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Amanda Hocking, the New York Times bestselling author of The Kanin Chronicles, returns to the magical world of the Trylle Trilogy with The Ever After, the final novel in The Omte Origins arc. Buried memories… Ulla Tulin has lost a month of her life. Her journey to learn who her parents are has brought her to the attention of the Älvolk sect—and a man claiming to be her fat Amanda Hocking, the New York Times bestselling author of The Kanin Chronicles, returns to the magical world of the Trylle Trilogy with The Ever After, the final novel in The Omte Origins arc. Buried memories… Ulla Tulin has lost a month of her life. Her journey to learn who her parents are has brought her to the attention of the Älvolk sect—and a man claiming to be her father. But instead of a long lost family reunion, Ulla has forgotten her time there, and fears something terrible happened. Sacred flower… The Älvolk released Ulla alive for one reason only, to exchange her for a rare flower with mystical properties. Determined to break her amnesia, Ulla risks her life against a dark enchantment capable of killing her to remember the Älvolk’s secrets—to use the flower as part of an incantation that will open the bridge to Alfheim, the First City. Blood prophecy… But opening the bridge will unleash a menagerie of monstrous creatures upon Earth that will consume everything in their path. Knowing she may lose Pan Soriano, the love of her life, Ulla nevertheless gathers an army of Trylle to stand with her and defend humanity as well as her own kind. And it is Ulla’s very heritage that holds the key to victory.


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Amanda Hocking, the New York Times bestselling author of The Kanin Chronicles, returns to the magical world of the Trylle Trilogy with The Ever After, the final novel in The Omte Origins arc. Buried memories… Ulla Tulin has lost a month of her life. Her journey to learn who her parents are has brought her to the attention of the Älvolk sect—and a man claiming to be her fat Amanda Hocking, the New York Times bestselling author of The Kanin Chronicles, returns to the magical world of the Trylle Trilogy with The Ever After, the final novel in The Omte Origins arc. Buried memories… Ulla Tulin has lost a month of her life. Her journey to learn who her parents are has brought her to the attention of the Älvolk sect—and a man claiming to be her father. But instead of a long lost family reunion, Ulla has forgotten her time there, and fears something terrible happened. Sacred flower… The Älvolk released Ulla alive for one reason only, to exchange her for a rare flower with mystical properties. Determined to break her amnesia, Ulla risks her life against a dark enchantment capable of killing her to remember the Älvolk’s secrets—to use the flower as part of an incantation that will open the bridge to Alfheim, the First City. Blood prophecy… But opening the bridge will unleash a menagerie of monstrous creatures upon Earth that will consume everything in their path. Knowing she may lose Pan Soriano, the love of her life, Ulla nevertheless gathers an army of Trylle to stand with her and defend humanity as well as her own kind. And it is Ulla’s very heritage that holds the key to victory.

30 review for The Ever After

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (Diva Booknerd)

    Ullaakuut Tulin has returned home, held captivate by the Älvolk and although she scarcely remembers her ordeal, is experiencing the trauma of being tortured. Ulla, her friends and colleagues from the Merellä metropolis searched for the First City, a mythical city beyond the bridge that connects the realms between Ulla's world and those of the ancients. The Omte Origins series has been a whirlwind adventure, a gentle romance, unlikely and tentative friendships and alliances and I've loved every m Ullaakuut Tulin has returned home, held captivate by the Älvolk and although she scarcely remembers her ordeal, is experiencing the trauma of being tortured. Ulla, her friends and colleagues from the Merellä metropolis searched for the First City, a mythical city beyond the bridge that connects the realms between Ulla's world and those of the ancients. The Omte Origins series has been a whirlwind adventure, a gentle romance, unlikely and tentative friendships and alliances and I've loved every moment. The reader is first introduced to Ulla as a somewhat naive and unsuspecting young woman. She knows little about the world beyond her village and her kindness and inquisitive nature is completely endearing. Throughout the series, Ulla embarks on a journey to find her family, abandoned as an infant with an elderly couple to raise. Along the way, Ulla begins to rely upon her found family, namely Dagny and Pan and although is determined to search for her parents, it soon becomes apparent that all hell is on the verge of breaking loose and Ulla will find herself faced with impossible decisions, while struggling to remember her capture. One of my favourite aspects of the series are the reoccurring characters from series' set within the Trylle kingdoms, the series can be read as a standalone but the familiar faces are wonderful. Wendy and Finn from the original Trylle Trilogy and Bryn and Ridley from the brilliant Kanin Chronicles. Each series featuring strong and fearless female characters in positions of power and authority. Although each typically fall in love, these are heroines who don't need a male character to complete them, they're their own saviours. In the Omte Origins series, we hear more about the origins of the trolls and their Scandinavian heritage, their history tightly woven among the Viking folklore. The mythology and legends of children's fairytales coming to life was beautiful and I hope it might lead the way to future series' set within this magical world. It's been quite a while since a series has captivated me so entirely and that's one of my favourite aspects of Amanda Hocking's writing. They're entertaining, mesmerising reads. Being back in the Trylle world was lovely and although the Omte Origins series features an entirely new community of troll, characters and storylines, it was comforting to be back in a world I was familiar with. The Ever After, the final Omte Origins instalment is wonderfully adventurous, a beautiful exploration of folklore and culture, of lost cities and found family.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Permanently_Booked

