*I received an ecopy of this book via Xpresso Book Tours. This has in no way influenced my review.*
I gotta hand it to this author—she really doesn’t make things easy and perfect and happy for her characters. Most books are predictable in that you know certain characters won’t die or that certain terrible things won’t happen, but that is not the case with the books in this series. And as someone who likes books that are darker and unpredictable, I appreciate that. I thought the end of Book 1 would be about the worst that would happen, and I thought the thing that was taken from Edie would somehow be returned to her, but I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong (which probably makes me sound like a sadist, but you know what I mean). Of course Book 3 could change that, so we’ll see.
I’m also happy to say I did get more into this book and enjoy it a little more than I did the first one. I still felt that the two POV characters’ voices sounded the same, but the first person present tense sounded smoother this time at least. And the characters still didn’t have as much depth as I would’ve liked, but they had a little more, and I cared what happened to them.
I think the thing that kept me most hooked though was the plot. It flowed well, there were new stakes and revelations, and I really wanted to know what would happen.
So overall, I ended up liking this book better than the first one, and the unpredictable and interesting plot kept me hooked!
Fans of Book 1 in Erin Hayes's Harker Trilogy. Anyone who likes urban fantasy, vampires, and unpredictable plots.