I absolutely LOVED book 1 and was stoked to jump into book 2 headfirst. The plot throughout the book becomes a bit more elusive and mysterious as the story continues. Breena is just as kick-butt as before, though the story takes a turn for the unexpected away from her job at the Hollows group. To be honest, it shouldn’t be that surprising considering Mayer’s other works. The quirk where she changes the F word to “ducks” continues and makes it even more endearing to the story. As for the plot, nothing is truly everything as it seems, and Mayer loves to keep you on your toes. Breena’s also quickly assembling her own team of supernaturals to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves while living in the grey area between the Council and the Hollows group. It’s refreshing that Breena develops nicely as a character without sugar-coating anything. Yes, she’s now been in Hollows training for weeks, and has made some improvements in the physicality of the job, but her abilities don’t magically improve astronomically. There are subtle changes which makes it even more realistic.
My one critique is some of the little details that were missed prior to publication which I’ve pointed out to Mayer through correspondence. Usually her books are so polished by the time they published that this took me by surprise. But aside from the few inconsistencies I found, the plot twists and intrigue of the story kept me hooked until the very end. Can’t wait to read the next one, and I’m especially excited to hear from Shannon that there will be at least 6 books in the series, if not 9.