*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*
First we had Violet’s story (Books 1-3), then we had Calla’s (Books 4-6), and this time we’re getting Emerson’s. She’s not related to the others in any way, but their lives intertwine when Emerson discovers, at the age of 17, that she’s a faerie, and one with a powerful Griffin Ability.
I actually found Emerson a little difficult to like because of her stubbornness and the way she was rude to Dash for most of the book when he was being nice and trying to help (she was grateful eventually, at least), but I’m not worried because, for some reason, the first book for each character in this series has never been my favorite, and I didn’t like Calla in her first book either, but then I ended up liking the books and the characters more as the stories went on. (Except for Ryn because I loved him from the start, and yes, I am going to mention him in every single review for this series despite the fact that he hasn’t been a main character since Book 3 because that is just how much I love him.) So I have faith that Emerson will grow on me and become more mature and likeable as her story continues. And to be fair, Emerson didn’t have an easy life, and then her whole life was upended and all the faerie stuff was new to her. She also made good decisions for the most part and cared a lot about her mother.
Speaking of the other characters though, it was good to see Violet, Ryn, Calla, and Chase again! There wasn’t a ton about them since this was Emerson’s story, but we still got to see what they’ve been up to and how they’re doing. It was also good to know that Ryn and Chase have been getting along, and *SPOILER* Violet and Ryn’s son was so cute! I honestly think he was my favorite character in this book lol. *END SPOILER*
The plot was good as well and kept me hooked but then, the plots are always solid in this series. I’m looking forward to finding out the explanations for some of the new mysteries (like everything about Emerson’s parents and that glass faerie) and seeing where certain things go. It’s also neat how there’s a bigger thread about the whole fae realm and the problems related to the Griffin Abilities and now the veil thing that kind of started in Book 1 but continues to impact all the characters and their stories (even though you could stop after Book 3 or 6 if you wanted to).
So overall, this was a good start to Emerson’s story with a solid plot, some action, lots of magic, and some familiar faces but also new characters, and I’m looking forward to diving back in with the next book and seeing how Emerson and the rest of the story develops!
Fans of Books 1-6 in Rachel Morgan's Creepy Hollow series. Anyone who likes action-packed YA urban fantasy with faeries, lovable, kickass characters, and just enough emotion to make you feel invested!