yet also amazing. I don't know how Nenia got it to work so well, but I loved it. So now I'll try to give an accurate review of my opinions on the book. I'm going to attempt to keep this as spoiler-free as possible (especially since the book hasn't even been out for 48 hours yet), so I'm sure there will be a LOT of spoiler tags here. Don't click on them if you don't want any major plot twists spoiled for you. Maybe I'll add a couple gifs, too ;D
So when I found out that Terrorscape was not only coming out this year, but earlier than the expected publication date I was definitely like:
And the book didn't let me down, in any aspect. I feel like it provided good closure to the series (as much as I hate hate HATE to see it end) and the relationship between Val and Gavin escalated to the point that I was expecting it to get to all along (even a little beyond what I predicted, to be honest). Terrorscape was very different than the other two novels proceeding it, though. From the setting to the characters to the plot and everything. It obviously still contained the main elements from before, but there were noticeable differences. I liked most of these new aspects and don't have many complaints.
As a little bit of a summary, this installment takes place a year after the events in Horrorscape. Val has left town, changed her identity and appearance, and is beginning a new life in college when the novel opens. Instead of Valerian Kimble, she now goes by Valerie Klein- though I'm not quite sure why she thought that this new name would make her any more difficult for Gavin to find, but you know. She's moved a state away to a place where no one knows her past and that makes it a little easier for her to begin new friendships- though, she's still extremely paranoid and her anxiety often gets the better of her. Two of the more important new characters are her friends at college- her roommate, Mary, and a romantic interest named Jade. Just when she starts getting comfortable in this new home, guess who decides to show up? Everyone's favorite sociopath/serial killer. And you can imagine how it goes from there.
There were definitely some twists this time around that I didn't expect. First, Gavin has been pretty busy during this year lapse in the timeline and I was even kind of surprised about the whole redhead murders thing. I wouldn't have put it past him, but I didn't expect him to actually do something like that with Val still alive.. He thought he left Val dead at the end of Horrorscape and when he finds out that this actually isn't the case- man, he gets angry. We do get a look at his family (or part of it) for the first time and I actually wish there was more of a back story on them. They're so messed up that I would have loved to read more about the Mecozzi's and what made them that way. All of them seem to be similar to Gavin in one form or another- or at least relatively accepting of him. It's kind of fascinating, haha. But, besides that, Gavin has also schemed up an interesting way to find Val again. There were two deaths in the entire trilogy that actually upset me. One of them was Blake's. C'mon, Gavin. Was that really necessary? Blake never really did anything to you.
But then when Lisa died I was just like
Val was actually, in my opinion, fairly stupid in this book. She tried to take precautionary measures to hide from Gavin, but she didn't do them very well. I mean, when she finally saw him again for the first time, she made it pretty obvious who she was. It was almost as if she wanted to get caught. Or maybe she did. Either way, I think for the first time so far, I actually felt more than just a pang of sympathy for her. Gavin was ruthless. If you thought he was bad in the first two books, multiply it by five, and you'll find him here. He's just evil (which I still find awesome, because of his lack of ANY redeeming qualities at all, which makes him super interesting to me). Some part of Val enjoyed being with Gavin, but I know the part that didn't was miserable. And it made the ending a little more justified, after seeing her go through everything in this book. I mean, do we need to even talk about the sex?
but seriously i did feel bad for her.
The minor characters this time around were interesting. I liked Mary a lot. She seemed like a decent friend for Val, most of the time. At least better than Lisa. Although, then you have Jade, who I didn't feel much emotion for at all. I guess I already knew that by this point, Val was so tied to Gavin that there was really no use growing attached to a different love interest. Really, Val. Did you not know GM was gonna kill him? Though, he seemed very sweet, and it was probably good for Valerie to meet a guy that's NOT a psychopath or a douchebag for once. Then finally you have Vance. I had mixed feelings about him. On one hand, he's a really good example of how your actions can come back and haunt you later. I thought he provided a nice new subplot to the story. But at the same time, I thought it kind of random at first, until I figured it all out at the end. It was interesting to how much of an extent Gavin would go to in order to keep possession over Val and ensure that she remained safe.
And then finally, you have the end. AOMG:LSKG:LAKJKAL:FLJ
I think I may be one of the only people that wasn't completely satisfied with the ending. I knew it was coming, but part of me was hoping that Val died along with Gavin. I don't know what that says about me, but xD
I always knew that Gavin had to die, because the series reminded me a little of the prophecy in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: "For neither can live while the other survives." Besides, in Horrorscape Gavin said that Val would always be his as long as they both lived, so I knew one of them couldn't make it through. But still, when his death came I was staring at the screen like
ESPECIALLY AFTER THAT WHOLE THING WITH VAL POTENTIALLY CARRYING HIS CHILD.
I'm assuming that if Val WAS pregnant, the child died when Gavin stabbed her stomach, but I was still hoping he'd take her to the grave with him.. I can still appreciate the ending though and it didn't take away from how awesome the book was otherwise.
All in all, Terrorscape was a great conclusion to a wonderful trilogy. You definitely have to read the first two books before embarking on this one, but it's so worth it in the end. It's a must read for anyone that enjoyed Fearscape or Horrorscape, as long as you can handle the content in this one. As always with these books, Terrorscape was loaded with creepy quotes from Gavin and still held a suspenseful tone throughout the whole book (the college setting was cool and brought new elements to the suspense, as well). It exceeded my expectations and I'm not really sure what else COULD have happened in this trilogy, that wasn't already included. I'm sad to see it end, but props to Nenia for making such an awesome set of books.
I feel lucky to have found them (: