*I received a free ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
While I didn’t love this book quite as much as the first one, I still enjoyed it and am glad I continued the series.
A lot of the things I liked about the first one were still present, like the realistic (rather than overdramatic and trope-filled) depiction of high school, the supportive female friendships, and the unique portrayal of the Underworld.
I also liked the characters again. Well, I actually liked Hadrian a little less because I didn’t like his pushiness and the way he assumed he knew Spencer’s feelings. Thayer, however, became more interesting, and I liked seeing his friendship with Spencer.
Another thing I really liked was how well the author showed the changing feelings and confusion inside Spencer. The love triangle has never been just sudden or out-of-nowhere. Spencer’s feelings and confusion have been a constant thing, but I mean that in a good way as I found her thoughts realistic.
I had a few issues with this book that I didn’t have with the first one though. One was that there were more grammar and spelling errors—not enough to ruin my enjoyment of the book, but enough that it’s worth mentioning since I know some people are more bothered by that. Another was that a few small things didn’t quite make sense to me, like what the point is of Thayer marking people for death if people can still die before their time. I also disagreed with some of Spencer’s reasoning for her love triangle decision, *SPOILER ALERT* I’m not saying she didn’t make the right choice for herself, just that I don’t think it means you’re no longer in love when the butterflies are gone. *END SPOILER ALERT* Lastly, I really don’t like in books when the MC’s best friends just so happen to end up having feelings for the love interest’s best friends and vice versa because the odds of that actually happening are slim to none. The progression of the relationships was written in a natural enough way, but that just always bothers me.
Overall though, I still thought the story was strong, most of the characters were likeable, and the emotional war inside Spencer’s head about the love triangle was really well written, and I enjoyed reading it!
Fans of Book 1 in Chani Lynn Feener's Underworld series. YA urban fantasy readers who like Greek mythology, books set in the Underworld, love triangles, great female friendships, and mature YA characters.