I really liked the book. I did not read the first book in the series, The Trouble with Spells, but I had no difficulty following the storyline. Vance and Portia have a special relationship that cannot be broken even through the toughest problems. I can see why everyone is raving about Vance. He is charming, handsome, confident, funny and such a bad boy. Vance's red eyes were terrifying as well as seductive and I wish I was Portia. There were twists and turns that had me guessing throughout the book. The ending was fantastic, unpredictable and a cliffhanger. I cannot wait to see what Lacey has in store for us in the next book of the series- Blood of the White Witch. Way to go Lacey! I have joined team Mangum and I am looking forward to reading the next book.
I have to sum the book up in one word "WOW!" but let me tell you why. The book grabbed me from the first page with vivid scenes, great characters and a little bit of Harry Potter in a futuristic way. I really liked Seckery, he was your typical 16-year-old boy who lived in a world where you had to fend for yourself to get by. The novel had multiple story-lines that was intermingled in a way that was not confusing.The author was able to make the characters real and believable with twists and turns that kept me engaged and interested.
Although, I did find a couple grammatical errors throughout the book, they did not hinder my enjoyment of the book. If you are a gamer, you will enjoy the book. The author has a vivid imagination and the way he described the virtual world of Friction intrigued me. I wish I could enter the world and play the game. This is a great YA novel and I look forward to book two in the series.