I want to start by saying I really like the whole Creepy Hollow series. The first three books especially are like a fun, whirlwind of action and lovable characters (they’re all good, but I will always be biased toward the original main characters).
What’s funny though is that I really disliked the first half of this book. Like, wanted-to-stop-reading disliked it. The interactions between Violet and Nate and their reactions to everything felt unrealistic. Maybe I just wasn’t a Nate fan? Or maybe I’ve just already forgotten what it’s like to be a teenager? Regardless, I kept reading, thinking maybe it would get better, and this was one of those rare cases in which it actually did! So I don’t say this to scare anyone off, but rather to tell anyone who ends up feeling the same way I did not to give up on the book. I’m SO glad I stayed with it because about halfway through…
Ryn was an asshole. A really lovable asshole. Who maybe wasn’t quite as much of an asshole as he wanted people to think.
He was witty, charming, and brutally honest, and I loved every second of it. He brought the depth, emotion, and realism I like in books, and the friends-turned-enemies relationship between him and Violet was both entertaining and intriguing. I was dying to know more about him and his backstory.
Also around the time that he entered, the story picked up more, and Violet’s interactions/reactions become much more believable. In other words, everything that bothered me about the first half was fixed. The characters were likeable and three dimensional (Ryn is one of my favorite characters period, not even just in this series), the plot was action-packed and kept me wanting to know what would happen, and the characters and situations were the perfect level of maturity for teens and adults to enjoy and relate to.
This was also the first faerie book I’d ever read, and it turned out to be a good choice for my introduction because this book was fully immersed in the fae realm of Rachel Morgan’s creation without being too complicated or confusing, and everything I needed to know was explained without ever info-dumping.
All things considered, in the end, I really liked the book and think it’s a great read for fantasy-newbies and fantasy-regulars alike!
Anyone who likes action-packed YA urban fantasy with faeries, lovable, kickass characters, and just enough emotion to make you feel invested!