    It’s the conclusion to the Trylle series and final book in the Omte Origins trilogy. Hocking delivered in this final novel with answers to nagging questions and an epic battle of beasts and troll. This series had a solid beginning that lagged a little in the middle for me. However, the character connections and world building were strong throughout and the ending was action packed. I love how Hocking keeps true to all of the characters she presents throughout the books. Weaving them in and out o It’s the conclusion to the Trylle series and final book in the Omte Origins trilogy. Hocking delivered in this final novel with answers to nagging questions and an epic battle of beasts and troll. This series had a solid beginning that lagged a little in the middle for me. However, the character connections and world building were strong throughout and the ending was action packed. I love how Hocking keeps true to all of the characters she presents throughout the books. Weaving them in and out of the plot as she goes. Building the reader connection with each one. The world building had a unique depth though I do feel I should have read the other series before this one to get a better understanding of some nuances. Overall, I can tell that this was a branch off of a main series. A revisit to something more. Though I enjoyed my first dive into this world I do feel I would’ve liked it more if I had started with the Trylle series books. I recommend those getting to know Hocking to begin with Trylle and move to Omte. Lastly, I read the first two books in this trilogy and listened to the final book. Occasionally reading when I couldn’t access the audiobook. I definitely enjoyed listening more than physically reading this time around. Therese Plummer had a beautiful narrative voice that fit Ulla and brought more feeling and excitement to the pages than my imagination was mustering. I’ll be going back to listen to the first two books later in the year and start the original Trylle books. Hopefully, Plummer is the voice for those as well. Thank you to Wednesday Books, Macmillan audio and Netgalley for the advanced copies in exchange for an honest review. Now to tackle the rest of Hocking’s novels. True rating 3.5/5.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    In The Ever After, Ulla, Pan, Dagny, and Elof have returned after being held captive, and none can remember their month of captivity. As Ulla and her friends try to regain their memories, they continue to uncover a plot that involves her parents, a mythical city, a mysterious and dangerous secret society, and mythological children’s stories. Ulla’s journey is long, complex, and dangerous, and the consequences of failing are severe. The Ever After is the most action-packed and exciting of the tri In The Ever After, Ulla, Pan, Dagny, and Elof have returned after being held captive, and none can remember their month of captivity. As Ulla and her friends try to regain their memories, they continue to uncover a plot that involves her parents, a mythical city, a mysterious and dangerous secret society, and mythological children’s stories. Ulla’s journey is long, complex, and dangerous, and the consequences of failing are severe. The Ever After is the most action-packed and exciting of the trilogy, and the unexpected twists left me shocked, devastated, and delighted. I know I said it in my last review, but Hocking’s skill in creating vivid and immersive worlds bears repeating. The Omte Origins is a complex story with many layers, and Hocking weaves the story together as seamlessly and masterfully as she does the rest of the Trylle world. The characters, mythology, literature, languages, culture, and more are all dynamically developed and fascinating. I continue to be amazed at Hocking’s storytelling ability. I loved the slow-building romance between Ulla and Pan. Their relationship is strong and deep, built on friendship, respect, trust, and admiration. Plus, they have great chemistry. I loved watching their connection grow throughout the first two books, and Hocking takes it to the next level in this one. I also adored the protagonist, Ulla. Ulla is not a warrior. She’s not beautiful. She’s a little chubby, and she is the epitome of a hero. She is searching for herself, for a sense of where she came from and what happened to her and her family, but she finds out so much more than that. Ulla discovers things that can shake the foundation of the Trylle world. I love her determination, strength, perseverance, loyalty, and kindness. People gravitate to her because she is a good person and a true friend. She’s also the reason some of my favorite characters from Trylle and Kanin Chronicles (the first and second series in the Trylle world) make an appearance in this series. You don’t need to read Trylle and Kanin Chronicles, but if you did, it’s fascinating to see how all of the characters and stories connect and merge in this epic conclusion. Wendy, Loki, Finn, Brynne, Tove, and so many other beloved characters return to help Ulla, Pan, and their friends in their quest. It is awesome and heartbreaking, and I didn’t want the story to end. Thanks so much to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own. https://onebookmore.com/2020/12/28/ar...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    [I received an arc from NetGalley for an honest review] The Ever After is the third and final installment to The Omte Origins series by Amanda Hocking and the ending to her Trylle universe series as a whole. The first two books in The Omte Origins series were solid. Interesting story lines that while there always seem to be questions needing to be answered you cared for the characters and were invested in their journey. At the end of book 2 our main characters those their memories of a chunk of a [I received an arc from NetGalley for an honest review] The Ever After is the third and final installment to The Omte Origins series by Amanda Hocking and the ending to her Trylle universe series as a whole. The first two books in The Omte Origins series were solid. Interesting story lines that while there always seem to be questions needing to be answered you cared for the characters and were invested in their journey. At the end of book 2 our main characters those their memories of a chunk of a chunk of their journey. Therefore, going into book 3 you know there will be some back tracking and struggle as they try to regain that lost time. I'm not sure what happened but somehow about 40 percent of the beginning of this book drags and feels like a lot of nothing happens. For me, it didn't really pick up until the second half of the book. It could have benefited from losing a good 100 pages of the 500 that make up The Ever After. The end of the book contains an enormous battle scene its intense and thrilling. As a long reader of this world from the first series I was excited for her to bring main characters form the previous trilogies to help fight in this epic battle. We are even given POV from these characters which gave me a warm feeling. Yet if you're not familiar with them , since this series can technically be read on its own, you won't have any feelings of nostalgia and it will sort of feel chaotic with the jumping around of point of views. ::Next Paragraph is slightly spoilery so feel free to skip"" Last but not least, Amanda Hocking has made the decision to kill off a motherf*cking main character from a previous trilogy. Why ?!?!?! This lead went through their own journey to get their happy, and then you bring them back in this one to give them the axe. Not Cool. Shortly after that devastating scene the battle ends and that's it. Readers a given a paragraph for each character of "where they are now" and Ulla and Pan are heading off to start their own Ever After. In the end The Ever After wasn't quite what I wanted or was expected for the final book in a trilogy and final book for a universe. I will still always love all of the series in the trylle universe but I'm sad to say this last installment will be remembered with a bit of disappointment.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hazel

    This book is the final one in the Omte Origins series by Amanda Hocking. The Omte trilogy follows two previous trilogies, the Kanin Chronicles and the Trylle Trilogy. I absolutely loved both the Kanin and Trylle trilogies and so had very high hopes for this new series by Hocking. However, I have been greatly underwhelmed and dissapointed. Includes spoilers! (view spoiler)[ The whole series was very slow moving, with very little of note happened in the first and the second books in this series apa This book is the final one in the Omte Origins series by Amanda Hocking. The Omte trilogy follows two previous trilogies, the Kanin Chronicles and the Trylle Trilogy. I absolutely loved both the Kanin and Trylle trilogies and so had very high hopes for this new series by Hocking. However, I have been greatly underwhelmed and dissapointed. Includes spoilers! (view spoiler)[ The whole series was very slow moving, with very little of note happened in the first and the second books in this series apart from overly extensive world building. It was only in this last book that things started happening. The last book was quite good and had the potential to be brilliant but the ending was so disappointing. There were several things which weren't properly explained. For example, the song that Ulla keeps hearing in her head the whole way through the book about the Morning Flower and the Summer Bird. I understood that these represented her real parents and the fact that they could never be together, but was that it? I feel that it should have had a much greater relevance for the amount that it was talked about and it should have been explained better. The phrase about the sun rising in the green sky when the good morning become violent night never made any sense to me. It is a phrase that crops up many time throughout the entire series and yet I still have no idea what it means. Ulla says near the end that she is the good morning...I honestly did not understand at all! Sunniva tells Ulla that she keeps having these precognitive sounds in her mind of Ulla shouting for her help, and yet this never actually happens. What was the point of this and the point of Sunniva constantly following Ulla once they got to the First City? Another thing that happens a lot, is that spiders appear in the memories that Ulla recovers from the Lost Month. This is never explained. Why were there spiders? In the final battle there are spiders, but I still don't understand why they were so foreshadowed and what their real relevance to the story was. The ending of 'The Ever After' explains that the power of all the trolls has always come from the Ogonen. I really hated this ending and it has, for me, ruined the past two series along with this one. Knowledge that we have assumed so far; that they are trolls, they have powers, these power age them, they are separate from the humans, is all demolished by the way this book ends. There is even talk of the monarchy being abolished, where does that leave our previous main characters, Wendy and Loki? And then to top it all off, the main character from a previous trilogy dies?! I was so upset by this, as we have already had her story and her happy ending, and yet that is all made nul and void by the ending of this book. There was no need for her to die! So many of my hopes for this book were not met. I wanted to hear more about Matt and Willa, maybe even Rhys and Rhiannon, and what about Tilda and her son? We did get some Wendy POV but in my opinion she wasn't done justice and I would have loved to have more of Wendy and Loki. (hide spoiler)] All in all, I would not recommend this series to anyone who any sort of attachment to the previous trilogies by Hocking, it will ruin them for you. I will not be re-reading the Omte Origins, but will re-read the first two trilogies and pretend that all of this never happened.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bec (booktineus)

