Author: Kelley Armstrong
Summary: In the aftermath of her mother’s murder, Paige broke with the elite, ultraconservative American Coven of Witches. Now her goal is to start a new Coven for a new generation But while Paige pitches her vision to uptight thirty-something witches in business suites, a more urgent matter commands her attention.
Someone is murdering the teenage offspring of the underworld’s most influential Cabals - the supernatural equivalent of the Mafia. And none is more powerful than the Cortez Cabal, a faction Paige is intimately acquainted with because she is dating Lucas Cortex, the rebel son and unwilling heir. But love isn’t blind, and Paige has her eyes wide open as she is drawn into a hunt for an unnatural born killer. Pitted against shamans, demons, and goons, it’s a battle chilling enough to make a wild young woman grow up in a hurry. If she gets the chance.
My Rating: 8.25/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: These books are becoming like book crack for me. I can’t get enough of them, and this was no exception. This book takes place fairly close to where Dime Store Magic leaves off, so the story was still fresh in mind, and it doesn’t take long before the story picks up and throws you into the plot. I really enjoyed getting a view at all of the different supernatural beings out there and their powers, and it was nice to see some characters I haven’t seen for a while come back for more than just a two second appearance and introduced some new characters. Although I’m unsure on how much I like some of the new faces at the moment, it was interesting to all their different powers and how they use them.
This book had a lot more action than the previous book, and we finally get to see just how dangerous some of the supernatural’s powers can be, and some of the consequences of being a supernatural can be, even the high powerful and protected ones. I love the idea of the Cabal. It can be a bit stereotypical at times in how it’s run, or how the characters in it are portrayed, but it adds a neat twist in the books. I also found that the romance side of this book really took a backseat this time, instead it focused on building the characters and setting up the plot for future stories. I’m interested where the author is going with certain characters, particularly with the next book, which I’m itching to get my hands on. Well I own it already, so get the time to read it.
I did find the pace of the book to jump around. Sometimes it had a nice steady pace, other times it slowed down, to the point I was starting to get a bit bored. Also some times things seemed to repeat themselves throughout the book, which after a while got a bit irritating. Finally sometimes I feel that the individual characters personality and voice blended together. Usually I found that there was a clear separation between each character, in this book every once in a while, it was hard to distinguish the different female characters who made an appearance during certain scenes.
Overall I enjoyed the book. It’s not my favourite of the series but I still really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to reading the next instalment of the series.
Would I recommend it to read: If you enjoyed the series so far, than I would. If you’ve been wanting to read the series, then be sure to read the other books first. This book does have its issues, and fans of the series will likely see them, but overall it’s a good book. A nice read.
What to read next: Haunted and Broken are the next to books in the series, so I’d try them.
Challenges: 11 in 11 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, 2011 Countdown Challenge, A - Z Challenge, Fantasy Challenge, NaJuReMoNoMo,