Addictive: It’s hard to stop reading this book. I had to convince myself that reading all night really wouldn’t be worth the terrible mood a lack of sleep would put me in. It’s not that the events taking place in the book happen at a fast pace, but rather because the steady progress is combined with a lead character who’s so fascinating that you don’t want to leave her.
Messed up characters? Sign me right up: Pierce is the most beautiful disaster I’ve encountered in a while. Her mental health issues and coping methods ring with truth, as does her attitude towards both these parts of herself. Pink is a male lead with a difference. There’s some of the macho alpha attitude going on with him, but it never crosses that line where it undermines the female character’s strength. Mildred and Veda are both awesome, and I can’t wait for the next book to discover how the new addition will stir up the mix.
Not your standard PNR: I don’t read a lot in this genre because I’ve read enough to know that smexy vampires and testosterone overloaded shifters don’t do it for me. This book twists the supernatural stereotypes enough to make me do a victory dance, but without making the beings unrecognisable to those who do like the stereotypes (probably more for shifter fans than those who prefer vamps, though)
It doesn’t drown you: This story ventures into deep and scary places without beating you over the head with them. There’s a lot of wit and humour and the overall tone is light, despite the tragic events of Pierce’s past.
Can we take a moment to ogle the cover?: I’m not a fan of the typography, but that girl’s face and the look in her eye are perfect for this book. The texture and unsettling colour also fit so well with the contents that I want the paperback just so I can admire it. Yes, I’m a creepy book perv like that.
What I didn’t like:
Couldn’t you just stab me instead?: This book ends on something of a cliffhanger. The main story is mostly resolved, but it does leave off after something pretty dramatic happens. It’s character related rather than a sudden plot twist so I’m inclined to see it as a minor issue, but an annoyance nonetheless. I want to know what happened, damn it.
You don’t notice the rhythm at first: There’s a fair bit of introspection in this book. It’s vital to the story, but draws out the beginning to the point where I started wondering if something was going to happen anytime soon. That being said, once the plot is set in motion it holds your attention.
I’m not so sure about that: I’ve never heard of anybody using pure silver in piercings, nor do I understand why anybody would want to. Sterling silver is pretty common for ear and nose piercings, but it’s an annoyingly soft metal and it stains. I’ve never seen anything but steel being used for the bolts and/or rings for labret, tongue, septum and Monroe piercings. I’m not saying you can’t get silver jewellery for any or all of these piercings just that it’s impractical to wear all the time. I can’t decide if this is poetic license or a plot hole.
This book hits all my sweet spots. It has amazing characters whose faults are displayed with honesty and accuracy, a plot which runs deeper than you expect it to, and quirks in all the right places.
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