Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Blood Passage Blog Tour: Review

Hello, everyone! Today is my stop on the blog tour for Blood Passage (Dark Caravan Cycle #2) by Heather Demetrios. I really liked this sequel to Exquisite Captive, which you can tell by my review below. Thank you to Me, My Shelf and I for letting me take part in this tour. You can check out the full schedule here :)

Title: Blood Passage (Dark Caravan Cycle #2)
Author: Heather Demetrios

Release date: March 1st 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: ARC
Pages: 480

Source: Publisher
Purchase links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

A jinni who's lost everything.

A master with nothing to lose.

A revolutionary with everything to gain.

When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfil Malek's third and final wish she's not expecting it to be easy. Though Nalia is free from the shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she's in more danger than ever before.

Meanwhile, Malek's past returns with a vengeance as he confronts the darkness within himself, and Raif must decide what's more important: his love for Nalia, or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom.

Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, The Arabian Nights come to life in this dazzling second installment of the Dark Caravan Cycle.

Blood Passage is a fantastic follow-up to Exquisite Captive - there's suspense and romance and some really cool action scenes and then other, really emotional ones. I loved every bit of it, and after that cliffhanger I cannot wait to pick up the next book.

The plot picks up right where the first book left off. Nalia, Raif, Malek and Zanari are in Morocco, heading towards where the sigil is. Nalia's still trying to figure out a way for Raif to get the sigil rather than Malek, but with the magic of the wish so unpredictable, they can't know anything for sure. They meet a lot of people along the way - some surprising ones. Nalia learns to adjust to being a free jinn and the last of the Ghan Aisouri, Raif struggles as his love for Nalia competes with his plans for the revolution, and Malek's past comes back to haunt him. All in all, the characters are put through the emotional wringer in this book, and not everyone comes out okay.

Nalia's strength awed me in the previous book, and it blew me away in this. She's finally free, but it's hard for her to get used to it after so long being shackled to Malek. On top of that, there are jinn that perceive her as the true empress, which she is, but the last thing Nalia wants is to rule the jinn. She wants to keep her freedom and help with the revolution with Raif, but those dreams are looking bleaker and bleaker by the day.

I loved Raif even more in this, and it was really sweet to see how he wanted to protect Nalia even though he knows she's more than capable of taking care of herself. He has the revolution in his mind always, but Nalia is there too and it makes things confusing in his head. But he knows he'll always choose Nalia. The dedication he has for her is incredible. They do go through rough patches in this book, but they're so strong together and it's obvious they're meant for each other.

Malek really confused me in this. I don't know what to think of him! I want to hate him, trust me, but I can't. Even after we find out some despicable things he did in his past, unforgivable things. Maybe it's because I don't fully blame him? His human side, at least. It's when his Ifrit side has control that he gets cruel and evil and whatnot. We find out quite a bit about Malek and who he used to be in this book. He's also changed quite a bit, I think. He's way more open about his feelings for Nalia, and it actually hurt to see how much he truly loves her and yet all she'll ever feel for him is hatred. There's a lot more I want to say about Malek and his role in this book, but those would be spoilery. I can't bring myself to hate or even dislike him, let's just leave it at that.

We get more flashbacks into the past, mostly Malek's, but Nalia's too. And the dialogue definitely makes me more curious about Arjinna. Most of this book is spent getting to the sigil, so we don't get to see Arjinna yet. I hope that'll happen in the next book, though! All in all, Blood Passage is a great installment in the series, and trust me, a lot happens in it even if you think it drags a little bit at times. It's definitely emotionally wrecking, at least it was for me. I hope the third book will calm my nerves and that things I'm hoping for will happen!

*Thank you to Me, My Shelf and I and HarperCollins for sending me an ARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

About the author:

When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her other novels include Exquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, and I’ll Meet You There. She is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth.

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Review: The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Power (Titan #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release date: February 23rd 2016
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
Format: ARC
Pages: 339

Source: Inkslinger PR
Purchase links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple

With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies.
Fate has other plans.