    This review first appeared on my Instagram, @booktineus The Good Things + Final book in the Omte Origins series, a NA Urban Fantasy series. + My favourite of the three books, and also the biggest. This plot is what I was waiting for in the previous books, with more lore, action, and answers. And the plot gets moving straight away. + It had some great twists and revelations I didn't expect! + I feel like fans of the Trylle world will especially enjoy the last part of the book when characters fro This review first appeared on my Instagram, @booktineus The Good Things + Final book in the Omte Origins series, a NA Urban Fantasy series. + My favourite of the three books, and also the biggest. This plot is what I was waiting for in the previous books, with more lore, action, and answers. And the plot gets moving straight away. + It had some great twists and revelations I didn't expect! + I feel like fans of the Trylle world will especially enjoy the last part of the book when characters from the previous trilogies play a big part. + Continued to enjoy the characters and their interactions. + The love triangle I was worried would insert itself into the book never developed! + It was good overall. Wraps up everything well. The Not-So-Good Things - As much as I enjoyed this overall, I have mixed feelings. Not because it was bad, but because I feel like it could have been more. - We get answers for everything, but a lot of it comes at the end when things wrap up abruptly after a brief explanation. There were also a few mighty convenient "this just feels right, I know this is what I have to do" plot solutions. - Never really cared about the romance. It was alright but eh. Also there is one brief sex scene which I didn't expect (I mean, it's new adult, but I thought it would be a fade to black). - In the final part there were some POV changes that I initially found jarring, especially since they weren't part of the previous books or the start of this book. TLDR; Overall this was a good conclusion to the Omte Origins and Trylle world. It was my favourite of the three, but it still felt like it never quite lived up to its full potential. Still a fun and easy to read series though.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monkeyface

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Spoiler alert........ This book ruined all of the books in this world. Bryn is killed... Why there're plenty of people you could have sacrificed? Danny, elof, Finn, sumi, elianna, noomi, etc. Why would you kill the main character of one of the trilogies? I love your books I've read them countless times. They are my happy place and you ruined it. How am I supposed to read about Bryn and be happy she survived the kannin war and ended up with ridley when you killed her. I won't be reading any more o Spoiler alert........ This book ruined all of the books in this world. Bryn is killed... Why there're plenty of people you could have sacrificed? Danny, elof, Finn, sumi, elianna, noomi, etc. Why would you kill the main character of one of the trilogies? I love your books I've read them countless times. They are my happy place and you ruined it. How am I supposed to read about Bryn and be happy she survived the kannin war and ended up with ridley when you killed her. I won't be reading any more of your books. This was a poor choice that ruined your other series. I just want to know why? Also we never find out about bekk and her baby, does she know it's a heart defect, did they meet the other sister. This book had so many unanswered questions yet it was still wrapped up horribly.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Williamson

    4.75 Wow, what a way to finish a series. And not just a series, but a universe! I started reading from this world in 2015 when Frostfire came out and I'm telling you, I have enjoyed every minute of it! This conclusion was fantastic. We were able to learn so many things about the troll world and how everything connected together. I was very happy with how everything ended with one GIANT exclusion. That character death. You know which one I'm talking about. I was NOT ready for that and I am not here 4.75 Wow, what a way to finish a series. And not just a series, but a universe! I started reading from this world in 2015 when Frostfire came out and I'm telling you, I have enjoyed every minute of it! This conclusion was fantastic. We were able to learn so many things about the troll world and how everything connected together. I was very happy with how everything ended with one GIANT exclusion. That character death. You know which one I'm talking about. I was NOT ready for that and I am not here for it. They were done dirty and I REFUSE to accept it. Nope, it didn't happen. DIDN'T HAPPEN. Though they did go out in style and doing something they 100% would do a million times over even knowing what the outcome would have been. It was very true to character, just not to my emotions. Outside of that, there was a moment here where I was like "I'm sorry, you just did what?!?!" There's a POV switch at about 75% in, which is crazy because that's just NOT done. But it made so much sense for the story overall. For the SERIES overall. And I'm talking all 9 books, not just these three. Overall, I'm really happy with the way Amanda chose to end this and I'm so happy that the ARC Gods at Netgalley and Wednesday books were kind enough to grant me ALL THREE of these books (as well as the Valkyrie duology previously!) to read early.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)

    The Ever After is an action packed concluding book to the Omte Origins Trilogy. The book picks up where book two ends. It is easy to get into after having a long gap between book 2 and 3, all the back story is provided early on and allows the reader to be enveloped in the story once again. It feels like such a rich folklore and magic system within the Trylle world. Amanda Hocking has a way of describing elements and creating a magic system that is enchanting. The short chapter length keeps the boo The Ever After is an action packed concluding book to the Omte Origins Trilogy. The book picks up where book two ends. It is easy to get into after having a long gap between book 2 and 3, all the back story is provided early on and allows the reader to be enveloped in the story once again. It feels like such a rich folklore and magic system within the Trylle world. Amanda Hocking has a way of describing elements and creating a magic system that is enchanting. The short chapter length keeps the book feeling punchy and fast paced. There is so much happening that the faster pace is really keeping the ball rolling. This element is crucial for The Ever After, as there is so much travelling within the pages that if the chapters were longer or the pacing slower, it would detract from the overall feel of the book. I love how Pan and Ulla have come together finally, their relationship is sweet and honest and they complement eachother so well. That being said, their intimate scene felt awkward and uncomfortable. I don't think they needed to have a sex scene, It didn't feel necessary to the plot or their relationship. It felt like an afterthought addition. The multiple points of view towards the end of the book are fantastic. They come at the height of the adventure and battle and allow the reader to get a better idea of what is happening. As well as the different perspectives of key characters at this crucial and final time in the trilogy. The Ever After wraps up in such a wonderful way. Yes there are some losses that are truly heartbreaking, but it is wonderful to see Ulla finally starting her own life. Written eloquently, with characters that we have gotten to see grow throughout the trilogy, The Ever After is the perfect final book for the Omte Origins Trilogy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Toya (the reading chemist)

