Warning: Make sure you have plenty of time to spend before you open this book. Because once you start reading, it's almost impossible to put down. So there goes the dinner you were cooking, the letter you were about to write, the meeting you were about to attend, etc. Don't say I didn't warn you.
I'm not a big fan of vampire romances. There. I said it. But this book was an exception. This was like... Kind of like Hunger Games meets Twilight. And this wasn't just about vampires. It also had immortal warriors, a creepy demi goddess, demons, ghosts, and fallen angels.
I fell in love with the characters. Amber was the kind of hilarious, kick-ass heroine that I love reading about. She had a strong voice, and strikes the perfect balance between fierce and vulnerable. Clare was pretty cool too, but I feel that my favorite character was Cass. She's sarcastic, funny, and dramatic - perfect best friend material. She can also read your mind, has some pretty... unusual taste when it comes to clothes, not to mention the fact that she's Lucifer's daughter and a fallen angel. Yep, Cass's pretty awesome :) My favorite male character would probably Aidan's brother Kieran (sorry Aidan). He's got a great sense of humor, and doesn't actually send out those 'I've been dead for a long time now' vibes that you kind of get from Aidan.
It had an original plot, and the author kept throwing twists and curve balls at you, keeping you guessing and reading to find out what happens next. Nothing was overly obvious, and everything seemed mysterious, suspicious. The writing was smooth, and you could easily feel everything that the characters were feeling. And, I think we should add 'Humor' to the list of genres that fit this book. You can read an example in this (non-spoilery) excerpt:
"Next time you write a classified ad for a position, you should consult me," Amber said. I cocked a brow. "Why?" "Because the last one was completely misleading." She sat up in a lotus position. I tried hard not to peer at her naked legs, toned in all the right places. "It should read like this: single vampire, stronger than any human on Earth, 500+ years old but still drop dead gorgeous with blue eyes and dark hair, seeks summer temp to clean his house, put up with boss's annoying and beyond cheesy brother, risk life by living in a creepy mansion, and help obtain an ancient book." I opened my mouth to protest when she lifted a hand to stop me, then continued, "Must be quiet during the day while he sleeps and be willing to understand that his best friend is a blonde bombshell. Added perks: the gift of talking to a dead person, mind-blowing kisses, faster-than-a-speeding-bullet rides in the woods, meet nice demon friends from hell, and last but not least, a psychic connection to the boss." Amber took a deep breath and tapped a finger against her pink lips. "Must be willing to communicate with a creepy child queen, not panic easily and keep her cool when a legion of Shadow people are after her. Endure vampire attacks, face Medusa, survive venomous snake bites, be willing to give up her espresso when turned into a vampire per boss's request, and—" "Stop it," I said, laughing. "Just trying to keep it real." She elbowed me in the ribs. "Forget the ad. I don't know what you're hiding, but I'll figure it out myself. Or I'll just ask Cass. She'll read your mind like nobody's business."
The author had me laughing most of the time. But it did have it's solemn, sad moments to it, and some of the near death experiences that the characters went through sometimes left you a little shaken.
Hands down, this has got to be one of my favorite books I've read so far. If you're looking for a romantic, adventure-filled, fun read, then I'd strongly recommend you read A Job From Hell.
(Thank you to the author for providing me with a review copy.)
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)