Publication Date: January 28, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Source: Received from author and Rock Star PR in exchange for an honest review.
I didn't know what to expect from this book, but I'm glad I took a chance and read it. It's a pretty good paranormal suspense and I'm truly interested in seeing what happens next.
This book had a sort of dystopian feel to it. After what was called the Awakening, all kinds of paranormal creatures came out of the closet, therefore putting the human race at a crazy disadvantage. Even though the humans still outnumbered the paranormals, the powers they had kind of made them superior to humans. And in that, lay the danger....and part of the reason for the crimes being committed in this book.
Aria was a great MC. She was tough, snarky mercenary, and though she was a bit hard-headed at times, she also listened and learned from what was going on around her. She never turned a blind eye to anything that seemed out of sorts, and in the world she had to live in, that was the difference between life and death. I also liked James, a wolf shifter, and his hard-soft demeanor. He was Aria's partner in her investigation since the crime that basically puts all of this in motion was a shifter like James. I think he likes Aria as more than just a friend, but she is so guarded and he realizes that it's going to take a lot more than just being a good friend to make her trust him implicitly. I'm eager to see how he makes this happen.
I really liked the twists in this book, because as the truth is revealed, Aria finds herself in deeper than she ever suspected she would be. She's basically connected to the impending war between shifters and vampires in a way no one would want to be. On top of that, her Psyker abilities are rare and in high demand. I can see it coming in future books. People are going to do some sick shit to get her on their side and I'm interested to know who's side she'll choose. Whatever side it is, I know it'll be the right one because that's just the type of character Aria is.
All in all, I enjoyed this book. The writing was simple, yet got right to the point. The author only included details when they were needed and didn't bother when they weren't. That kept the book from being overly long, as it was a pretty fast read. There wasn't much romance in this book, but that was okay. I predict we may get a little more lovey-dovey in future books, especially with the way this book ended. Whether a good thing or a bad thing, who knows. But either way, I'll be reading to find out!
Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.
Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.