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on June 11, 2012 :
I found myself putting off this book in the beginning because it was a little slow for the first couple of chapters. The fact that the story didn't grab me immediately, is one of the reasons I didn't give this book 4 stars.
Once I decided to commit myself to getting past, what I hoped was just a rough beginning, I was very happy that I did! The story does, indeed, redeem itself just a few chapters in. I found that I was halfway through and totally invested in the characters in just a few hours.
What I most thoroughly enjoyed about this story was that the main character, Cassie, really comes into her own by the end of the story. She started out unsure of herself and her talent as an investigator for Veritas, and a fledgling witch. After a chance meeting with the story's antagonist, however, Cassie discovered her power and just progressively gets more and more amazing.
Also, I enjoyed the romantic aspect of the story. I found that Ms. Savage was able to weave the romance in while not at all taking away from the rest of the story and what was going on while Cassie and Drew's relationship changed.
I will definitely read the next installment, in what I hope will be a series. I am a fan of Savage's writing.
I give this book 3.5/5 stars!
(reviewed long after purchase)