Published by Kensington on April 28th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
There Be Monsters Here. . .
It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America." Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.
I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.
But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend's pawn shop, and I have to make a call--get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn't. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I'm stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I'm going to end up just like her. .
At first I was a little bored. I have to admit that the beginning didn’t really grab me and make me want to read more, but then it started to amp up. And by the time it was, I fallen deeply in love with it. The story, the characters, the world, the mystery, the trolls, the monsters, the guards, Lila, Devon, Feliz, EVERYTHING just made me want to keep reading more and more and MORE! I loved the action sequences that was going on, and I feel like those sequences was one of the main reasons that I loved this book. It was so detailed and perfected that it felt like I was watching the show-down go on through my own eyes…even though I probably wouldn’t want to see this show-down with my own eyes.
And then I was off. Gabi where are you?! Where did you go?! Oh well you see I was right beside Lila and was watching her and Devon practically fall in love with each other AND THEN NEVER ADMIT THEIR FEELINGS! But I guess it comes with every single shippable couple in a young adult book. 😀 But there was another reason that I was off…GABI WHERE THE HECK DID YOU GO?! I went into the world. Now my favorite part of reading is having your surroundings disappear and you yourself is in the book. And you may guess that I went into it, because I never came out until the book finished (which by the way I didn’t appreciate very much).
Lila. Lets start off with that girl. I lovef her and I hated her at the same time. Loved her because of how bad ass she was and then hated her because…Devon. SHE SHOULD JUST FREAKING ADMIT HER FEELINGS TO THA BOY IN THE FIRST BOOK! Okay enough about that, Lila you are a awesome person you really are but…I think that you might need to drink a gallon of Smart Water hon. FELIX LETS TALK ABOUT MY FAVORITE CHARACTER FELIX! Right off the bat I love him. I love him to freaking death. He is the mot humorous person in the book, and he has so many wonderful fantabulous secret *sinister smile* Now at first I thought Felix was going to be like a player image,but really he’s like a big brother image. He’s a big brother to Lila, and the small annoying little brother to Devon. Now now spoilieries or anything but you read the book and you know about his little secret…DON’T YOU JUST LOVE IT?!?!? I love love love love LOVE this and I vote for having its own novella about it. *raises hands* Anyone? I’ll start a petition.
Now we have come to our last character in the three musketeers. Devon. Devon is one unique persona. I don’t know what to think of him. I know I like him, but I would never add him to the fictional boyfriend list. I definitely prefer him over Lila in their relationship, because he is the only one who has brains in the relationship. HE actually expresses his feelings towards Lila. Lila you might want to take some notes. But all in all, I seriously do not know what to make of him.
Now to be concluded, I loved this book. And I loved the second one 😉 YES YES I have read the second one and I loved it and now I am recommending this series like crazy to all of y’all!
“I’d always thought of the monsters as my own sort of standoffish pets. If, you know, you thought pets that could eat you were cool. Which I totally did.”
― Jennifer Estep,
“Sometimes, I thought pity was the most heartless thing in the world. All it did was make people feel superior to you, happy, safe, and smug in the knowledge that someone had it worse than they did.”
― Jennifer Estep,
“You might say that I was a sort of modern-day Robin Hood, merrily stealing from the rich. Only I never, ever gave my loot away for free.”
― Jennifer Estep,
“But it was the second guy who caught my eye. Like the girl, he, too, paused by the door, seeming even more wary than she looked. The sunlight streaming in through the windows highlighted the rich honey in his dark chocolate brown hair, even as it cast his face in shadow. The tan skin of his arms resembled marble—hard, but smooth and supple at the same time.
He must have passed through the mist spewed up by the fountain outside, because his black T-shirt was wet in places and the damp patches clung to his skin. The wetness allowed me to see just how muscled his chest was. Oh, yeah, I totally ogled that part of him, right up until I spotted the silver cuff on his right wrist.
Given the angle, I couldn’t tell what crest was stamped into the metal, but I glanced at the others, who also wore cuffs. I sighed. So they belonged to some Family then. Wonderful. This day just kept getting better.”
― Jennifer Estep,