    While I think that this series started off really well, it definitely lost steam from book to book. I’m glad that we finally learn about Ulla’s parental heritage and the strange circumstances surrounding her, I can’t say that I was really pulled in by The Ever After at any point. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I did enjoy seeing some of my old favorites from Hocking’s previous books. Oh...and there are way too many damn spiders in this series. Just saying. Overall, for the diehard Ho While I think that this series started off really well, it definitely lost steam from book to book. I’m glad that we finally learn about Ulla’s parental heritage and the strange circumstances surrounding her, I can’t say that I was really pulled in by The Ever After at any point. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I did enjoy seeing some of my old favorites from Hocking’s previous books. Oh...and there are way too many damn spiders in this series. Just saying. Overall, for the diehard Hocking fans, the series is definitely worth a read since this is really the first time that you get insight into the Omte tribe, but it wasn’t a favorite in comparison to the others. Thank you to Macmillan Audio for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    K Whatsherface

    This series has felt slower then the other trylle books. But overall I've enjoyed it. I can't believe how grow up Wendy is compared to when we met her. Smallish spoiler. Closer to the end of the book the shifts between the povs of Wendy and Bryn as well as Ulla. Part of me wants to say more but I don't want to give anything away. This really does feel like the end of the trylle saga. You don't have to read the first 2 series before this but. I highly recommend doing it because without them you'l This series has felt slower then the other trylle books. But overall I've enjoyed it. I can't believe how grow up Wendy is compared to when we met her. Smallish spoiler. Closer to the end of the book the shifts between the povs of Wendy and Bryn as well as Ulla. Part of me wants to say more but I don't want to give anything away. This really does feel like the end of the trylle saga. You don't have to read the first 2 series before this but. I highly recommend doing it because without them you'll feel like your missing something. Not enough to not understand whats going on but enough to know your missing information

