'Archangel's Kiss' is the second book in the 'Guild Hunter' series by Nalini Singh, and after absolutely loving the first book in the series, 'Angels'...more'Archangel's Kiss' is the second book in the 'Guild Hunter' series by Nalini Singh, and after absolutely loving the first book in the series, 'Angels' Blood', this one had a lot to live up to. I'm happy to say it didn't disappoint. I loved it. The prose is just as lush as the first book, Elena and Raphael are still fantastic characters and the world-building just as vivid.
However, I did feel as though the balance between urban fantasy and paranormal romance was slightly out of kilter. The first half of the book definitely sits in with the latter genre as there is a lot of sex, verbal adoration, basically lots of lovin's! Don't get me wrong, I love the romance between Elena and Raphael but I felt for the first half of the book I was a bit saturated with it and it did get a bit repetitive. But the second half of the booked kicked into high gear with lots of action, suspense and Elena back in the role she fits so well, that of the kick-arse chick. I was worried she was turning into a love sick puppy but her fighting personality won out - yay! I do adore the relationship between Elena and Raphael, it is swoon-worthy and very intense, but I'm pleased it didn't dominate the entire book.
The story picks up a short time after 'Angels' Blood' ended and Elena's friends are wondering if she's dead or alive, or more accurately one of the undead, as in vampire. But nobody is telling them anything and they are becoming increasingly frustrated. They decide to break into where they think Elena is being held, but once they set eyes on what she's become they can't believe their eyes...
There's a big learning curve for Elena and she needs her friends and Raphael to help her through, especially when she is invited to a ball by the eldest of Archangels. Raphael is worried as this could be the perfect opportunity for others to kill Elena for real and so he instructs his most loyal and dangerous vampire to train Elena in the fighting skills she will need if an attempt is made on her life. Unfortunately for Elena she's still weak from the transformation, but Dmitri does not go easy on her.
Apart from what's going on in Elena's personal life, she is asked to help when there's a new bout of fresh vampire kills, and one of the angel children is kidnapped and found brutally beaten to the point of death. Elena has to use her abilities to track the scent of the killer and it leads to an unexpected source.
We get more of a glimpse in to Elena's painful and horrific past. She begins to lean on Raphael more and more to give her strength and support. Her memories of her past are throwing up all sorts of visions about her mother and father. The more that is revealed the more I want to know. Elena is a complex character and she is fast becoming one of my favourite heroines.
There is a lot going on in 'Archangel's Kiss' and I lapped up every word. This is a wonderful series with gorgeous prose, fantastic characters and the world-building so vivid I could be living along side Elena. Elena and Raphael are becoming two of my favourite characters as well as one of my favourite couples. A great addition to the series!(less)
Blood Vice opens with a bang. A fight scene that's action-packed and fast-paced and this is how it continues throughout the novel. However, even with...moreBlood Vice opens with a bang. A fight scene that's action-packed and fast-paced and this is how it continues throughout the novel. However, even with this opening chapter, Blood Vice wasn't quite what I expected. With the quote on the back cover giving me a warning of "intense graphic mafia-related violence and explicit vampire sex" I was expecting something a bit more dark and gritty.
Although Blood Vice doesn't quite measure up to the quote, as it doesn't really contain much violence or graphic sex, and you know this to be true if I'm saying it... well, you know how I get if sex scenes are too graphic *embarrassed* ;) I believe that even for those who like their romance a little more raunchy in their urban fantasy, they would still enjoy this novel.
The narration is third person, so we jump from Karl Vance, vampire and assassin, to Maria Ricardi, daughter of Alberto Ricardi, the head of one of the biggest mafia families in the city. Karl and Maria are both likable characters and Karl has a lot of heart. The surprising aspect of this novel was that it was really driven by Karl's love for Maria.
Maria is very determined and career driven. As a woman she has no place in the crime world, as seen through the eyes of the men in the 'family'. However, Maria has different ideas and with the backing of her father hires Karl to kill members of the rival family. Maria shows a lot of independence and fearlessness and doesn't bat an eye if the situation requires murder. So, it was with relish that I enjoyed the twist to Maria's character as it put her in a position she couldn't control and revealed a more vulnerable side to her nature. I look forward to seeing how she deals with her new life in the series.
