What Worked For Me:
* I loved how quickly it read. With the word count clocking in at over 100K, I was afraid that it would take forever to read. Instead, it turned out that the pacing was perfect, with humor, romance, and action spilling from every page and I quickly found that I literally couldn't put it down.
* I had a love-hate relationship with Jolie, though I admit, it leaned much further into "love" than "hate". Graced (or cursed) with girl-next-door looks, she was vaguely insecure, incredibly skeptical, occasionally so naive you wanted to shake her, but had a wicked sense of humor and an impressive temper. While there were a few moments where I felt that she could have benefited from a good smack upside the head, in general, I loved her.
* I also loved all of Jolie's love interests. Rand was delicious (and holy hell the sexual tension between the two was panty-dropping hot), Terry was great in his own right, and Sinjin... Well, let's just say I'm happy Sinjin features in future books ;) Om nom nom.
* Another thing that was great about this was the the action. While Jolie isn't some supah tough warrior woman like many other UF heroines, she is slowly learning to hold her own, and I can't wait to see where her newfound powers are going to take her.
* I really enjoyed Jolie's powers with necromancy (for lack of a better term), as well as the hint at future story developments to come surrounding the prophet Bella is trying to resurrect.
What Didn't Work For Me:
* I was a little put off by how quickly Jolie chose to trust certain people when they insisted they were there to help her. Talk about naive! One would think that after having been betrayed by someone she trusted, she wouldn't have been so quick to just believe whatever the next badass told her.
* Despite being so sexually inexperienced, Jolie really seemed as though she wanted to hump pretty much anything with a penis. While I understand that a lot of it stemmed from the fact that all otherworldly creatures are attracted to other... otherworldly creatures, it still seemed like every time you turned around, she was drooling over someone else.
* There was a most definite TSTL moment there towards the end, and I really wanted to pimp-slap Jolie for it.
While this is an Urban Fantasy, and therefore sadly lacking in the HEA department, I actually didn't care, because instead of frustrating me, it simply made me want to read more of the series.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. While it was a bit on the long side (over 100k words), it passed very quickly, without a lot of heavy drama to pull the reader down. There were plenty of fantastical elements, ranging from various species, Jolie's developing powers, and even a visit to the fairy realm, but there was also quite a bit of action to keep both the characters and the readers on their toes.
I think the thing I liked the most about this book was how much fun it was. Instead of bogging the story down with heavy drama and gory action, the humor, sexual tension, and whirlwind pacing left me closing the book with a smile on my face.
I personally recommend it for any fan of lighthearted, fast-paced urban fantasy.
A cheerfully solid 4.5/5 Stars
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)