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    This was a very detailed and perfect ending to this trilogy. I also loved how it brought all the different types of trolls from the other series together. One thing that I was really appreciative of was how the author made sure to kind of do a recap as the story went along, in ways that fit in seamlessly instead of like an info dump at the very beginning to refresh what had happened in the books before. Ulla finally does learn who her true parents are, and we get to see many of the characters and This was a very detailed and perfect ending to this trilogy. I also loved how it brought all the different types of trolls from the other series together. One thing that I was really appreciative of was how the author made sure to kind of do a recap as the story went along, in ways that fit in seamlessly instead of like an info dump at the very beginning to refresh what had happened in the books before. Ulla finally does learn who her true parents are, and we get to see many of the characters and locations from the other books and like I said, it brings it all back together for a final battle where we join with characters we knew from the first two series that go with this one. There are creatures that are so unique, like murder snails, yeah, you read that right. And the spiders, whoa! They make another appearance similar to what Ulla found in one of the earlier books of this trilogy. Towards the end I felt a little bit like the battle was going on for so long, but part of that could be because we started getting very short chapters from people that were the main characters in the other series, Wendy and Bryn, interspersed with Ulla’s chapters. The title of the second book gets a bit of an exploration with a rhyme/song in this book. And there is a bit of a time conundrum for some of the characters that did have me doing some thinking as I read. Overall a good series, and I think one that would definitely be easy for someone to read now that they could sit down and read all three straight through. Review first published on Lisa Loves Literature.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    The Ever After by Amanda Hocking marks the end of another one of her beloved series featuring the Trylle. The Omte Origins trilogy is wrapped up in Hocking’s typical fashion, leaving fans of this world shocked, in denial and wanting more. Sadly, this book is planned to be the last in her Trylle series arc which has spanned the last ten years. It started with Wendy in Switched, then Bryn in Frostfire and now it ends with Ulla in The Ever After. I loved this book and I hated this book. I’ve had th The Ever After by Amanda Hocking marks the end of another one of her beloved series featuring the Trylle. The Omte Origins trilogy is wrapped up in Hocking’s typical fashion, leaving fans of this world shocked, in denial and wanting more. Sadly, this book is planned to be the last in her Trylle series arc which has spanned the last ten years. It started with Wendy in Switched, then Bryn in Frostfire and now it ends with Ulla in The Ever After. I loved this book and I hated this book. I’ve had this recent habit of not finishing book series just on the sole fact that I don’t want the series to end and I’m too worried to see how the author will finish things. I fall in love with the characters and these worlds that readers like me are transported to and I don’t want to let them go. Can anyone else relate? Despite my new found hardship I kept going and indeed finished The Ever After despite how painful it ended up being. Like I said there were things that I wasn’t expecting and then there were others that I longed for but didn’t get enough of in the first two books of the series. I give The Ever After by Amanda Hocking a 6 out of 10. I want to thank Netgalley and the publishers at St Martin's Press for providing me with an advanced copy! I promise only minor spoilers (nothing major!) so read at your own risk! ______ “Pan pulled me into a hug, wrapping his arms around me. And that’s all it was for a minute, neither of us saying anything, just content to hold one another. I couldn’t remember a single time in my life that someone had just held me like this, not pulling away or asking for anything more. ‘I missed you,’ I said quietly. ______ First let’s talk about the constant teasing of romance between our leading lady, Ulla and researcher, Pan. I waited so long for these two to get together and guess what? It finally happens! They are nothing but adorable and I think it might have even been worth the wait! They had a relationship that slowly grew as the plot progressed and it felt natural. I’m not going to lie, I think Hocking took a little bit of pleasure with teasing us readers with the romance but I think that only made it more successful. It was clever! _____ “Breathless and elated and warm and terrified and safe, but mostly I felt totally and completely in love with Pan. When I looked up into his eyes, so warm and dark like black tea on a winter morning, I knew that I loved him with every part of my being…Pan laughed warmly, and then he put a finger under my chin, gently forcing me to look up at him. ‘Ulla, I was falling for you when we went to Sweden, and the only thing that’s changed about my feelings is that I care about you more every day that I spend with you.” _____ It was everything I wanted between these two characters to happen and for that I am grateful. I was glad to see Ulla’s lineage finally explained and I found the interwoven tragic love story between her parents as genius. It added another layer of depth that I wasn’t expecting but enjoyed immensely plus it also made so much sense that I can’t believe I didn’t call it earlier! The amount of mystery and the constant back and forth of who her parents were was at times exhausting so having added that background and history about her true parents made it better suited to the story and once again worth all of the confusion. It also explained some of the mystery behind Sumi and Jem-Kruk which tied their stories together making it more complete. Another thing I loved was the interaction between Ulla and her other ties to the books that came before. In this case, her relationship with Bryn. Hocking used the 2016 feature film, Trolls in a scene for the two to bond and critique the movie that’s essentially depicting their lives. I found it interesting and a great use of incorporating pop culture seamlessly with the story and its characters. _____ “Yeah, yeah.’ I was sitting on the stool, trying to pretend that I wasn’t scared by the sight of the monstrous needle. Honestly, I would’ve classified it as a small metal tube. Needles were thin, petite, less aggressive. Bryn was watching me with an amused gaze. When Dagny put on her gloves, snapping the latex against her wrist, I flinched, and Bryn laughed. ‘I didn’t know you were afraid of needles,’ she said. I bristled. ‘I’m not afraid of them. I just don’t like them.” ______ Hocking also used Ulla’s particular feelings about needles as another way to incorporate humour while adding to Bryn’s involvement and interactions with Ulla and Dagny. This was both relatable and funny! Now here comes the bad. So I had a few things that have stuck with me throughout this whole book and now that I’ve finished it knowing that there isn’t another one coming, I have a few comments. First, the amount of foreign words that were present throughout the story in general. There were WAY too many and it affected the readability of the story. I think if there were fewer words or more explanation to each it might have worked better without impacting the plot. This might have also attributed to the overall length of the story which seemed to run too long and added confusion. Plus many of the words were very similar! Making it even harder to tell which was which. Next, we have “The Lost Month”. This was the major plot point at the beginning of this book where Ulla and her friends couldn’t remember what happened at the end of book 2 when they were held captive. Ulla retrieved her memory back in scattered flashbacks triggered by events happening in the present which makes sense but the way it felt was exhaustive. It seemed to piggyback the original story of Ulla and her unknown parents. This lost month seemed to take the light away from her trying to figure out her family thinking it had something to do with this lost time. Her lineage plot point was already proving to be more complicated than she ever thought possible and then Hocking threw this broken memory twist into the mix. I was not a fan. I think with how complicated the blood relations were with Ulla and some of the other characters were more than enough for this trilogy and this lost memory only added more confusion where it wasn’t needed. I don’t think the way it was executed worked the way they wanted it to. It served to further Ulla’s story a little bit but not enough for all of the confusion it caused while I read it. And whatever happened to Pan finally resolving his own blood family? They wouldn’t let him confirm his theories of who it was and especially with it having to do with a royal blood line I found that to be a little farfetched considering royals always want to know their blood relations. This also proved to be slightly disappointing in the fact that this could have been explored and tied into the story as he also had a similar issue like Ulla. I just think it was a wasted opportunity because I was intrigued to know more about the cute and nerdy love interest but ended up not knowing that much about him. There is an unforeseen death to be had in the final battle which I will not disclose but you have been warned. It is a SHOCK! And I am still reeling from it. The last thing I want to mention is the presence of the Ogonen. These were higher beings said to have the ability to read minds and seem to resemble what you might call, extra-terrestrials. They were described WAY too much and every time they were mentioned I felt like I was reading about a government conspiracy. I think that was the negative side effect of trying to make them scary (because they were so unknown) and mysterious. I liked where they fit into the story at the end but I think the description and all of their mentions were a bit too much. Near the end of the book we also get to see more of the final battle as it unfolded by the addition of chapters featuring Bryn and Wendy’s perspective. It opened the scope of the battle and once again showcased characters from her other books, including a scene with Loki running to Finn’s aid with genuine concern after finding out that he was trapped. It was adorable and appreciated! I love all of Hocking’s easter eggs from her other series but again this does not affect the reading experience if this is the first trilogy you’ve read by her. They all link together but can be read separately! I recommend starting with Switched and then the Frostfire trilogy before starting the Omte Origins but it doesn’t have to be read in that fashion. If you liked these books and haven’t read the others, do it! And vice versa. Each trilogy has its own merit and you will fall in love with the world of Trylle no matter which one you start with!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    **I received this book from netgalley in exchange for a review** This review will serve as my break-up review to Amanda Hocking. I have read six whole books of hers at this point, and I did not enjoy myself. It’s not her, it’s me. I really just didn’t vibe with the world, the dialogue, or the characters. After the grand finale of book 2, I really thought we were finally going to jump straight into plot. Unfortunately, we did not... Once again there’s a too-long, uneventful opening. And once again, **I received this book from netgalley in exchange for a review** This review will serve as my break-up review to Amanda Hocking. I have read six whole books of hers at this point, and I did not enjoy myself. It’s not her, it’s me. I really just didn’t vibe with the world, the dialogue, or the characters. After the grand finale of book 2, I really thought we were finally going to jump straight into plot. Unfortunately, we did not... Once again there’s a too-long, uneventful opening. And once again, not a single interesting thing happens until around 60%. Almost every character has less personality than stale bread and I could not possibly care any less about what happens to them. (Dagny's back must be killing her after carrying the weight of this trilogy on her shoulders.) As a whole, this entire trilogy fell so flat. It feels like a forced return to a successful world on Hocking’s part. There was hardly any plot, and very few moments of intensity (that weren’t actually that intense since the characters are amorphous blobs of cobbled-together told-not-shown traits). All three of these books could have been combined into one mildly compelling story. There are tons of random plot holes held together by prayers and duct tape. With every new contradiction, Hocking just throws in another random loophole to make it work. From a technical standpoint, the repeated use of words many times in a single paragraph or even the same sentence makes reading feel jagged. The romance was technically slow-burn, but it was so underdeveloped that it still managed to give off insta-love vibes. The intimate scene later in the book was so cringey. I literally skimmed. I NEVER SKIM STEAM (if it can even be called steam). Suddenly giving side characters POV chapters at 75% is a stylistic choice I can get behind... When it’s done right. Here, it felt so random and jarring, and not really necessarily or additive to the progression of the storyline. It might have been a nice little fan service if I had a) enjoyed the original Trylle trilogy or b) even read the Kanin trilogy. But as it was, I honestly kept forgetting who was narrating what because their voices were indistinct and the battle was raging in all of them. The closing battle itself was weak. All three villains died too quickly and easily (in the space of about a paragraph each). I think that Hocking just doesn’t know how to write battle scenes. She tried to up the ante by cutting back and forth between POVs but this just made the story chaotic. The stakes didn’t seem high enough. Yes, the protagonists were still fighting for their lives but it should have been more of an effort, physically or emotionally, to take down the major antagonists. The major protagonist deaths were also quick/ boring. (view spoiler)[Bryn deserved better. (hide spoiler)]

