Paths of Thorn and Flame (Dark Matter Heart Book #3) by Nathan Wrann
(Summary taken from amazon.com) "Cor, Taylor and Caitlyn fled the city, leaving a trail of chaos in their wake. Attempting to regroup, the trio learns that Caitlyn's actions have put Cor's mysterious new friend, Diana, in mortal danger. He must risk everything to save her, only to discover that she may not be who he thought she was. Secrets, lies and new enemies are uncovered down every path that Cor takes as he desperately tries to make things right and so he can ride off into the sunset in search of a normal life."
This book follows right where book #2 finished, and it is filled with lots of action, surprises, twists, turns, deception, mystery, and romance. It follows Cor, Taylor, and Caitlyn as they leave the city and try to figure out what to do next. I didn't love what they did to Orlovsky, but I guess it was better than the alternative. And, I didn't feel like that ever got fully resolved. I know it was mentioned later on, but we never saw it fully resolved. Cor made a lot of rash decisions, which drove me crazy, and I know it drove Taylor crazy as well. Cor needs to learn to calm down and think things through first. Taylor still baffles me a bit; I'm not sure a teenager could really be in his position, but you never know. I do like Taylor a lot, and I think he adds a lot to the story. Caitlyn....hmmm not too sure about her. She makes some rash decisions as well. Some good, some bad. I'm glad there was a little bit more about Diana in this book. I think she's really good for Cor. She brings a little bit more thought and calmness into his life. I liked the turn the story took in this book. I don't know if "normal" is something they will ever find, but it's worth a shot. I think the ending was ok. It left it open for another book or maybe another series. I don't know about what they did with the blood drive truck. I know they needed blood, but there had to be a better way, maybe??? I'm glad that it made Cor stop and think, though.
There is profanity, violence, gore, deaths, and some more gruesome descriptions. This book does have an "intimacy" scene. If you've read the first two books you will want to finish the series for sure.
Rating: PG 13+ (Profanity, violence, gore, deaths, gruesome descriptions, and an "intimacy" scene.)
Recommendation: College age and up
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.