Greetings fellow book lovers!
It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time for me to kick off a new segment: book reviews. Each book will be rated using coffee cups because I am happily addicted to coffee. A rating of 0 means that I could not finish the book if my life depended on it and a five means that the world could end and I wouldn’t have noticed.
DISCLAIMER: I am not paid for these reviews. I do them for fun and because I love talking about books. And there are simply too many out there to hear about them all.
Rating: 3 cups
Sometimes I come across a series and I gobble it up before I can review the first book. And this series is one of those. I stumbled across the first book while trolling around my local book store. The cover grabbed my attention and I loved it so much that I bought it. I am a serial judge of book covers. Covers can be works of art in and of themselves. I make my own covers so I really appreciate a good one. Anyways, let’s get started.
In this world, after some big ass war that changed the world; Fae, Vampires, and all other sort of supernatural creatures live out in the open. Some cities are Havens for Fae and other creatures where they can live in peace because you know not every human is going to be happy that they’re out in the open. The story starts off with Augustine coming home after being on the run for a while because of events from another series. He ends up being offered the position of Guardian whose job is to protect all people living in New Orleans. Harlow is introduced not too long after that as she travels to New Orleans to ask her mother for help bailing her out of a really messed up situation. Now Harlow is fae like Augustine but she hates it and has spent her life suppressing her powers. When she touches people she can read their emotions and she can read emotions off of objects as well. She’s also a bad-ass hacker which is why she’s in trouble to begin with. The two meet on the Fae New Years but there is a Marid Gras flair to it because everyone is wearing masks. They meeting and sparks fly and that’s all that I’m going to say about that. I don’t really want to spoil anything for anyone but some shit goes down with Vampires and evil Fae and Harlow has to come to terms being Fae, while Augustine has to find the ones responsible for putting his city in danger, proving that he’s more than just a former felon. There’s some mild plot twist but this story is more about the characters.
This series does alright on the second or third reading. Now, I can’t speak for everyone, but I tend to skip the sections of characters I could care less about. With this series while there is a main arching story there is also a secondary villain working in the background until the third book. I really don’t like reading those sections because I can’t stand the villain. It’s not that the villain (Giselle a witch) is a bitch with a capital B. She gets everything that comes her way. And speaking of villains, the main one for the first two books (Barnzino) seems a bit underdeveloped but serves his purpose. The main reason why I keep coming back to this series is that I love the interactions between Harlow and Augustine. Their relationship develops naturally (to me) and I love how Harlow finds confidence in herself and her abilities without fundamentally changing who she is as a person. That rarely happens with these types of books.
I like this series. It grabbed my attention from the get go and didn’t let go until I was done. I love the main characters and the conversations between them feels real. The conversations can sometimes come off as odd or disjointed but that’s truly how people talk, especially when there’s more than one person talking. There’s not much initial world building but we learn more about through the heroine Harlow’s eyes, so it works. I used to love urban fantasy books, until they became too formulaic for me. But this series blew all that out of the water. It’s a fresh approach on a tired topic. Fun fact, this series is a spin off of another series by the same author. This series doesn’t have that feeling. It’s a great stand alone series.
Have you read this series? What did you think? Have any recommendations; send them! I love discovering new books! Until next time