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cath

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Alright, friends. This is going to have a world of spoilers, so don’t read if you haven’t finished the book. I honestly have very mixed emotions about this and I probably should wait to write this review, but I need to process. From the beginning of the third book, I felt it was kind of repetitive in that there were many summaries of what happened in the first two books. But I guess if you didn’t read all three in a matter of weeks, maybe it was helpful. There was so much buildup to this final b Alright, friends. This is going to have a world of spoilers, so don’t read if you haven’t finished the book. I honestly have very mixed emotions about this and I probably should wait to write this review, but I need to process. From the beginning of the third book, I felt it was kind of repetitive in that there were many summaries of what happened in the first two books. But I guess if you didn’t read all three in a matter of weeks, maybe it was helpful. There was so much buildup to this final battle and Ulla’s parents and everything that happened, but parts of it were very confusing. Like when the Ögonen showed Ulla the entire troll history?? There were so many different parts to follow that I read it twice before I got it. And basically the entire story happened because the Ögonen were trapped on earth when they belonged in Alfheim. It seemed like the first trolls tricked the Ögonen into sleeping so they could inhabit earth and the Ögonen weren’t happy about it. It was never really the Älvolk that were trying to get across the bridge. It was always about the Ögonen. They wanted it to happen. But why the spiders appeared in the memories to stop Ulla from knowing everything...I’m really not sure. Maybe a way to make the book longer or throw readers off track from figuring it out? I don’t know. But you get to the end and you find out that the trolls don’t actually have power. Which explains some things in their world, but it’s also kind of upsetting. As a reader, I found their powers fascinating. And Bryn tried to find the other sister but we don’t ever get to find out what happened. She left and then we see her again at the war so that was kind of annoying. And she dies so we will never really know. I was upset about Bryn’s death because I like her as a character, but I understand that it isn’t realistic for everyone to come back alive. I definitely also had mixed opinions on the three different perspectives of the war. I think it was an interesting technique and it brought readers back to the characters of all three series, but it also felt abrupt. I don’t know what I was expecting to happen in the end, but it wasn’t this. I think I am still slightly confused by this entire series and need to process a little more. All in all, Amanda Hocking is a very talented writer and I am glad I read this series. I love her books and her style of writing. It’s creative and detailed and she truly knows all of her characters and the worlds they inhabit. But now I need to figure them out. This may be edited in the future after my thoughts have been collected. Until then, let me know what you thought of this series and check out more reviews on my blog! https://cathwrites42.wixsite.com/cath

  16. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    THE EVER AFTER is the final book in the YA fantasy Omte Origins series, and it goes out with a bang. At the beginning of the book, we join Ulla on a plane that she cannot remember getting onto and at a time that is later than the last she remembers. As for what happened during her missing month, she knows that it must have been important, and the hints of memories she gets suggests that horrific things were done to her and her companions. As Ulla tries to put together her missing memories from th THE EVER AFTER is the final book in the YA fantasy Omte Origins series, and it goes out with a bang. At the beginning of the book, we join Ulla on a plane that she cannot remember getting onto and at a time that is later than the last she remembers. As for what happened during her missing month, she knows that it must have been important, and the hints of memories she gets suggests that horrific things were done to her and her companions. As Ulla tries to put together her missing memories from that month, she and her friends must learn quickly - as they soon begin to learn that the fate of the world may depend on their memories and action on those. What I loved: This world is fascinating with trolls, magic, and connections to other worlds. Ulla is on a quest to figure out who she is and why she was abandoned as an infant - and the answers have been anything but forthcoming. She was led to a man who claims to be her and other trolls' father, leaving many dead in his wake. Her quest for family and belonging is understandable and the questions that arise during this search lead her to reevaluate the importance of blood vs found family. I found these themes intriguing, though they are definitely overshadowed by the mysteries of the missing memories. The plot moved really quickly at first as we puzzle through the sparse memories with Ulla. The end switches gears a bit, but I really enjoyed the first parts of the book and the search for memories and family. I also really loved that the conclusion surprised me with its reveals about this world at large. What left me wanting more: The latter part of the book suddenly changes points-of-view to give other characters' perspectives, and I found this a bit jarring to keep switching perspectives, and it took me out of the story a bit. There were also some leaps made in terms of the plot that were at times hard to go with the flow, as they created a lot of questions, but they were necessary for the story - I would have liked a bit more explanation around certain things so that I could understand why particular characters did what they did/switched gears at times. The romance also felt lackluster to me, but it was a background plot by quite a bit, so this did not bother me as much. Final verdict: Overall, THE EVER AFTER is an intriguing conclusion to the Omte Origins trilogy. With mystery, action, and found family, this series is perfect for fans of YA fantasy and Hocking's earlier books. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Original review posted on my blog From Ink to Paper I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was excited to continue my journey with the Omte Trilogy and see how the series came to a close. I did enjoy the book, however it did not live up to my expectations of what I thought it was going to be. I felt that beginning drug on a bit and it could have been shortened and it would have given the reader just as much information. Some of it was actually kind of c Original review posted on my blog From Ink to Paper I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was excited to continue my journey with the Omte Trilogy and see how the series came to a close. I did enjoy the book, however it did not live up to my expectations of what I thought it was going to be. I felt that beginning drug on a bit and it could have been shortened and it would have given the reader just as much information. Some of it was actually kind of confusing trying to figure out what was happening and who all the different places and tribes were. Once I got past that part though it got better and I got more engaged in it. I especially liked the final battle scene where you get all these different monster described and I just was imagining them in my head. The story was written well, but I did feel again the beginning was a little drawn out and confusing. Once it got going the story really got going and it was exciting to see where it was going to take you. It was nice seeing a lot of the characters from the previous books come together and become involved in the story once again. I was happy with how it ended mostly, there was one death that I was super upset about because it did not seem like they had to die and then there were some I was happy about. The book had some adventure, romance, drama, and even some funny parts. The characters were well written and of course I was rooting for the good guys to win. I also was rooting for Ulla and Pan and I was not disappointed so I was happy about that. I was actually surprised there was a steamy scene in this one and there haven’t been those in the others, or even really the other series. The supporting character I liked that they got a good amount of time and you learned more about them. I especially liked what we learned about Jem. Overall this has been a fun series to read and I have enjoyed getting to once again be part of the Tryell universe. It is fun to see how all the different series come together again in this one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lucretia

