I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I loved the first novel in this series so much, and I am so excited to have had the chance to review this novel as well. With such an interesting protagonist, and such a unique storyline, it was all I could do to finish off my work at the lab and curl up with this book!
In a world where Genetic Others like vampires and werewolves try to coexist with humans, life can be … complicated. Phoebe Harkness, a scientist, tries to stay neutral in the ongoing fights between all of the different factions, especially once she is named as liaison between the Genetic Others and the Cabal, the ruling institution of New Oxford. Her first mission? To negotiate with the Tribals, a group of werewolves that live like nomads. But before she can make any headway, she learns of a series of murders, with signs showing that it was the handiwork of Tribals. The Tribal leader, Kane, insists that his people are not a part of this… and Phoebe believes him. Phoebe, along with her friends, must get to the bottom of these horrific killings – before all hell breaks loose and another war begins.
Just as with the first novel in this series, I fell in love with the story line and the main character. Phoebe continues to be my favorite character of all time, with her witty, humorous remarks, and her penchant for danger. All of the other characters stay stable, keeping the same dynamics as with the first novel. I liked that this story introduced werewolves while still sticking to the main overarching story from the first book. However, there were parts of the story that left me wanting more. I wanted more of a buildup of the backstory, I wanted more depth to the evil characters, I wanted Phoebe to probe deeper into the mysteries and ask more questions. I felt like there were a lot of things that were left loose-ended, and I have no idea if the author will be addressing any of them in the next book. While I still laughed and was drawn to my seat, the story didn’t feel complete and I was just a tad bit disappointed with how some things were just written off. The antagonist continues to have really cheesy dialogue, which makes it hard for me to take the plot seriously. Hopefully that will be improved in the next novel. I enjoyed the science aspects, and there was definitely more biology in this book than in the previous one – and it was ACCURATE!!!! All in all, this was a good sequel that got me pumped, and I am eager to read the next installment!