The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve. Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do.
But the gods are sensing a greater threat.

Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style.

The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future.

Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back.

And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation.

This book brought back everything I felt during and after the Covenant series, and I loved seeing Seth and Josie's characters develop, both individually and together. My favourite thing about this book was of course seeing Alex and Aiden again! I missed them so much. And we get quite a few surprises here, as well as more figures from Greek mythology, which was awesome.

In The Power, things are getting tense as Josie begins to train as hard as she can with her newfound powers so she can be good enough to fight Hyperion and defeat him. But Josie has a long way to go, and she's frustrated with herself often. It doesn't help that Seth is distancing himself from her. Seth has his own problems - with Josie using akasha, the aether in her calls out to him even more, and he doesn't know if he can restrain himself from sneaking a taste. After all, Seth was addicted to aether and power not too long ago. If he doesn't check himself, he may find himself going down that same path all over again, and even Josie might not be able to stop it.

There's definitely more emphasis on character development in this book. We get to know Josie more, which was great because I didn't think we saw enough of her character in The Return. She's trying as hard as she can, and I really admired how strong she's become and how far she's come. It's amazing considering she didn't even know demigods existed until a little while ago, and now she's supposed to use her demigod powers to fight a titan. I also really sympathized with her regarding Seth, because none of it is her fault and she has to deal with the consequences of everything. And when Alex shows up, it makes things even more confusing for Josie. Things work out between them, thankfully! They have a lot in common and it was nice to see them interacting and getting along.

And now we get to Seth. Oh, Seth. What is happening to you? Despite doing everything he can to stop himself from surrendering to his thirst for aether, Seth knows it's inevitable. And he knows Josie doesn't deserve that. It killed me to see him struggling against the urge, and to see the need for aether battling with his love for Josie. Because he does love her, and it's obvious in this book. Seth also still hasn't forgiven himself for everything he's done, which I understand, but he needs to let it go if Alex and Aiden have. After all, Alex is the one he's hurt most.

Apart from the serious and emotional stuff, we get quite a lot of light-heartedness and romance, too! Seth and Josie really heat things up, and there are quite a lot of steamy scenes between them. And the light-heartedness obviously comes mostly from Deacon and Luke. Those two are the best! I adore Deacon, I really do. I love his positive attitude towards everything. And we also get to see a different side of him here - a more serious side, and someone who can always be counted on. He and Luke are so happy together, and I loved seeing that.

I don't want to say too much about what happens when Alex and Aiden show up, but I got so happy and excited I couldn't stop smiling for like five whole minutes. They're both exactly the same, though maybe Alex is a bit more mature, which surprised me but at the same time I thought it was expected. It was just so incredible to see the whole group together again, after so long, and it totally made me want to reread the Covenant series. For those of you who haven't read that series yet, it's not necessary to do that before reading this series but I really suggest you do, or you won't be able to enjoy this book as much as I did!

I just had one teeny issue regarding one of the Greek mythological figures who showed up, who was constantly referred to by their Roman name rather than the Greek name. That irked me a little, because consistency, though I understand that the Roman name is more well-known than the Greek. But either way, I loved seeing new people pop up! And I'm sure we'll see even more in the next and final book of the trilogy.

There are things I didn't really expect to see in this book, like the aftermath of the abolition of the Breed Order. Everything is definitely not settled regarding that. Of course, I wouldn't have expected the pures to just sit back and let go of their half-blood servants, but I didn't think things would be so bad at the University. The pures and halfs have some very serious altercations, and it'll probably be a long time for things to be normal between them, if ever.

Like I mentioned before, there are a few twists and turns regarding the plot, especially towards the end. It's fast-paced and intense and just plain fantastic. The ending is... well, a bit of a cliffhanger but not as bad as it could've been, so I'm just thankful for that. And I cannot wait to see where Jennifer takes us in The Struggle!