Karl is a contradiction in that he kills with ease, then prays to God. We get to know him fairly well over the chapters and realise that most of his actions come from a good place. He really is one of the good guys and this shines through especially when he's with Maria. He oozes confidence with regards to who and what he is and doesn't seem to doubt himself for one minute. He is quite a complex character and I hope more is revealed about him in future books.
One problem I did have with the book was at the beginning Melton seemed confused as to what to call his main protagonist. The first chapter begins with Karl, but switches to Vance. Luckily the synopsis on the back cover revealed the name as "Karl Vance", but if it hadn't been for that I could easily have thought it was two separate characters, making the opening scene a little confusing. After a while Melton settles for Karl, but occasionally still referrers to him as Karl Vance as though he's reminding the reader who the character is. This is totally unnecessary and did niggle a bit, but after a while the story took over and I became engrossed in what is essentially a very good, fairly refreshing urban fantasy.
Blood Vice is quite original in that it combines mafia war with vampires and they actually mesh well together. There are also aspects in Blood Vice that I hope will be developed further in subsequent books, with Blood Vice being the first in the series. I think this novel is a good addition to the urban fantasy genre and would certainly recommend it.
I actually gave this book 7/10 on my blog, but Goodreads still doesn't offer half stars!(less)
'Magic Bites' is the first book in the 'Kate Daniels' series. I've heard lots of fantastic things about this series and read some very positive review...more'Magic Bites' is the first book in the 'Kate Daniels' series. I've heard lots of fantastic things about this series and read some very positive reviews, so with such high praise floating about I knew it was time to begin this series myself.
I must admit I started this book with very high expectations indeed. And it's probably because of this I was somewhat disappointed. But as with all first books in a series it's more about the laying down of foundations and it took me a while to connect with the characters. For me urban fantasy is all about the characters and I did see something in Kate that I liked - I've also been told the series just gets better, so another reason to continue with this series.
Kate's Guardian, who she's known for a very long time, is murdered and she decides to find out who killed him. There's lots of atmosphere and action, which I liked, and of course her investigations gets her into all sorts of trouble and awkward situations. One in particular is with a shifter king called Curran. He's a great character and I'm looking forward to reading more about him in book two.
There's a hint of romance between Kate and Curran but I liked that it wasn't too heavy, although there's a lot of sexual chemistry, which makes this pairing really exciting - I like when we're not given too much too soon.
This is a good start to a series, but it's not brilliant. However, there's enough intrigue regarding the characters and the story which makes me want to read book two, so look out for the review coming soon!(less)
'Red-Headed Stepchild' was such a fab read! It's the first in the 'Sabina Kane' series and what a fantastic start. I was pulled into Sabina's life fro...more'Red-Headed Stepchild' was such a fab read! It's the first in the 'Sabina Kane' series and what a fantastic start. I was pulled into Sabina's life from the get-go and I liked her immediately.
Sabina Kane is an assassin, which means she's one tough cookie. She fights hard and enjoys it, but to do this she has to sacrifice her personal life and do the bidding of her grandmother, the head of the Dominae, to the point that she will kill even her friends. She's also a 'half-blood' - half vampire and half mage. This is a difficult place to be as both are on the verge of war...with each other. Sabina's sassy, snarky attitude is just perfectly written and exactly how I like my urban fantasy heroines.
He grabbed my arm and spun me around into a choke hold. "If you wanted foreplay, you just had to ask," he whispered in my ear. By adjusting my weight, I managed to flip him over my shoulder easily. His body hit the ground like a sack of potatoes drenched in too much cologne. He lay still for a moment, shocked by the impact. I placed the heel of my boot against his neck. "You need to learn some manners," I said. "And while you're at it, try a breath mint."
However, although Sabina is a loner her character development is evident as the story progresses. In her fight to eliminate the enemy, in the form of vampire villan Clovis, Sabina meets a few people on the way who change her life. She begins to realise that having friends isn't such a bad thing and it was great to see her grow and become fond of them all.
'Red-Headed Stepchild' is definitely an urban fantasy but it also has a lot of humour. I usually prefer my UF to be on the darker, grittier side but with this book there are so many really well written light-hearted moments that I couldn't help but love it.
Most of these moments come in the form of a demon-cat, 'Mr Giggles', who is in fact a huge Mischief Demon called Giguhl, who was sent to kill Sabina. Unfortunately he doesn't succeed and instead becomes Sabina's familiar. To disguise himself to the outside world he transforms himself into a cat, and then for some unknown reason cannot transform back. It gets even funnier when Sabina tries to use magic she's never used before to turn him back into his very large, powerful imposing demon self, only to remove all the fur from Giguhl's cat body, to his utter embarrassment, revealing shiny wrinkled skin!
