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.
This was a fun read. Here's the quick rundown:
*The book was easy to devour.
*It was entertaining from the very first page.
*The premise was intriguing.
* It set up book #2 quite well.
*That ending brought the whole rating up... what a twist!
*The writing was just on the right side of good. The love story was extremely frustrating... hot cold, colder, lukewarm, freezing, tepid etc... the sexier scenes never managed to get my heart thumping or hormones pumping which was not only frustrating, but disappointing to boot... I was looking forward to some steamy bits but alas, it was not meant to be.
*The characters were iffy. I found Harley (our stubborn, resilient, kick butt female MC) a bit hard to like. Yes, she loved her sister with every ounce of her being... a likeable quality but she played the consummate dejected broody loner card a little too hard... we were bludgeoned over the head with her brokenness and 'screw the world' attitude over and over again... WE GET IT, SHE'S DEBASED, DEPRAVED AND DETACHED FROM LIFE... Let's move on people. Then there's Draven. Draven is our preternatural male MC love interest (nonspoiler there, trust me it's evident from their first couple of interactions... cue stalkerish, possible insta-love music), is hard to love as well ALTHOUGH (to be fair) he is trying to be just that... an unlikable/unlovable/enigmatic bad guy (and for pretty valid reasons) for the majority of the book. Kai, Harley's questionable best friend, is another annoyance. It is easy to suss out early on that something hinky is going on with him... he feels larger than he lets on and his disappearances throughout the book (plus some pathetic lies) make him suspicious at best and horrific at worst. One character being unreliable and unlikable is bad enough but 3?? That number is too big to ignore. I did like Kaz (the Sorcerer), Ray (Harley's little sister) and Nathan (Harley's boss) so I put a win in the secondary and tertiary character's column.
It might seem that the Cons outweigh the Pros BUT I assure you that what it had going for it was far more alluring than where it was deficient. Was this a homerun for me? With it being difficult to connect/ralate/ and get behind the primary characters plus the slightly bland(ish) writing I have to say that my answer is a resounding... Maybe! TA-DA!! Fickle? Yes, but that surprise twist in the epilogue brought up the rating and seriously piqued my interest.
If you're in the market for a decent, quick, easy, loosely biblical, Magical Realistic Fantasy with a moody broody cast, a swoon-lite love interest and a kick ass female MC then this is a good choice.
*** I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ***