Book Review: ‘True North’ by K.R. Conway

March 26, 2016     Holly     Reviews

Book Review: ‘True North’ by K.R. ConwayTrue North by K.R. Conway
Series: Undertow #3
Published by Wicked Whale on February 8, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 364
Format: ARC, Kindle Edition
Source: Review Copy
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5 Stars

For Eila Walker, history has become its own demon.

After months of trying to keep ahead of those who are hunting her, Eila is more than ready to end her days of running. But her ancestor, Elizabeth, has left a twisted legacy in her wake that shadows Eila still, nearly 170 years later.

When her grandfather reveals that he has kept a priceless piece of the past hidden in his vault on the island of Polaris, Eila and her friends are hopeful they may finally find the answers they so desperately need.
But just when Polaris is beginning to feel like a safe haven, a brutal attack leaves the group shattered. Eila, desperate to end the violence, soon finds herself drawn into the decadent underworld of the Mortis, where lies become truths, and allies . . . become killers.

After taking way too long, I’ve finally finished True North, the third novel in K.R. Conway’s “Undertow” series, and can I just say HOLY FRAK, what a ride! Honestly, from the very beginning this novel took turns that I didn’t see coming at all, and I can only imagine that the rest of the series is just going to get crazier from here on out.

True North starts right where Stormfront left off, with Eila discovering the secrets Christian has kept hidden in his Polaris vault for so many years. But Polaris, and Eila’s new-found peace, aren’t safe for long as the island falls under attack and View Spoiler ». From this moment on, True North is full of excitement, energy, and the unexpected, which is the main reason I’m so in love with this novel.

I mentioned in my review of Stormfront that Eila really came into her own as a badass in the second novel, and showed great character growth as a heroine and person in general. In True North, Eila proves she deserves that recognition. She’s constantly throwing her weight around as a fighter, and though she does not lack in moments of weakness, she demonstrates the amount of strength it takes to have moments of break down and sorrow. Eila is growing up right before the reader’s eyes, and that honestly makes her one of my favorite female literary characters to date. Plus I’m still super in love with Raef (and, of course, Kian) and their dedication to their girls. Who says you can’t be a badass and in love?

And it’s like Conway knows how much I adore girl power in my novels, because not only do we have Eila and Ana as characters who kick ass and take names (because P.S. Ana’s abilities as a Sway are so awesome in True North) but we also get to spend a fair amount of time with a character that I wasn’t even sure I could like: Nikki Shea. And do you want to know something? Nikki, despite her original “mean girl” trope, is actually an incredibly developed and well though out character. Her abilities as a Feon are wicked and I really wish I could do what she does. There’s more to her story than anyone could have realized, which is a huge point in True North‘s favor. (View Spoiler »)

I would be remiss to not mention the new characters who pop up in True North, the Moriartys and their crew, who own a club that houses secrets all its own. It’s very obvious that they’ll play a major role as Eila’s story continues, and without giving too much away, I think they may just end up being the game changer for Eila and her fate.

But beyond the badass ladies, and the obvious drool-worthy qualities of the Mortis men, True North is a book about overcoming loss and finding an inner strength to carry on, despite having the weight of the world crushing down on your shoulders. Do I think Eila is going to win in the end? I hope so. Am I going to enjoy every moment of watching her and her companions get there? Absolutely.

Last Light, the next book in Conway’s “Undertow” series will arrive in 2017. I can’t wait!

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