These moments were great and had me smiling and chuckling to myself. Having said that, if they weren't included it wouldn't have influenced the plot as the demon's role doesn't impact Sabina's mission. Also, I wasn't sure about this amount of humour in my urban fantasy at first, but only a short way into the book I was so enjoying Ms Wells' writing and the witty dialogue she used between the demon and Sabina that I couldn't imagine this sub-story not being there.
The other characters were also very well-rounded. Vinca is a sweet faery, more correctly a nymph. She's sweet and bubbly, but not as innocent as she looks as Sabina finds out when they go for a drink together...She's Sabina's first real 'friend' and it takes some getting used to, but Sabina soon warms to Vinca's peppy nature.
Clovis, on the other hand, is vile. He's the vampire villan who wants to rule over all the dark-races and he immerses himself in this role. I didn't like him one bit and I felt all of Sabina's disgust when he drinks from her. She's been sent by her Grandmother - who is an evil piece of work, I might add - to assassinate him, but while on the mission she discovers many unknown truths about her vampire family that leave her reeling and unable to fulfill her mission.
Now we get to the hero hottie, Adam - one word...Yum! Adam is a powerful Mage who has been sent to deliver Sabina to the mage family she never knew. Adam is a great character, just yummy, and delicious, and have I mentioned yummy? There is lots of sexual chemistry between Sabina and Adam and it begins with the love/hate kind - my favourite. They argue and fight and pretend they dislike each other immensely but it's obvious these two are hot for each other. Despite the fact there is this romantic aspect to 'Red-Headed Stepchild' it doesn't dip too far into the paranormal romance genre and feel it's still firmly within the urban fantasy camp.
I really loved this book! With such great characters, an exciting story with a fast-paced, action-packed plot, and a hint of romance, 'Red-Headed Stepchild' is a must read for any urban fantasy fan.(less)
Already Dead is exactly what I was hoping for: gritty, edgy and dark, and I was pulled into Joe Pitt's life from the very first page. Joe is a vampyre...moreAlready Dead is exactly what I was hoping for: gritty, edgy and dark, and I was pulled into Joe Pitt's life from the very first page. Joe is a vampyre and a paranormal detective of sorts, and is investigating deaths by zombie and the disappearance of a young girl after being hired by her mother who desperately wants her found. As the investigation moves along, both cases come together in a satisfying conclusion.
Joe doesn't give off great vibes at the beginning of the book, and he's even slightly unlikable, a bit of a sleazy character, with a sad and unsavoury past. But after a while I started to like him. He's actually a good guy who's just trying to get by, living his life as he wants to live it. Although sometimes it gets him into trouble.
Joe's world is that of rival vampyre gangs, which divide New York City. Joe belongs to neither, a rogue vampyre, preferring to stay neutral and only taking jobs from the rival clans when it suits him. This is treading dangerous ground, as each clan wants him to join them, and Joe knows it's only a matter of time before they make him choose.
There's also a side of romance with the addition of Evie, a human woman with her own problems, especially with her health. She isn't aware of Joe's 'disease' and he's not sure he wants to tell her. And yet the very thing that makes him a vampyre could save her life. We see a sweeter, gentler side to Joe when he's with Evie and I look forward to seeing how this relationship develops throughout the series.
Huston doesn't use quotation marks, although each passage of speech is separated with a dash. I thought this would cause confusion when I first started reading, but each character is so distinctive that I had no problem recognising who was talking.
Vampyrism is caused by a Vyrus and zombies are made by the transference of a bacteria which needs to feed on brains to survive, so there's enough lovely brain gorging to satisfy even the most diehard zombie fan.
Already Dead is a unique take on the vampyre story and a brilliant read. It's raw, atmospheric and has a very urban feel to it. If you love vampires and zombies then I'm sure you will love this book. But be warned this isn't the run of the mill urban fantasy, it's quite different with it's noir fiction style, but it's one I would recommend in a heartbeat. I can't wait to read the rest of this fantastic series.(less)
This is the second book in the 'Sabina Kane' series by Jaye Wells, and although I enjoyed it very much 'Th...moreI gave this 7/10 on my blog: Book Chick City
This is the second book in the 'Sabina Kane' series by Jaye Wells, and although I enjoyed it very much 'The Mage in Black' didn't quite live up to my expectations of what I hoped would be a fantastic follow up to the brilliant 'Red-Headed Setpchild'.
