*I received an ecopy of this book via Xpresso Book Tours. This has in no way influenced my review.*
I didn’t dislike this book, but I just never felt invested in it or connected to the characters.
One problem was the 1st person present POV. I think it backfired. It’s my least favorite POV because, from my experiences, it’s the hardest one for authors to do well. And in this case, the two characters sounded pretty much the same, and they didn’t seem to have that much depth despite the fact that I was inside their heads. It was like the writing only skimmed the surface of their thoughts and feelings and who they were.
I think that’s also why I didn’t feel the chemistry in the romance. It was like I was simply being told what their feelings were.
I actually thought the most interesting thing about the book was Edie’s relationship with her brother-in-law, Graeme. It was realistic yet complicated since he clearly hated all the vampire-hunting stuff (with good reason), he seemed to put a lot of blame on Edie, he was always mad or frustrated with her, but they were family, and he would do things like stay up late worrying about her while she was out hunting because he did care about her, even if he didn’t say it much. And Edie cared about him (as well her niece) too.
Honestly I don’t really have much else to say. The characters themselves were fine, I didn’t dislike them. The plot made sense and had a steady pace. The romance wasn’t the most believable to me, but it at least wasn’t instalove either. There were no glaring flaws or plot holes or TSTL decisions or anything. But like I said, I just didn’t feel invested.
Overall, I really wanted to like this book as it sounded like exactly my kind of read, but I mostly just feel apathetic toward it :-/ The ending was significantly more interesting though and has made me very curious about what will happen next and how the things that happened will affect Edie’s life and her relationships with certain other characters, so I’m going to give the series another shot and see if the next book does a better job of pulling me in.
Anyone who likes urban fantasy, vampires, and unpredictable plots.