Island Chaptal and the Ancient Aliens' Treasure (Spotless #5)
By Camilla Monk
Originally Published May 12th, 2020
Singular POV, First Person
My Indiana Jones wanna-be heart is beating proud. I am whole again. I would die for Island Chaptal; I would kill for March.
Spotless is securely in place on my Favorite Series of All-Time list. I had never read anything like it. It was such a perfect blend of quirkiness, action, romance, and adventure. I still don't even know how to classify the series, which genre to put it under, because it is one-of-a-kind. I own the ebooks, the audiobooks (which are fantastic), and the physical copies. Book four, Butterfly In Amber, was supposed to be the end, the finale. I consider it divine intervention that I only now discovered this amazing series after Camilla Monk decided to write one more book, because, if I had truly thought book four was the last, I may not have recovered. Let me explain...
Butterfly in Amber, book four, is the only book in this series I didn't give five stars. It's purely for reasons having to do with the fact that Monk GUTTED ME. RIPPED MY HEART OUT AND LEFT ME BLEEDING ON THE FLOOR. Sure, she left me a needle and thread beside my body in order for me to sew myself up. Needle and thread in the form of the last few chapters in book four that didn't exactly round the series up, didn't exactly give me a perfect HEA as promised. For me, there were so many emotional strings to tie up that were left to blow in the wind. Book four left me in a reading funk, unable to move on and give book five a go, unable to read anything else at all.
I have a feeling, now, after finally reading book five, that my reread of this series will bump up my rating of Butterfly In Amber. Truly, I shouldn't hold the book against itself considering it made me feel so much, which is proof of Monk's incredible writing. Very rarely do I truly 100% like the MC in a book, choosing to obsess over the side characters instead. Usually, I do that thing where I project myself into the story because I can't connect with the MC otherwise. Not so in Spotless. I rooted for and have loved Island this entire journey, as much as I loved all of the side characters. I want to be her friend so, so much. Hell, at this point I want to be friends with Camilla Monk. The woman is a marvel of ingenious writing, character development, world-building, and pin-point accuracy when it comes to all the places Island travels to and the mechanics of all the technology and weapons.
Island Chaptal and the Ancient Aliens' Treasure harkens back to the heart of this series. Chaos, crazy shenanigans, and the sweetest, most intoxicating romance ensue. Months after the ending of book four, Island's best friend Joy finds herself in a foreign country's jail cell after throwing a cake at her boyfriend's sidepiece. Calling in favors from familiar faces, March and Island head off to rescue her, but when they arrive, they discover a plot involving the Alien Hunters TV show Joy's (now) ex worked on. Drawn into a conspiracy Island's nerdy heart is excited to actually believe in, she, March, Joy, and other friends set off to discover the truth behind an ancient tomb and a secret sect that defends it.
Mummies, mystery, maniacal sloths--Island Chaptal and the Ancient Aliens' Treasure was a balm to my tender heart, to all the wounds left over from book four. Monk gave me everything I wanted, everything I needed, by deciding to write one more book in the Spotless series. For that, I thank her from the bottom of my heart. The loose ends I felt were still very loose from book four were tied off, one of which was particularly bittersweet, but welcomed all the same. Spotless will be a regular reread for me and now has a place on my bookshelves--always.