By Cynthia Leitich Smith, Candlewick Press, $17.99, 480 pages

10The final installment of the gothic trilogy, Blessed follows the story of Quincie Morris. Quincie, an orphaned teenager, is struggling to keep her parents’ restaurant open and fight off rogue vampires all while trying to suppress her own bloodlust and trying to clear her best friend’s name.

I think the highlight of this story for me was Quincie. She is a great character and I enjoyed seeing her story, along with Kieran and Zachary’s, come to a nice conclusion. Aside from Quincie, I think the other spots that I enjoyed were those which dabbled in the mythology and tale of Dracula. It was integrated well in the story, though sometimes I did feel that it took up too much room in the story. The story itself was well-written, improving from the first two books but still sharing the same hiccups of the scenes and dialogue sometimes feeling choppy or forced.

If you’re a fan of the first two books in this series, then you definitely won’t be disappointed with this one. Blessed was an entertaining and overall satisfying read.

Reviewed by Missy Wadkiins