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Katori has a choice to make- to embrace her hunter side and battle faeries, or to let go and become a Faerie. But really, all she wants is to be herself and not have to pick a side that would change her life completely, and to stop lying to those close to her. She may not have much choice in the decision after all though since she is in the middle of a war she is very unprepared for.
I liked the first book well enough, but I was so into this story! I sat down one evening to just read a chapter and next thing I knew it was hours later and I was half way through the book and 100% invested. I feel like this story had a more engaging writing style (for me at least) where I did not want to put the book down, each chapter would taunt me to keep going until I had to have the book removed forcibly from my clutches (perhaps against my will, but for the greater good aka sleep and work). I love myself some faeries, and this sequel was even more jam-packed with the danger, intrigue, allure and mischief that I have come to expect with my fairy stories. This was the perfect blend of action, danger, mystery, fantasy and heart-stopping romance where a little bit of darkness clouds over every element.
Let's take a minute to talk about the pacing of this book. Olivia was able to cram so much action and some life changing events into the 239 pages (as per my ereader) that made up this story. Seriously, the story went from one crisis or death/murder to the next big problem without any dull moments used as filler. Even the small conversations that Kat had with the side characters, for example her Aunt, were tools that helped to reveal secrets about her mom and more of the world Kat is slowly becoming ensconced in. Each moment in the book was important for either character development of world building so pay attention!
I was ever so happy to see so much of Ace in this book. I rooted for him in book one, and I was glad to see the snarky banter between him and Cat was back full force, but with a little something extra thrown in... Let's just say I am team Ace all the way. (...and you should never be in a relationship with a dude who may or may not like you since you look just like his dead soulmate, just saying). I heart Ace, he is dreamy...
This story did not wrap everything up so I will definitely need another book to see what will happen next. I enjoyed this book more than I did the first book and I think the writing will just get better the more into the series I go. I am a fan of this mythology-fairytale hodge-podge world Olivia so painstakingly built (where else would you see faeries vs Native Americans??) and I hope this is just the start of Kat's journey to self discovery in a world gone mad.
The narrator did a good job of bringing Kat to life, giving her emotions and personality and spunk. I enjoyed her words, but the sound quality of the overall recording was not the best since I could hear the background static while the book was playing.