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 for the follow! hope you like the books I recommended.
No, no yet! But will definitely look for it now. Thanks for the recs!
Gail Carriger (Soulless)
Loved book one but owing to less-than-glowing reviews can’t bring myself to read on…
read that series around 3 years ago- amazing world created by Ms Carey! thanks for suggesting- keep ‘em coming!
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Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend by Linda Wisdom
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