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The first thing I must say is no character in this novel is a cardboard cut-out that you've seen a thousand times before. Every one of them stands out as being a bit different than the usual cast seen in paranormal series. While much of this was established in the first book, Sleepy Willow's Bonded Soul, it is further expanded in this second one. The plot has its own unique twists as well. Willow's quest to be on her own is one that I suspect will carry throughout the series (or at least the first few books). This keeps you in suspense as to how she'll pull it off. Not to worry, though, a lot of progress is made by the end of this one. I'm certainly excited to see what happens next.
Along with the issues mentioned above, there are a lot of side plots going on with this storyline as well. They are interwoven so they do relate, but it is a lot to keep up with. On a bright note, the pacing is so fast there is hardly a dull moment. My only problem with this is it took a little while to warm up to the characters because so many are involved and only so much time can be spent on each one (aside from Willow). I read the first book months ago, so there was a refresher period I had to go through. About forty percent into the novel, though, I was hooked once again. New sides of Max were revealed to make me see him differently, and I got to where I liked Vlad (one of the personalities for Willow's boyfriend). The other two personalities didn't get as much face time as I would have liked, but at least Vlad made things interesting. The plot also thickened with some serious new elements added to make me even more committed to how it will all play out.
One thing I must say is Willow is one fascinating character. I can't relate to her much, but she has issues that make you want to root for her overcoming them. One is her desperate need to cling to her religion. She is forever worried about breaking the ten commandments, even when there is no way around them, or her actions are justified. The following two lines were my favorite and show a bit of her thought process:
"You didn't kill him. Karma did," Max said.
I was surrounded by a bunch of enablers.
This novel is a take on vampire mythology like you've not seen before. There is a lot of darkness and sexuality involved, but it's got its lighthearted moments as well. If you're look for a new paranormal series with a lot of grit, the Narcoleptic Vampire Series might be the one for you. I'll certainly be picking up the next novel when it releases.
It may just have been my mood, but I didn't get to the can't-put-it-down point until about a third the way into the book. After that, it was a page-turner (or, a screen changer), with wonderful twists and turns in the action.
I found myself more invested in the development of the characters that we learned more about in this book (Franco, Max, Cin, to name a few) than in Remi/Aaron. Sorry, but I think Willow can do better. ;-)
I also really enjoyed the spiritual side to this story, which really got me thinking and wondering.
It does however have a wee bit of a cliffhanger, which of course has left me shouting, more please! :-))
Thanks again to Dicey for another remarkable novel, I am really looking forward to the next one.