Let me start of by saying it absolutely wasn't a bad book. In fact, I really liked reading about all the astronaut training Aurora went through. So why the two stars only? It was good, but not GOOD. I liked it, but comparing it to everything else I've read this past month, this book just doesn't compare. It just felt that Aurora was a very passive character in finding her killer and taking control of her life as a Titon. I felt bad for her when Zane kept on pushing her away, and I didn't really see any sparks between her and Sky considering how he spent most of the book disliking her immensely, and then poof: he likes her and they're getting down to some astronaughty business (see what I did there?)
Piper is the head consul's daughter. A Haemon (part human/part demon) who unlike all other haemons, has no magic. When an important artifact is stolen and her home destroyed, she and two demons who she happened to be keeping an eye on are under heated gaze of the law for high suspicions of stealing said artifact. Thus, Lyre the sexy succubi, Ash, the mysterius draconian, and Piper the haemon, start on a journey to clear their names. Trust, betrayal, kick-ass scenes, and a little build of romance ensues.
This book was fantastic. The plot just really kept on moving. I had such a hard time putting the book down. All three of our main characters are loveable. They grow to trust and gather a grudging respect for one another. All have weaknesses and strengths that are played out very well in the book. I'm hoping to see more romance in the sequel, but really, this book is so good I barely noticed lack there of- and I'm a HUGE romance fan soooo.
First let me start of by saying the plot was good. It really was. Normal girl who, is not kick-ass and is thrown into a fantastical world due to the gift of some magical sight. She works for the Fae court and is in love with the King's sword master- who is also in love with her, but puts his duty over his love for her. Sucks to suck.
The problem with this book is, as a debut author, Sandy Williams doesn't have her shit together very well. She doesn't explain terms of the magical world well. Going into the second book, I still have a very vague understanding of what shadow reading is and how it works. She throws a lot of magical/made up terms for to build her world but doesn't explain any of them. For example, she never explains what "Luster Chaos" or "lightening" is, yet she abuses these terms till I wanted to pull my hair out. What I got from it is...something that happens on fae skin (and human- but humans without sight can't see it.) And it happens when emotions are high??? I don't even know if that's right.
It's a trashy/guilty-pleasure romance that passes the time.
Synthia (Syn) is a witch who, along with her friends/coven Adam and Larissa, go on assignments, kill shit, fight the supernatural, etc. She then gets an assignment she can't refused by a super gorgeous alpha-male fae named Ryder. Much smut ensues. She feels betrayed by her guild leader Alden who makes her take on the assignment for good reason, or so he claims. OOOOH.
I didn't like syn as a character. She was stubborn to a fault that made it almost not worth reading. However, so was Ryder. The femenist in me wants to beat him bloody and tell him to STFU. I'll admit that if it wasn't for the pretty plot, I would have dropped it.
This book leaves a lot of threads unravelled, but all the answers come out in the second book and it blows your mind. Like: "WTF IS THIS FOR REAL??" type of answers. The second book is better I swear. It's going to get at least a 3.5 star rating and I'm only 60% done.
Also Can we just take a second to say that the cover is terrible and creepy as fuck? okay awesome.