*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*
This was another fun, quick read in a magic-filled urban fantasy series that managed to keep me on my toes with some surprising twists and a very different plot from the first book.
I think Tori’s past was touched upon in the previous book, but it was confronted more in this one. Oftentimes authors go to the extreme when including abuse in a story, so I liked the acknowledgement that abuse isn’t always physical, that mental and emotional abuse can be just as damaging and disparaging.
As I mentioned above, the story in this one managed to be totally different from the first, which was great because it kept things interesting. It had Tori doing more on her own, without the help of her three new sexy mage friends. There were some… not really twists, but rather some surprising elements. And I’m still not sure where certain subplots and clues are going to go, so that unpredictability is fun.
And of course there was some humor! Tori is feisty and sassy and can be very entertaining at times.
The magic was also great, but that’s no surprise as Annette Marie always does a great job of writing really interesting magic and magic systems.
Unfortunately, despite all the good things about it, and despite loving other series by this author, this series isn’t really clicking with me. Clearly I don’t think it’s bad—it’s fun! But this particular kind of sassy humor just isn’t really my thing. And although I liked Tori in the first book, this time her rash decisions seemed like forced plot points, and her attitude during times when it literally could have gotten her killed was frustrating. I had also hoped I’d get to know the characters more, but they still felt stereotypical.
Overall, even though I had some issues, I thought this was an entertaining story. And although it might not be quite for me, this is a type of humor and types of characters that I know a lot of people love. So if you’re looking for something fun and fast-paced with a sassy heroine and lots of sexy magic-users, you might love it!
Fans of Book 1 in Annette Marie's The Guild Codex: Spellbound series. Anyone who likes sassy heroines with attitude, sexy men with magic, and fun urban fantasy.