As with other books in the Merciless series, this bad boy has lots of violence and torture, and has some Book II spoilers. So get cozy, Fangirls, we’re in for a wild ride.
This review contains some dark themes, so please don’t read on if you are triggered by depressive and suicidal references.
In Last Rites, we follow a new character, Berkeley, through two times in her life; Before and After. Before is when she is in a mental institution, one that reads as incredibly real (so if that stresses you out, don’t read it), and After is when she goes to Italy with some of her close friends from high school.
Berkeley seems like a pretty normal gal. In her first year of college, however, her friend Tayla committed suicide, and she had a mental breakdown. She went to a party, did too many drugs, and blacked out. She’s heard that she pulled a knife on a girl, but she doesn’t remember that. During her time in the institution, she gets a roommate. Someone we’ve seen quite a bit of; Sofia Flores. Sofia warns Berkeley that if she lies, they’ll never release her, and she’s right.
In Italy, Berkeley is with two friends who don’t seem to want her there as much as they used to. They seem to be walking on eggshells around her. Soon after her arrival, she is called Diavolina by random people on the streets. It worsens, and violence ensues.
This book took a bit longer to get to the violence than the others, and so the beginning didn’t feel like it was part of the same series. But when Vega gets into it, she gets into it. The devil trials hit hard and fast, and the pace changes immediately.
Let me tell you, the ending is perfect. It hits even harder than I thought it would, and it twisted in just the right way. If you are comfortable reading about horror, violence, and suicide, this is a phenomenal book. I loved this series, and I can’t recommend it enough.
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