This is such a great series! And this book was especially exciting for a certain reason that I can’t talk about because spoilers! I feel like these books are almost a guilty pleasure at this point. I mean, they’re good in all the conventional ways a book should be good (characters, plot, etc.), but they also fulfill some sort of juicy, angsty, soap-opera-y romance need I didn’t even know I had.
For one thing, I love Victoria’s love life. She always has all these different guys interested in her, and so she flirts, dates, kisses, has sex, etc., and I swear reading about it is this feeling like she’s my best friend and I just can’t wait to hear all the juicy new details.
Victoria is also sarcastic and snarky, but I swear she has the classiest snark ever. It cracks me up, and I just love this girl. But all the characters are so good at making biting remarks at each other, and I feel like I should just keep a cooler full of ice with me to hand out to them for all the burns they’re continually getting. I’m constantly oooh-ing and cringing and feeling bad for them but also secretly loving it.
Then there’s all those conventional things I mentioned, like the three-dimensional characters who have all been through and done terrible things that no one should ever have to experience or do. And the amazing, tension-filled, historical-esque writing. And the Victorian London setting, which, to a girl who lives in present day America, is like being transported to a whole ‘nother world.
And to top it all off, I LOVE the emotion laced throughout these books, especially the oftentimes heart-tugging romance. This time there was even a love triangle, which only made me happier since it was a good one. *SPOILER* And Sebastian, who I pretty much haven’t liked since the beginning (I mean, he’s great as a character, but as a person he made a terrible first impression on me) even managed to gain major points with me, making the triangle even better for me because I started to almost kind of get torn between the two guys… Almost. I still knew who I really wanted 😉 *END SPOILER*
So overall, this has been a consistently great series so far with tortured characters, lots of twists and secrets, and juicy, complicated romance, and I’m loving it!
Fans of Books 1-3 in Colleen Gleason's Gardella Vampire Hunters series. Anyone who likes historical fantasy with complex characters, complicated relationships, lots of sexual tension, and a kickass female protagonist.