Book Review: Rhodi's Lullaby by Megan Linski

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Title: Rhodi's Lullaby
Author: Megan Linski
Pages: 314
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: 04 September 2016

From Goodreads: "Cities burn.
Governments fall.
Lives are lost in a desperate the Rhodi are losing.

The world has been devastated by the tyranny of the Red Huntress. To save Crescentia, Dylan and Devin attempt to decipher the mystery of the ancient letter their ancestors left behind, the only hope of salvation for their kind. Dylan continues to fight foes both on the battlefield and within her own mind, all while wrestling with the confused feelings she has for Enfys, the alluring spy who has become devoted to her cause.

In the epic conclusion to the thrilling Rhodi Saga, one brave warrior will stand in the way of corruption, to take place before her destiny…or her death."

Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours, Megan Linski, and Gryfyn Publishing for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for review!

I never thought that I would be unable to form a coherent sentence after finishing a book, but Rhodi's Lullaby has done just that. I have been laughing, screaming, crying, cheering, and hiding-but-still-reading-through-my-fingers throughout the last few chapters of this epic tale and I am still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that it's over. Follow along as I try to piece together all of the feelings I am feeling and write a review on the best ending to a trilogy I've ever read.

Please be aware that there may be spoilers for the Rhodi Saga ahead!

It's hard to know where to begin, but I suppose I can start with my favorite topic: Dylan. Boy oh boy does Dylan absolutely shine in this book. Not only does she grow as a Rhodi, but she also grows as a person. Throughout the entire book, she struggles with the threat of Rachel taking over all of Crescentia, and because of April Mae's prophecy, feels like the fate of Crescentia has fallen on her shoulders. Not only that, but she has to deal with her feelings (or not feelings, as she tries to tell herself all book long) for Enfys. As the book progresses, you discover that Dylan has still been self harming, but thankfully not as frequently. More towards the end of the book, she finally makes the decision to give up self harming for good, and I must admit that I teared up quite hard. Dylan has been through so much through these three books, and her decision was certainly not an easy one. I was so proud when she was able to rise above the need to hurt herself and chose to never do it again! By the end, I was in tears with how proud I was of Dylan and her journey, and the ending left my imagination running wild about what happens in her future.

Also, I absolutely adored the relationship that she develops with Saffron. I did not expect them to ever be anything but enemies, but Saffron easily became my second favorite character once she came around. I loved that when it came down to it, Dylan couldn't leave Saffron behind, and her compassion helped Saffron become a better person and even though she's still crazy, it's just no longer directed at Dylan. Her dedication to Dylan and keeping her safe just tugged at my heart and I could not resist loving her!

There were so many moments in this book that I will never forget. Most of them have to do with Dylan and Talidin, but who can say they're really surprised, right? My absolute favorite has to do with Talidin attempting to give "the talk" to Dylan and it goes from Talidin trying to be a good father to an incredibly awkward moment. I was laughing so hard there were tears streaming down my face! I really enjoyed watching Talidin try to be a good father and have it backfire and turn into an awkward father/daughter moment between the two of them! I also loved each and every moment that Dylan and Enfys had together, good and bad, and was so happy with how their relationship ended.

As with the other two books, Rhodi's Lullaby had a plot that kept me reading until the very end and even going back and re-reading some parts. The group finally decides to take a stand and try and defeat Rachel once and for all. With the help of Saffron and her ability to remove veils, they discover the letter that Odon had been trying to decipher was actually a map. As they make their way through the desert to the destination marked on the map, they discover the city of Rhodi-An. Talidin and Tavana are shocked to learn that the city they had thought was destroyed years ago is actually thriving and filled with Rhodi. But all is not perfect, despite what they have been shown. The king of Rhodi-An, Oruchan, is allowing Rachel to take over Crescentia and refuses to lend aid to the small but mighty group of Rhodi willing to fight back. The final battle that takes place in the city is one of epic proportions, and it had me yelling in shock and crying for those that are lost. Not only is there an incredible final battle, but there is also a huge plot twist involving certain characters and let me just say, this twist does not disappoint. I was screaming when I read it and was in shock for the rest of the book! Well done, Megan Linski, well done!

This was the longest book out of the trilogy at 314 pages and I was so happy to be able to have that much content to read, as this was the last book and there was so much that had to be resolved. The book actually spans quite a long time, and there is so much that happens and every single bit is wrapped up by the end. The writing in Rhodi's Lullaby was by far the most beautiful, and I can safely say that this was my favorite book in the trilogy. There was so much to this final story, and none of it was just glossed over like it didn't matter. With every page, I was amazed at how beautiful the story was becoming. There is so much detail written in every scene, and it's so easy to lose yourself in the world of the Rhodi and really feel like you're there, fighting alongside the twins or flying in the air with Saffron. I could feel the emotion, love, and dedication that was put into this final book, and it all wrapped up into one perfect conclusion.

Through the last handful of chapters, I was on the edge of my seat and did not want to stop reading. The big battle at Rhodi-An was one that I thought I was prepared for, but the author made absolute sure to remind me that at any moment, something crazy could happen. There were several moments where I was crying, some where I was literally screaming "WHAT WHAT NO NO NO" and some where I was so overjoyed I was bouncing up and down in my seat. I haven't encountered a book, let alone a series, where I was so emotionally involved that I was visibly showing emotions as I read. I have become so invested in this world and these characters that I just was not prepared for the things that happened, and I am certainly not ready to let them all go just yet. Megan Linski has created a world that is so easy to fall into and find yourself lost in, and it's one that I don't plan on leaving any time soon!

As I stated before, Rhodi's Lullaby is my favorite book in the series, hands down. The story line of all of the characters that we have come to love is wrapped up and tied with a neat bow, and it really allows your imagination to run wild with all of the possibilities. With everything that happens (and there is SO MUCH that happens) the ending leaves you feeling happy and very satisfied. There are happy moments, and plenty of sad moments, but all in all, Rhodi's Lullaby is the perfect ending to an epic trilogy that is sure to leave a lasting impression. Be sure to pick it up, along with the other two books in the series, on 04 September 2016!

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  1. Thanks so much for reading my trilogy! ♡ Megan