    I loved this fantastic conclusion to the epic trilogy and the Trylle worlds. What a wild and magical ride it's been. This book has everything you would expect or want in a climax. There were more reveals, and mind-blowing revelations with them. The complex world came together masterfully. I can't even express how much I loved the complexity of the hierarchies, political structure, and the brilliant way that wrapped around the themes. There were epic confrontations, both emotional and action packe I loved this fantastic conclusion to the epic trilogy and the Trylle worlds. What a wild and magical ride it's been. This book has everything you would expect or want in a climax. There were more reveals, and mind-blowing revelations with them. The complex world came together masterfully. I can't even express how much I loved the complexity of the hierarchies, political structure, and the brilliant way that wrapped around the themes. There were epic confrontations, both emotional and action packed. Family and friends had to reevaluate themselves and each other at several points, in some high intensity drama amid the need to get to the bottom of things. Character development right up until the end. Oh and my feels, there are some places that are gut punches. I'm deliberately leaving out names because not everyone I adored makes it and I never want to spoil the story for anyone else. On the other end of the drama there were fast-paced, high tension battles. Wow those action sequences! I just loved every single edge of the seat second. The aftermath of the truths leaves you with as much to ponder as the characters as the themes which were discreetly woven throughout form a tight net, catching you in the profound end. I can't wait to see what new worlds Amanda Hocking creates next.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    The Ever After by Amanda Hocking concludes the Omte Origins trilogy, and I am not entirely certain how I feel about it. On one hand, various revelations were finally brought to light, and I was glad to have those things cleared up. On the other hand, I felt that many aspects of the trilogy and the troll universe in general were left undefined, and if this was supposed to be the final of all these books by Hocking, it left a lot to be desired. Furthermore, the pacing of this book was off for me. I The Ever After by Amanda Hocking concludes the Omte Origins trilogy, and I am not entirely certain how I feel about it. On one hand, various revelations were finally brought to light, and I was glad to have those things cleared up. On the other hand, I felt that many aspects of the trilogy and the troll universe in general were left undefined, and if this was supposed to be the final of all these books by Hocking, it left a lot to be desired. Furthermore, the pacing of this book was off for me. I spent probably the first 65-70% waiting and WAITING for something worthwhile to happen, and when the storyline finally picked up, it frankly turned into an avalanche of jumbled action scenes and info dumping. It felt like too much in too little time. Then the thing that bothered me most: the death of a particular character, whom I won't mention by name for spoiler reasons. It just seemed completely nonsensical. Seriously. I saw no purpose in having it done, and it was brushed over very quickly and relatively easily, as if it wasn't really that big of a deal. I seriously considered rating this as 2 stars, but the writing wasn't terrible and I did want to finish out the trilogy. I didn't get the closure I was hoping for though. ***I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley.***

  20. 5 out of 5

    MizzyRed

    I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. After the last book ending in such a cliffhanger with the whole group in a cell, waiting to have their memories wiped of their visit to Sweden and the First City, I couldn't wait to get a hold of the last book so that I could finally get some answers with the mystery of Ulla's origins and where Eliana was since there had been no luck finding her in the second book. There are many twists and turns in this I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. After the last book ending in such a cliffhanger with the whole group in a cell, waiting to have their memories wiped of their visit to Sweden and the First City, I couldn't wait to get a hold of the last book so that I could finally get some answers with the mystery of Ulla's origins and where Eliana was since there had been no luck finding her in the second book. There are many twists and turns in this book and what I thought was fact turned out not to be. Ulla travels (with Pan and other friends) to several cities and places to try to find the truth and recover the memories (that she keeps getting intriguing flashes of) that had been cruelly taken from her. Fairy tales become truth and there is a faction trying to get to a mythical (or not so much anymore) kingdom. two thirds of the book build it up slowly (I wanted it to hurry up) but the last third has non stop action as Ulla and friends try to save the world from otherworldly monsters and that makes for an exciting finish! I liked this book and this trilogy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alli

    I received this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. To start this review, I acknowledge that I read all three books in this series in one day, and prior to today, I have not read anything by this author before. Compared to the first two books in this trilogy, this is the best one. Once it gets started, it is fast paced and the story is very good. I enjoyed the ending in particular, and the issues that I had in the earlier books about characterization were mostly resolved in thi I received this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. To start this review, I acknowledge that I read all three books in this series in one day, and prior to today, I have not read anything by this author before. Compared to the first two books in this trilogy, this is the best one. Once it gets started, it is fast paced and the story is very good. I enjoyed the ending in particular, and the issues that I had in the earlier books about characterization were mostly resolved in this book. This is supported by the fact that many of the chapters take you into the side characters point of view, though this was not perhaps the best application of that storytelling technique. This helped hide the fact, to a degree, that the plot for this trilogy, which wraps up here, is not particularly strong. I enjoyed the ending of the book, though I do think that it and the resolution of the book are too quick. If readers have enjoyed the other books in the series, they will probably like this one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Kenyon

    Ulla finds herself returning home on a plane with a month’s worth of memories missing. She remembers finding her father, but everything after that is surrounded by a haze. She quickly learns that her friends have also lost this time when they returned from the same trip separately. When Ulla thinks she has found a sister, a new adventure is begun, but will she find any answers this time? As the few truths she has are turned on their head, what else will Ulla discover about her past? The Ever Afte Ulla finds herself returning home on a plane with a month’s worth of memories missing. She remembers finding her father, but everything after that is surrounded by a haze. She quickly learns that her friends have also lost this time when they returned from the same trip separately. When Ulla thinks she has found a sister, a new adventure is begun, but will she find any answers this time? As the few truths she has are turned on their head, what else will Ulla discover about her past? The Ever After is the third and final book in The Omte Origins trilogy. This spin-off of the Trylle series gave a lot of closure, but also makes me sad to have no more adventures in this fantastic world. Hocking’s world-building gave her access to unlimited storylines and these adventures were fun and exciting. The Omte Origins can be enjoyed on its own, but this third installment must be read after the first two books. The Ever After is a great fantasy adventure that was well worth the wait.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lizz

    The Ever After is the third and final book in the Omte Origins series. The ever after picks up where the morning flower ends, which was easy to pick up and right into the action. There was a lot of info at the beginning, back and forth between the present and Ulla trying to determine what happened in the lost month. I felt some parts dragged a little, but I suppose all the books were a little info heavy to assist in getting the ever after to this point. I enjoyed the descriptive writing and the cont The Ever After is the third and final book in the Omte Origins series. The ever after picks up where the morning flower ends, which was easy to pick up and right into the action. There was a lot of info at the beginning, back and forth between the present and Ulla trying to determine what happened in the lost month. I felt some parts dragged a little, but I suppose all the books were a little info heavy to assist in getting the ever after to this point. I enjoyed the descriptive writing and the continuation of world building that the author does so well, bringing magical and mythical beings to life. I thoroughly enjoyed the multiple POV’s towards the end of the book, some of which I would of loved to see in the previous books in the series. Overall a fitting end to a good series, and while their was loss and heartbreak towards the end, the book as a whole was a great ever after to the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Blue