It could have been that I preferred reading about the Vampire world present in the first book rather than the Mage world which was dominant in this book. It may have been the fact that there was less humour and snarkiness between the characters, especially Sabina and Giguhl, the demon-cat (which I found very funny and endearing in book one). It may also have something to do with the fact that Adam was hardly present at all, which was a bit disappointing as I enjoyed the sexually infused banter between him and Sabina.
However, the void left by Adam was replaced with another male character in the form of the lovely, although very different, vampire, Slade, or better known to the dark-race as 'The Shade' (such a slight change to the name I'm not sure I understand why). His relationship with Sabina began many years ago and they didn't leave each other on good terms.
The writing in 'The Mage in Black' is just as good as the previous book, the imagination is still as vivid and Sabina continues to kick-arse, but the sparkle was missing for me. I didn't particularly like Sabina's sister, Maisie or the rest of the Mage characters. They dictated just as much as Sabina's grandmother, they were just more subtle about it. They told her she shouldn't fight, she should get in touch with her Mage side and learn magic and she shouldn't drink from humans but rather from a bag. One of the aspects I love about Sabina is that she doesn't apologise for who she is, which is a vampire and that means drinking human blood. Considering Sabina had just met them, I found their rules annoying and couldn't connect with any of them.
When Sabina meets up with 'The Shade' it was rather nice to get back to the world of vampire, and Sabina was just as relieved as I was. It was comforting and familiar. I don't often read books about lots of magic, but prefer to immerse myself in the world of vampires and werewolves rather than witches. And as this book if full to the brim of witchy magic it was a little slow going for me.
There's also the inclusion of a demon fight-club run by 'The Shade' in his bar/club Vein, and of course Giguhl wants to join. There's also love on the cards for Giguhl, which I'm not sure I liked. I preferred him as the demon-kitty much more than the love-sick randy demon. In fact, I saw him as a bit asexual and was surprised and a little disappointed if I'm honest that his character went down this route.
There is lots of action and intrigue. Sabina is being hunted and is nearly killed on numerous occasions, but who is behind the attacks? I was hoping for a sting in the tail...her sister maybe, or the leader of the Mage-race, Orpheus, but it turned out to be who I suspected, and unfortunately the culprit was a little dull. However, the suspense is very much there and with a fab character such as Sabina, it was easy to read this book in a short space of time.
Overall 'The Mage in Black' is a very good read and I really enjoyed it, despite the above, and the ending sets us up nicely for what will hopefully be a great third instalment in this exciting series.(less)
Tempest Rising is the first book in the 'Jane True' series and Nicole Peeler's debut. It's a light read with fun characters and magical creatures.
The...moreTempest Rising is the first book in the 'Jane True' series and Nicole Peeler's debut. It's a light read with fun characters and magical creatures.
The story begins with Jane who's trying to deal with a lot of painful history. Her mother left her and her father when Jane was only six, and the death of her boyfriend who she had known practically her entire life. The only thing in her life that Jane can totally rely on is the ocean and her nightly swims, until one night Jane pulls a dead body from the water, and the life she knows is changed forever.
I liked the aspect of Jane's past as it gave her character and personality the depth she is otherwise lacking. However, her past is frustratingly kept secret from the reader as well as the other characters in the book for a long time, which I thought was unnecessary and became rather annoying. It made me feel I couldn't quite get to know Jane and so I didn't connect with her at all.
Jane's internal reflections are annoyingly incessant. The "virtuous" Jane constantly discussed her life with the "libido" Jane, especially when meeting the lovely Ryu, a gorgeous vampire investigator who has come to her town to investigate several murders.
The continuous bickering with herself was, I'm sure, meant to be humorous but it just didn't work for me. Sometimes these witticisms would be injected at the completely wrong moments, such as the passage below:
"Ryu's other hand was brushing my hair away from my face, and then stroking over my cheek. Then he was supporting the back of my neck as he tilted my face up towards his...
...the tiny pointy tips of two very sharp-looking fangs had just begun to peep out from under hi to lip. Holy Shit! thought the part of me that was trying to remember where i kept our Band-Aids. Meanwhile, the part of me that was really attracted to Ryu was wondering, Does that mean he likes me?"
