This a tale of love and meh. The first book of the Dark Ink Chronicles, Afterlight, came out last year and when I stumbled on it, I gobbled it up and wanted to read the sequel immediately. Fast forward six months later and to Everdark. Which by the end had me teetering between the cliff hanger ending rush and a strange ambivalence regarding the rest of the book.
Elle Jasper desperately needed a structural editor and proof reader for this second book and I’m not sure why she didn’t get one from Signet.
She fell into so many of the traps of the genre, most damningly turning a great heroine from the first book into a Mary Sue.
Despite this, I would say pick up the first book for sure as Riley Poe, our tattooed reformed bad-girl, and her exploration of the vampire world will keep your attention all the way through. The author has some beautiful turns of phrase, a unique take on the urban fantasy genre, builds great tension and Southern atmosphere, and writes a hot love story. And really, what more do you want?
I really hope book three breaks away and up to surpass even the first book. It would be a great shame to see the potential in this author wasted.
thank you very much for your books suggestions :) I'm already a fan of Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, but I'm going to check out the others!
thank you again.
and by the way, instant follow for your blog. books are precious.
thank you for the follow! hope you like the books I recommended.
“In this particular instance, he stroked her hand fondly. There was no attraction in the movement. “Sweetling,” he had once said, “you are at no more risk with me in that regard than you are in danger of me unexpectedly biting you—both being equal impossibilities. In the one case, I do not possess the necessary equipment upon contact, in the other case you do not.”—
Gail Carriger (Soulless)
Loved book one but owing to less-than-glowing reviews can’t bring myself to read on…
“Although security and warfare had never been my gig, vampire security was highly contextual and thus incredibly interesting. There were links to history (Vampires were screwed over yesterday!) and politics (House X screwed us over yesterday!), philosophy (Why do you think they screwed us over yesterday?) and ethics (If we didn’t bite, would they have screwed us over yesterday?), and, of course, strategy (How did they screw us over? How can we keep them from screwing us over again or, better yet, screw them over first?).”— Chloe Neill (Some Girls Bite)