on Aug. 29, 2017 :
Into the Mind of Rook: a smart-mouthed criminal techie!
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The story and characters we were introduced to in book one of the series, PLAYING WITH FIRE, are brought back to us in this fun read. However, this time, we are seeing life through Rook, which is fascinating. You get to see events and characters from book one in a whole new perspective, and Rooks personal dialogue is humorous.
This novel ticks all the boxes you'd expect for an urban fantasy crime story. There's plenty of action, double-crossing, and murder, as well as, entertaining conversations and relationship complexities. There are still some unanswered questions about certain relationships, but I'm okay with that since I know there's going to be at least another book in the series! And, no, it doesn't diminish the storyline in any way. It sort of added to the plot for me.
I have to say that, of all the characters, my favorite is Grace. She really resonated with me. Perhaps because she is a shapeshifter with her 'were' animal being a cat (*snort* - I am so a cat lady), but mainly because she is talented, intelligent, strong, and compassionate. I liked Renee because she was not only fascinating but she had a strength most people couldn't muster. I like Medium because he was so innocent, even when he wasn't. Rook and Stone I liked equally. Their discord not only added to the story for me, but I enjoyed seeing how they were actually cut from the mold, though in different ways. Meaning, one is neither better nor worse than the other - just shaped to react differently by circumstances of their lives - though, to me, they're different aspects of the same guy in many ways.
I definitely recommend this book. It has some curve balls you will certainly miss until they're revealed and it will keep your interest. It was a really fun book to read and I am looking forward to continuing the series! Well done!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 30, 2017 :
After the heist in Seattle, the gang Renee, Stone, Rook, Carlos and Grace all went their separate ways.
In this story, we follow Rook who after moving back to Philadelphia, is struggling to find work after everyone has shunned him including the rest of the gang. After he starts to hear voices and not even alcohol can drown them out, he decides to call his best friend Carlos” Medium” to see if he can help. But when an explosion in his flat puts them both in danger, he knows that he has to get the gang together to get to the bottom of who is out to kill him.
It was great to see that the characters hadn’t changed, Stone and Renee were still the strong silent type, Medium was still naive and Grace was still the confident savvy one. Written from Rook’s POV, whilst reading this story, you learn more about Rook’s former life and you understand why he comes across as annoying to some people. The comedy element was still there usually involving Rook and it was good to see Grace’s softer side.
I enjoyed reading this book and felt it was better than book 1, the collaboration by the 2 authors were seamless and you could not tell who wrote which scene. This story had more suspense and was full of action. The magical element was still there which added to the danger that the gang were in. A great read which will keep you gripped from page 1.
(reviewed the day of purchase)