Early Review: A Secret to Die For by Sierra Dean (Secret McQueen #8)
December 16 2014
Received from author
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From Goodreads –
No one is safe.
Secret McQueen thought she’d seen it all, but that was before she, Desmond and Holden came home to find New York City burning and the streets overwhelmed with the walking dead. Now, in a race against time, she must find out who is responsible for unleashing hell on Earth.
For that, she’s going to need a whole new team of vampire wardens to help round up the perpetrators, who turn out to be a gang that makes Sons of Anarchy look like toddlers on tricycles.
Her quest across the city brings old friends and enemies out of the woodwork and reminds Secret once and for all why mercy and forgiveness are not always prudent. Lives will be lost, sacrifices will be made, and when the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same again.
With no time to mourn her losses, the only question remaining is if Secret can survive long enough to stop the apocalypse…or if this is the one challenge that will finally drown her in rivers of undead blood.
OMGOMGOMGOMGOMSOSOSOSOGOOOODDD!!!!! We need to create a new hashtag for this book. Something like #omgomgsogood or #ican’tbelieveshewentthere or #simplyperfect. I’m super serious.
A Secret to Die For is the eighth and final installment in Sierra Dean’s Secret McQueen series.
After having read seven books in this series and going into this latest one knowing it was the final installment, I went in with a certain amount of expectation for how the story was going to go. Well, I should have known that Sierra would shoot my expectations clear away because pretty much nothing happened the way I thought it would. People die. Lots of them. But most I would not have expected! And those I convinced myself would, didn’t. So basically, I read this while sitting on the edge of my seat even though I was silly enough to expect I wouldn’t this time around.
I laughed. A lot. And I cried. A lot. Boy did I cry! But the moments that deserved these emotions were fantastic moments, written beautifully.
I feel I must talk about Lucas briefly. It is not a secret that I am not a fan of Lucas. At all. But damn if Sierra didn’t manage to get me not-hating him for a moment or two in this book. Only she could manage to do that to me – to have me momentarily care for a character I have pretty much despised for most of this series.
Desmond was really solid in this book. He really is good to and for Secret and I feel they make a good match.
And speaking of good matches, Holden too would make a good match for Secret. I am aware that Secret made her ‘decision’ when it came to her men in the previous book but I for one thought it came about a little too easily. Well, easy by ‘Secret standards’. I was expecting chaos when it came to Secret’s relationship status. And chaos-ish is what I got. Who she ultimately ends up with suits. I know not all of you will be happy but I feel Secret made the best choice…as did Sierra.
Let me tell you though that the person who she does not end up with… The moment when this man realizes that he will not be ‘the one’…WHAT A MOMENT! That is a moment that you will cry while reading…and you will cry while thinking about it later…and you will cry just at the mention of his name. That was one hell of an scene. It was Brilliant.
I suppose we should talk about Secret a bit *grin*. In this book, Secret is still damaged from happenings in the past books but seems to be slowly putting herself back together. She is one of my favorite characters ever and watching her grow throughout the series has been awesome. She had her ups and downs and I feel she learned from her mistakes and all she went through. I really enjoy where she ended up, as a person, and wish only the best for her in the future.
I am assuming we will be seeing her in Sierra’s Genie McQueen series, which is due to release its first book shortly into the new year. As you can tell by the name, Genie is Secret’s sister. She is very different from Secret and it will be interesting to get to know her throughout her own books. Apparently her love interest is super yummy 🙂 She does appear in this last Secret book. Genie just seems to be sort of ‘there’ but then one scene in particular comes around and …whoa. Just wait until you read it and until you Check. Her. Out. Genie is the bomb! Who knew she was so powerful?! That scene alone has me super stoked about her series.
You see and hear from many favorite characters from throughout the entire series. And even though they are all there, not once did it feel like Sierra was sitting down at her computer thinking “this is the last book so I absolutely must cram all of the past characters into this book”. They all fit perfectly into the story and all have their place. And many of the scenes featuring these characters are touching and sweet. These scenes remind us of how many friends and allies Secret truly had in this series and how loved she was…even when she was going things we didn’t quite like lol.
I do want to point out a few of these characters. Monica…you go little girl! Clementine I absolutely adore!!! There is one Clementine scene in particular where I actually found myself saying “holy shit” out loud. And Juan Carlos…he’s a douche. I can’t stand him. But we finally learn WHY he’s the way he is towards Secret and holy cow I NEVER expected his reason to be THAT!!!
The story in this last book features a necromancer biker gang. Yup. You read correctly. Sounds wonky but it totally works. As usual, it featured twists and spins and fights and all that good stuff. And all done really well.
I can’t believe this series is over… It was 2011 when I first started with this series, but I remember is like it was yesterday. *queue twinkly nostalgic music* I received an email from one Sierra Dean wondering if I would be interested in reading her series entitled Secret McQueen. She wrote me inquiring about Something Secret This Way Comes and A Guide to Dating Monsters, the first book and prequel novella for the series. I checked on Goodreads to see what people were saying and I asked a couple trusted bloggers who had read the books how they enjoyed them. Everything I heard and read was that I would be stupid to pass these books up. Not wanting to be stupid, I accepted Sierra’s offer…and I was immediately hooked. Sierra has an amazing talent when it comes to drawing you into a book and making you want more. The way she starts her books and the way she ends them really grips you completely and does so each and every time. Her characters are simply incredible and her dialogue is some of the best out there.
If you are a fan of urban fantasy, you HAVE to read this series. You would be stupid not to. And as far is A Secret to Die For is concerned, as a final book to the series, it is perfection.
Books in the Secret McQueen series –
Something Secret This Way Comes
A Bloody Good Secret
Deep Dark Secret
Cold Hard Secret
A Secret to Die For