Source: received eARC from author in exchange for an honest review
Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate if she hopes to graduate as the top guardian of her year. Everything would be fine if she wasn’t forced to partner with Ryn, her ex-friend, ex-enemy, current ‘sort of friend’. They might be trying to patch up their relationship, but does she really want to spend a week undercover with him for their final assignment? On top of that, the possibly insane Unseelie Prince is still on the loose, free to ‘collect’ as many specially talented faeries as he can find—and Vi is still at the top of his list. Add in faerie queens, enchanted storms, complicated not-just-friends feelings, and a murder within the Guild itself, and graduation is about to become the least of Vi’s problems.
Now this is how I like it! Good golly Miss Molly! Ms. Morgan is a gifted twist weaver and cliffhanger queen. I am definitely reading the next installment.
I read the first book in this series when it was in its serial state and back then the novellas was too short and choppy (had to wait a month or so for the next novella to come) to give me a comfortable sense of where the story and characters were going so I was left feeling excited but frustrated too.
Yay! I'm glad Ms. Morgan decided to continue the Creepy Hollow story in a full novel series. This read just flowed better and I felt sated. The story and character developments were on course so that made turning the pages a pleasant experience. Oooohh, of course the twists, especially in the last 30% of the book! I seriously was thinking, generally, what a gift authors have in organizing such complex stories and make them all fall into place. Amazing! Ms. Morgan is doing it in this series and I'm at awe at such a talent. Well done!
For your information, this book unfolded well that it can be read as a stand alone. A summary was given within the story of what generally transpired in the first book so you won't feel you've missed too much.
I really like Violet in this book. Still a tough cookie and emotionally guarded but here we see some softness chipping through. I like that. Speaking of like, oh Ryn, oh Ryn ...I hope you don't turn out to be a bad guy in the next book. That kind of twist would just be cruel!
By the way, this book cover, are those the glowing butts? Hehehe... ;)