Book Review: Damned Either Way (The Harker Trilogy Book 3) by Erin Hayes

The apocalypse has been unleashed, and vampires everywhere are going mad with hunger. Although now separated, both Edie and Jude are on their way to Austin with the same goal: to kill the one responsible and end his reign of terror, even though one knows how.

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Title: Damned Either Way
Book Number: Book 3
Pages: 312
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
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This was the third and final book in the trilogy, so even though I wasn’t blown away by the first two, I wanted to read this one because I wanted to know how everything would end, especially after the way the second book ended.

It was interesting seeing the fallout from the things that happened in Book 2, and I thought the plot was once again solid and unpredictable at times, albeit pretty slow-paced.

As for the characters, their voices sounded a little stronger this time, so that was good. But, maybe because the first person POV didn’t work for me and I never got that invested in them in the earlier books, I still didn’t feel that much for them. I didn’t dislike them though—they were still characters you could root for.

I was glad the disability stayed realistic through to the end since I was still concerned it might be cured with magic. And Edie still had her scars.

So overall, not a bad series—it had some unpredictability and surprises that I appreciated, and the plot was good—but I guess it wasn’t quite for me since I never really felt much depth or emotion from the characters. Anyone who likes plot-focused books may enjoy it more though.


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  1. Olivia Roach

    Not really xD When I don’t feel anything for the characters I basically don’t even root for them or sometimes even end up rooting for the villains :p I know, I’m a bad reader xD I am impressed you read the whole series though, and I am glad the disability rep stayed strong and the character voices even improved in this last book. Not a bad way to end on the series, it seems.

    1. Kristen Burns

      You root for the villain, haha, I love it. What happened with this one was I got the first two as review copies, so then I figured I might as well finish since I was invested enough to want to know that ending. It wasn’t like it was terrible, just kind of lacking in oomph for me.

  2. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

    I’m impressed that you finished a trilogy that was just ok for you. I think I would have stopped after the first book, but I know sometimes series get better as they go along, so I totally understand wanting to finish😁

    1. Kristen Burns

      Lol what happeend with this one was that I got the first 2 as review copies, so I just read them both, and then I was invested enough in the story to want to know how it would end. And sometimes series do get better!

  3. Cee Arr

    Ha, the chick on the cover seems to be channelling Gerard Way circa Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge – she’s got the attitude and everything! Lovin’ it 😉

  4. Lola

    That reminds me that I still haven’t read this one. It sounds like a good ending to the series and that’s good the disability didn’t get magically cured as I was wondering about that too.Too bad you couldn’t fully connect with the character,s but at least the plot sounds well done.

  5. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Yay for a disability sticking around ’til the end in any kind of fantasy read because the magical cure is annoying. Glad to hear the series managed to pack in a couple of surprises for you too, I hate when things get too predictable because you only get bored. It just sucks you didn’t enjoy it more.