*Thank you to KP Simmon at Inkslinger PR for sending me an ARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Review: Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

Title: Burning Glass (Burning Glass #1)
Author: Kathryn Purdie

Release date: March 1st 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: ARC
Pages: 490

Source: Publisher

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.

I liked this one more than I thought I would! Burning Glass is a gorgeous fantasy novel with a concept I haven't really read about before. There's danger at every corner, suspense, a bit of romance, and quite a bit of politics. Not too politics-heavy though, which I was glad about.

Sonya is one of many Auraseers in the empire, but when a fire in the convent kills almost all of them, Sonya is the eldest one left, and is chosen to be the emperor's new sovereign Auraseer, after the last one was executed. Sonya is terrified, but she has to do her duty to her emperor, regardless of the fact that her powers are 'unnatural' and she can barely control them.

Sonya first struck me as kind of an idiot - after all, she did cause the fire that killed all her friends. And there's other stuff that reinforced my assumption. But later on I realized that it's just that she has really bad luck. It really is like she's cursed! I feel sorry for her. Sonya had only been at the convent for eight months, as her parents managed to hide her from the empire before then. So she hasn't had much practice controlling her abilities. The issue with Sonya is that she often can't decipher whether the emotions she's feeling are her own or other people's. And that's really dangerous, especially at the palace.

Luckily, Sonya has an ally, someone to keep her calm. Anton, the emperor's brother. He's younger by a year, so the two brothers have quite a rivalry. I loved Anton, even though he didn't treat Sonya that well in the beginning. He was terse and aloof, though he knew Sonya needed someone on her side. But there's a reason behind his aloofness. Anyway, Anton did look out for Sonya at the palace, and he's the only one who could calm her down when she's surrounded by a crowd of people and bombarded with their emotions. The romance between the two of them is slow, mostly romantic tension because neither of them act on it until much later. I liked seeing them become closer to one another, as their friendship developed and they began to trust each other.

Like I mentioned before, the concept is unique to me, and I really liked the way that was done. I can't imagine what it would be like to not know whether what I'm feeling is my own emotions or someone else's! Moreover, it must be so overwhelming to actually feel other people's emotions. Not just know what they're feeling, but actually experience them. I sympathized with Sonya a lot in that aspect.

I guess I have to mention Emperor Valko sometime. Man, I hated him. The synopsis really doesn't prepare you for what a cruel, sadistic SOB he is. He's a nightmare! He's described as charming, and maybe he was a little at first, but that illusion slowly disappeared. He treats Sonya like shit, he's violent and aggressive, and a complete monster. I didn't sympathize with him one bit, and it's easy to see why Sonya had a hard time connecting with him. Ugh, I still get the shivers thinking about him, and definitely not in a good way! From the synopsis, I thought there would be a love triangle. Well, there really isn't. Though Valko forces himself on Sonya multiple times (not kidding), it was definitely one-sided. Sonya's heart belongs to Anton and only Anton, thank goodness.

A lot happens in this book - after all, it is pretty long. The revolution is coming, and several people at the palace are involved. There's a lot of secrecy, things go wrong, there's tragedy too, and Sonya somehow finds herself in the middle of it. I enjoyed the fast pace and the fact that nothing was ever dull. Even Valko, though horrible, was interesting, because I never knew what he was going to do next.

All in all, a roller coaster of a novel. I'm still wondering why the book and series is called 'burning glass'... Maybe we'll find out in the next book. This one has a satisfying ending, no cliffhanger of any kind - whew! Sonya has quite a lot of character development throughout, and I can't wait to see how she gets stronger later on.

*Thank you to Megan at HarperCollins International for sending me an ARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #114: Walk the Edge

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week's WoW is...

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

Title: Walk the Edge (Thunder Road #2)
Author: Katie McGarry

Release date: March 29th 2016
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.