    Want to see more... Bookstagram Website Thank you Macmillan Publishing for this book in exchange for an honest review The way the second book left off, I thought we were going to be in for a powerful start to book three, since book two spent a lot of time building up the suspense. Alas, we start the book going more along the plots of inner dialogue, conversations and still staying with the slow build up to the last third of the book, which is where the plot really grows, and the action takes plac Want to see more... Bookstagram Website Thank you Macmillan Publishing for this book in exchange for an honest review The way the second book left off, I thought we were going to be in for a powerful start to book three, since book two spent a lot of time building up the suspense. Alas, we start the book going more along the plots of inner dialogue, conversations and still staying with the slow build up to the last third of the book, which is where the plot really grows, and the action takes place. I still really enjoy Hocking’s writing style; I have a dozen of her books and I have enjoyed them but I honestly feel as though this series just didn’t hit the mark of her talent. The closing battle, which was the highlight of the book, which is where you really get drawn into the story. Unfortunately, this just didn’t tick all the boxes for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from St. Martin's Press - Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. With The Ever After being the last book in the series, I was expecting the best for last and I certainly was not disappointed. There were so many exciting moments throughout the book that I had to continue reading. My heart was racing non stop and I think I might have gotten a few screams out of me especially towards the This book was received as an ARC from St. Martin's Press - Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. With The Ever After being the last book in the series, I was expecting the best for last and I certainly was not disappointed. There were so many exciting moments throughout the book that I had to continue reading. My heart was racing non stop and I think I might have gotten a few screams out of me especially towards the end but our young readers and fans of this series will certainly be excited to read this book. Amanda Hocking is ver popular with our young readers. I can't wait to share this title with our teen book club once it is released. We will consider adding this title to our YA collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Whiskey & Wit Book Reviews

    Gathering so many MVPs into an already complex storyline would give most writers anxiety - Hocking dominated it! Ulla's finale seamlessly encompasses the culmination of Hocking's World of Trylle. The Ever After pulls in each and every noteworthy character from series' past lending level-headed Ulla guidance, recovering memories, shoulders to cry on, friendship, and royal negotiating skills. Hocking's World coalesces into an army to save trolls and humanity alike. AH doesn't bog the reader down wi Gathering so many MVPs into an already complex storyline would give most writers anxiety - Hocking dominated it! Ulla's finale seamlessly encompasses the culmination of Hocking's World of Trylle. The Ever After pulls in each and every noteworthy character from series' past lending level-headed Ulla guidance, recovering memories, shoulders to cry on, friendship, and royal negotiating skills. Hocking's World coalesces into an army to save trolls and humanity alike. AH doesn't bog the reader down with massive back history, but there is just enough to refresh the memory. Each Trylle World series is exceptionally well-written, but I imagine Omte had to have been the most difficult with its sheer number of POVs. Loved It! *Note - How to know when an author really loves her job and loves her fans - when they give you a killer Glossary! Kris Whiskey & Wit Book Reviews

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michaela Whitney

    Thank you NetGalley for the chance to read this early for a review. I was sneaky and read this immediately after reading The Morning Flower, because I was dying to see what was next, and got approved for this the same day. I dove in head first to see where Ulla Tulin was headed. In the last book we have Ulla searching for the direction she thinks her parents were from and all signs seem to point twords the First City a myth and legendary place and the Alfar (people thought to be from Alfheim) and t Thank you NetGalley for the chance to read this early for a review. I was sneaky and read this immediately after reading The Morning Flower, because I was dying to see what was next, and got approved for this the same day. I dove in head first to see where Ulla Tulin was headed. In the last book we have Ulla searching for the direction she thinks her parents were from and all signs seem to point twords the First City a myth and legendary place and the Alfar (people thought to be from Alfheim) and the Alvolk. Also while trying to find Eliana and the mysterious Jem-Kruk and his connection to her. After being held hostage by the Alvolk and the man presumed to be her father for what they’re calling “the lost month” – where everyone who came along- Pan, Dagny, Elof and Ulla are all missing their memories. Ulla comes to on a plane alone, with nothing but a children’s book and a few weird articles of clothing on the way back to Forening. After Queen Wendy traded a mysterious flower for their release. Ulla spends time trying to regain her memories. This book really goes deep, I love the combo of Nordic and Troll mythologies that Amanda has been working on throughout this series finally combine into one big event tying all our major characters over the series together. Ulla finds who her parents really are. As do a few other major characters get the real answers. And the Truth about the Alfar and the Alvolk as people comes out, the truth about the Troll world comes out, that ending really sucked the air out of the room. I was sad to see some favorite characters not make it through the end. That was pretty gutting. It really hit us where it hurts. But it was a nice tie up for the entire series, even if it felt bitter sweet.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I am so sad to say that I really didn't like this last book! I felt the first book was slow, the second book really picked up and we got to know the characters and dove into some intriguing plot. And then the third book. So disappointing! I felt there was a lot of redundant dialogue, very little character development, the plot jumped ALL over the place and was never fully fleshed out correctly. Such a strange combination of being bored, but also so incredibly confused, or disappointed in how sce I am so sad to say that I really didn't like this last book! I felt the first book was slow, the second book really picked up and we got to know the characters and dove into some intriguing plot. And then the third book. So disappointing! I felt there was a lot of redundant dialogue, very little character development, the plot jumped ALL over the place and was never fully fleshed out correctly. Such a strange combination of being bored, but also so incredibly confused, or disappointed in how scenes played out. I got as far as the battle scenes and just gave up. It felt disjointed and I couldn't do it. I had high hopes for this conclusive book, but it fell short, unfortunately. Thank you NetGalley and Wednesday Books for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I thought this was a fantastic end to this trilogy. It was action packed, occasionally unpredictable, and longer than I thought it would be. While some of the character development was a touch convoluted (change came about quickly with little provocation), it was mostly easy to follow and personalities were well=established. The ending was realistically optimistic, by which I mean that it was certainly not "Happily Ever After" for everyone. Most characters experienced loss and grief. I was pleas I thought this was a fantastic end to this trilogy. It was action packed, occasionally unpredictable, and longer than I thought it would be. While some of the character development was a touch convoluted (change came about quickly with little provocation), it was mostly easy to follow and personalities were well=established. The ending was realistically optimistic, by which I mean that it was certainly not "Happily Ever After" for everyone. Most characters experienced loss and grief. I was pleased with the ending to the trilogy. The end tied it up nicely, but I could see it being open enough for another spin-off series. I wouldn't be disappointed at all if that were to come about. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for providing a copy of this e-book for review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jinsok Maitri

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. First off, I love this author. This particular book is the third book in the third (and final) story set in the world of the Trylle. It follows a troll named Ulla who is searching for her birth parents. Along the way, everything comes to a head and the main characters from each trilogy come together to make things right. This book has a ton of adventure and several strong female char Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. First off, I love this author. This particular book is the third book in the third (and final) story set in the world of the Trylle. It follows a troll named Ulla who is searching for her birth parents. Along the way, everything comes to a head and the main characters from each trilogy come together to make things right. This book has a ton of adventure and several strong female characters. It is very imaginative and has a gripping storyline. Amanda Hocking writes believable characters in a fantasy world and does a great job of world building. I recommend this book for everyone who likes mythical creatures and the paranormal.

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