What was turning out to be quite a nice romantic moment between Jane and Ryu was ruined by Jane's stupid thoughts. This went on and on throughout the entire book and it was tiresome. Funny, witty, characters can't be forced, they either are or are not...
Jane isn't a particularly feisty character either, nor a strong one. She blushes at everything and throws-up a lot! She isn't kick-arse or dynamic and I found her a difficult character to like - to be honest I found her to be a little bland for my taste.
Ryu on the other hand is rather delish. I really like his character and enjoyed his interactions with those around him. He's sweet, handsome, sexy, everything that is pretty standard nowadays with vampires as love interests. And although he's a yummy male lead, there's nothing particularly unique or original about him. And I must say, I am a bit perplexed why his laugh is described as a bark!
Peeler's descriptions for Rockabill are vivid and gives the reader the feeling of a quaint little town full of quirky characters, but then the story moves on to a place called the Compound (not a very magical name is it) where there is no world-building at all. The compound felt cold and I just longed to get back to Rockabill, to the ocean and all the other characters I was introduced to at the beginning but left way too early.
The plot itself is okay, but it didn't rock my world. There are a few twist and turns but for the most part it was pretty predictable and tame with regards to action and suspense.
I much preferred the story when it was situated in Rockabill. It's here that I started to feel cosy - Rockabill is a great little town and it felt magical. I easily imagined the ocean, the cove and Jane's nightly, starlit swims in the water. I also began to like the paranormal characters in the cove.
Anyan is my favourite; a talking dog and so cute! He stays in animal form for most of the book but the suspicions I had about him were confirmed in the last couple of chapters. There's something very mysterious about him and there are moments which allude to him knowing Jane long before she knew him or any of the other creatures, and these are revealed at the end.
I liked Tempest Rising. It's an easy read and even with all it's faults I breezed through it in a couple of days. But due to the fact that I am a very character driven reader, and as I didn't care for Jane, I think this is the main reason I didn't love it.
However, the ending is my favourite part of the whole book and has now made me quite eager to read the next book in the series, Tracking the Tempest. I have a feeling Jane will develop a lot more and maybe into a heroine I can connect with and I hope that what I found lacking in the first book I will find in the second. (less)
I gave this book 5/10 on my blog but Goodreads doesn't offer half stars.
After reading Some Girls Bite, which I really enjoyed and thought was a great...moreI gave this book 5/10 on my blog but Goodreads doesn't offer half stars.
After reading Some Girls Bite, which I really enjoyed and thought was a great debut, Friday Night Bites is a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping to see the characters grow a lot more, relationships moved to the next level, more action. Instead I got a rather lack lustre tale.
Merit has moved into the Cadogan House and is reluctant to leave her best friend and roommate Mallory, not to mention having to be in close proximity to Ethan Sullivan, her vampire master and maker, who she loathes and lusts after in equal measure.
I found Merit difficult to like in this book - she's quite shallow at times, which is evident from the onset with her rather judgemental, if not a little bitchy, opinion of her gym instructor:
"Although I loved to dance, hip thrusting under Barbie's bubbly instruction and ever-bouncing bosom involved too little actual dance and too much cleavage. I needed to respect my dance master. Respect wasn't exactly the emotion Barbie inspired."
Really? Now, I know that this is probably meant to be light-hearted and in jest but it didn't give me a warm feeling about my heroine.
I also didn't get to know any more about Merit than what I was told in the first book - there's no real background to her, nothing in her past that makes her interesting. It's all in the "now" and the only interesting thing is that she was made into a vampire, but even the animosity and anger she so rightly felt towards Ethan for converting her without her consent (even if it was to save her life) is now gone with the bite of burger & fries:
"Thank you...because if I hadn't been changed, I couldn't eat this incredibly unhealthy food."
Some of Merit's snarky dialogue, which should have made me chuckle, didn't, and what was meant to be funny didn't really work and felt forced.
Ethan is an interesting character and there are moments when I think there's something quite special about him, but it's fleeting. He hasn't moved on in any way since Some Girls Bite. He's still grouchy, aloof, and not in the sexy, mysterious way.
The relationship between Merit and Ethan is also static and hasn't developed in any way. There's still a fair amount of sexual tension between them but it's all a bit dull, although the delicious scene in the library nearly made up for it - but not quite.