I can't wait until this one is out! I love all of Katie McGarry's books, and after reading Nowhere But Here, I'm super stoked for Razor's story.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Review: The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

Title: The Great Hunt (The Eurona Duology #1)
Author: Wendy Higgins

Release date: March 8th 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: eARC
Pages: 282

Source: Edelweiss

Kill the beast. Win the girl.

A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt, but when a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention, there’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not keen on marriage. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale, “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, outlawed magic, and a princess willing to risk all to save her people.

Wendy Higgins has done it again! She's totally captured my heart with this fantastic start to the series. Aerity and Paxton are my new favourite OTP and I cannot wait to see what's in store for them later.

Lochlanach is plagued by a terrifying beast that comes for its prey in the night and is practically unstoppable. As the king, Aerity's father needs to come up with a plan to have the beast killed once and for all. The soldiers are scared too, and not many are brave enough to face the beast willingly. As a last resort, the king proclaims that he will hold a hunt, and the killer of the beast will have Aerity's hand in marriage, thereby gaining a kingdom.

I for one definitely did not agree with the king's decision. Yes, the beast needed to be killed, but couldn't he have promised land or gold or something? Promising the winner his daughter means that he stripped her of her choice, and I think that was wrong. Also, any barbarian or idiot could've had the luck to kill the beast and then would marry Aerity and become a prince? That's a risk the king shouldn't be willing to take! Sigh. Apart from this though, I did really love the story.

I figured Aerity would be one of those spoiled princess types (like Paxton thought), but she really surprised me. She knows she won't be able to marry for love like the others in her family, but she's brave enough to accept this and do her duty for the kingdom. Aerity cares more about her people and her loved ones than for herself, and her compassion and selflessness really got to me. She's also really courageous, and we get to see a lot of that too.

I obviously adored Paxton, despite his prickly personality and his deeply hidden secrets. He has a lot to lose, as he enters the hunt along with his younger brother, Tiern. I loved Tiern too, by the way. Hilarious and goofy, Tiern is the sunshine to Paxton's darkness. Paxton has a reason for the way he behaves, though. He's descended from one of the Lashed, the name given to people with magic. Magic is outlawed in Lochlachan, and the Lashed are punished and killed when discovered. They're also treated like dirt by most people. So yeah, Paxton keeps that quiet. But Aerity gets under his skin and he can't help caring about her, more than he should. He doesn't want the crown, though. He's in the hunt to kill the beast and that's it, at least until Aerity gets past his defenses.

There are a lot of people we meet in this book, people in the hunt as well as outside watching it. Aerity's cousin is one side character I loved, as well as her sister. Then there are certain ones I disliked from the beginning, and one or two I'm just not sure about. We get Paxton's point of view as well as Aerity's, of course, since we need to know what's happening in the hunt. It's interesting to see things from two very different perspectives - Aerity's cheerful, trusting one and Paxton's cynical one.

There's a lot more to this book than just the hunt for the beast, but I don't want to get into that. Let's just say it keeps things suspenseful and mysterious. And gosh, there's so much romantic tension between Paxton and Aerity! But they don't really act on it much, so it's quite frustrating. Even worse, I think they will be apart for a good part of the next book, but I hope not.

The ending had me practically begging for the sequel! Don't worry, it's not a cliffhanger. But that doesn't mean I didn't need to know what comes next. There's a surprising development in the end that would lead into the events of the next book, and I can't wait to find out what happens. To all the fantasy lovers out there - The Great Hunt is one you cannot miss out on!

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #113: Lady Midnight

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week's WoW is...

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Title: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare

Release date: March 8th 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.

Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.

The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.

YES YES YES I absolutely cannot wait for this one! The Mortal Instruments series (all the related series) are some of my favourite YA books and I'm so eager for this new installment in the TMI world.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Review: Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr

Title: Seven Black Diamonds
Author: Melissa Marr
Release date: March 1st 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Format: eARC
Pages: 271

Source: Edelweiss

This riveting fantasy marks Melissa Marr’s return to the world of faery courts that made her Wicked Lovely series an international phenomenon.

Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal—she’s half human, half fae, and since the time before she was born, a war has been raging between humans and faeries. The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of the fae courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir due to the actions of reckless humans.

Lily’s father has always shielded her, but when she’s sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, she’s delivered straight into the arms of a fae sleeper cell—the Black Diamonds. The Diamonds are planted in the human world as the sons and daughters of the most influential families and tasked with destroying it from within. Against her will, Lilywhite’s been chosen to join them...and even the romantic attention of the fae rock singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the familiar world she knows.

Melissa Marr returns to faery in a dramatic story of the precarious space between two worlds and the people who must thrive there. The combination of ethereal fae powers, tumultuous romance, and a bloodthirsty faery queen will have longtime fans and new readers at the edge of their seats.

I haven't read any of Marr's previous books, but after this one I really want to get started on them! Seven Black Diamonds is an exciting novel full of intrigue, romance, action, and a bunch of awesome characters. I love fae books, and this is probably one of my favourites.

The Seelie and Unseelie faerie courts are currently united as one, although it's a very precarious situation. Lily is half human, but she's suddenly put right in the middle of everything. After she meets Creed, a member of the Black Diamonds, Lily wants answers about the fae side of her, and the Black Diamonds can give them to her. Except that Lily doesn't want to join them, doesn't want to answer to the fae queen, and definitely doesn't want to kill humans. But there are things about her abilities she doesn't understand, and to figure them out, she needs to embrace her fae side.

This book is told in several POVs, mostly Lily's and Eilidh, the queen's daughter and heir to the throne. We also get POVs of the other Black Diamond members, which was confusing at first but after I got to know them it was alright. The POVs actually helped to understand what's going on in the other members' heads.

This is quite a character-centric novel, so I'll probably talk mostly about them rather than plotlines. Lily is great - her father is the head of an important criminal organization, so she knows how to take care of herself. She's resourceful and independent, but there are so many secrets she's hiding. Her fae powers, for example. Lily has a list of 'Abernathy Commandments' that she follows, and they keep her on track. But though she's tough, she's also compassionate and she has honour. Also, I liked that she doesn't really show a soft side of herself. Lily is a total badass, and it was a crazy ride being in her head.

There are six other members, and we get to know a few of them quite well. Creed is Lily's love interest (no love triangle, don't worry), and he's a rock singer in the mortal world. He and some of the others live a life of luxury in the spotlight, without a care. But camera Creed isn't the real Creed. I loved getting to know the real Creed! He's sweet and protective and also kind of intense. I'm definitely hoping there's more Creed-Lily interactions in the next book.

Zephyr is another member we meet, the leader of the group. He's kind of a wild card.. moody, jealous, but also kind and good at heart. Lily was 'supposed' to be with him, to lead the group with him, but instead she falls for Creed. So that impacts Zephyr, obviously, but there's another girl who matters more to him than anything else, and he won't admit it. Yeah, there's a lot of romantic tension everywhere. We also meet Alkamy, Violet, Will and Roan. All very different characters, and I hope we get to know them better later on. I already love Violet, though. She's snarky and smart and just as badass as Lily.

Each of the members have a fae affinity to an element, or even two. It was interesting to see how they used them and how often they came in handy. This book was more of an introduction to the series and characters, but I was glad we got some nice action scenes towards the end, with the fae using their powers.

Does this sound like too many characters in a book? Well, there are a few more! The other main POV we get is Eilidh, the queen's daughter. She resides in the fae world, so we get to know what that's like, and what the queen is really like, too. Eilidh has only two allies with her - her half-brother Rhys and her best friend Torquil. The three of them are opposed to whatever machinations the queen is planning, and the two separate storylines of the novel soon converge, which is when everything makes a lot more sense.

The plot isn't devoid of cliches, but everything was done well in my opinion! There were also a few surprises I didn't see coming. I thought the larger-than-normal number of main characters would be annoying, but it really wasn't. I just wish some of them had more focus in the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I can't wait to see what comes next!

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4/5