Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
I'm just trying to light up the world as much as I can one SciFi/paranormal/fantasy/space opera/time travel book at a time.
Fair warning: I did not read, or even know about, the first book in the series when I ventured into this world. I don't know where my brain was with that fail BUT not having read book 1 didn't detract from my enjoyment of this one so please take that into consideration when reading my thoughts on the matter.
I listened to this via Audible and I have to admit that I think the narrator added just the right touch... some je ne sais quoi. She painted a much more vivid mental picture than the cinema in my brain could have and being a die hard ereader junkie, admitting that was something akin to passing a kidney stone BUT I digress.
This witchy story was spellbinding (hehehe)! I love love LOVED the familial dynamics, especially between the sisters!! Their unshakable bond was both heartwarming and inspirational. I even liked Lula's relationship and banter with Lady de la Muerta. This exciting tale had zombie like creatures, witches, vampires, magical being hunters and more all cohabiting and coalescing around a place very near and dear to my heart. The book mostly takes place in Brooklyn NY, only minutes from where I was born and raised. Hearing the places that I have explored at length, named as the backdrop to the story created such an instant bond that I felt at once attached and wholeheartedly dialled in...I felt like I was home again. I love when Lula kept calling sirens "Brooklyn's lullaby"... like most cities, it happens to be SO true!! My daughter was lulled to sleep hearing sirens, dogs barking, bickering lovers and car doors slamming at all hours of the night and still she slept. I can't really comment on how this added or compared to book 1 but I will say that if the first is anywhere near as good as this one, I'm headed over to Audible straight away to catch up. All in all the writing was great. The world building was excellent and the characters...well the characters were captivating, endearing and made you want to root for them as well as be one of them. In my opinion it is a great read/listen.