I really liked Morgan, Merit's other love interest. He was warm and sweet and said all the right things, that is until the second half of the book, when he became jealous and possessive - but then Merit was kind of leading him on. Flirting and kissing while wanting to be with another isn't cool and I can understand where Morgan is coming from.
Merit's best friend and upcoming sorceress, Mallory is being sent away to hone her skills. I like to think of Merit having some friends but it's a shame Mallory's character isn't fully developed and feels a bit surplus, as though she's there just to flesh out what is basically a fairly thin plot, a plot which contains much of the same as Some Girls Bite: Ethan is betrayed by one of his own. There are moments when things liven up and my interest piques but it soon fizzles away.
All in all, Friday Night Bites isn't a great second book. It doesn't include much romance, excitement or really that much of a storyline - there's no snap, crackle & pop! I was bored and disappointed. I just wish there was either more romance or more action because in Friday Night Bites there's neither.
Although I didn't particularly gel with any of the characters and found the plot to be lacking, the author does have an easy writing style that I like. I pray that things move on considerably in Twice Bitten, the third book in the series, otherwise it will be the end of the road for me and Merit..(less)
Frostbitten is the tenth book in the Women of the Otherworld series and is the return to the character, Elena who is in the first two books, Bitten an...moreFrostbitten is the tenth book in the Women of the Otherworld series and is the return to the character, Elena who is in the first two books, Bitten and Stolen.
I was able to get into Frostbitten quite quickly and I like the easy going style of writing and although it is easy to read it's by no means simplistic. It is a well written story and fairly past-paced, although it picks up considerably more in later chapters, and has quite a bit of action, which keeps you turning the pages. But it is the characterisation that I enjoyed the most.
Elena is a complex protagonist. She has a lot of history and this makes her really interesting. There is a lot of depth to her character and it's what I like most about this book, it makes me want to go back and read the first two books so I can find out more about her. I also enjoyed reading about Clay, her partner, who comes across as a hot, sexy, caring, 'but don't cross me or I'll kill you' kind of werewolf who also has a complicated past.
The plot I am intrigued with the most in this book is the werewolf heritage and the ancient creatures Elena and Clay come across while out in the Alaskan wilderness. Unfortunately, this plot only really kicks in about two thirds of the way through. It is at this point though that I really begin to enjoy the book. I wish that the majority of the book focused on this story line as the fights with the rogue werewolf pack, brothers Eddie and Tesler, did get a little tedious as times.
There are a couple of love scenes, but Armstrong is able to express sex and passion without being too explicit, which I was thankful for, as sometimes love scenes can be too graphic and this is more of a turn-off for me.
This is an enjoyable read. Whether you are a fan of Kelley Armstrong or new to her books, you won't be disappointed. I'm off now to read the rest of her books in order :)
This is the first book in a new series by Chloe Neill and I absolutely loved it!
I think this is a fresh new voice in the world of Urban Fantasy. It is...moreThis is the first book in a new series by Chloe Neill and I absolutely loved it!
I think this is a fresh new voice in the world of Urban Fantasy. It is well written and witty and I was pulled into Merit's world from the first few pages. If I didn't have so many distractions I would have read this book all in one go, it is that good.
The main character, Merit, was an ordinary college student but is now a newly turned vamp. The story begins with Merit having gone through 'the Change' and how she deals with it. I love the combination of innocence and naivety with the kick-arse chick saves the day persona. It is also refreshing to read about 'the change' from human to vampire, as this part is usually skipped as we are plonked directly in the middle of the story without knowing the beginning and how it all started.
It is great to see Merit grow into her new role as Sentinel ,and I can't wait to find out how her relationships with Morgan, a vamp from a rival House, and Ethan, her boss and Master, develop. Both male characters are hot and very likable, and at this point I have no idea who I want her to be with. Merit is sassy and down to earth with a little bit of sexiness thrown in.
I love all the characters in this book and I especially enjoyed the fact that Merit has a best friend, Mallory, who she can confide in and gossip with, as usually with this genre the female protagonist is a loner and doesn't like friendships as they come under 'too much baggage'. So, this is really refreshing and I hope it continues throughout the series. I'm also intrigued to find out how Mallory deals with her own predicament of newly discovered powers.
This is a great start to a new series and I really can't wait for the next installment. I absolutely recommend it!(less)