Release Date: First published January 1, 2006
Format: Audio MP3
Pages: Mass Market Paperback: 342 pages/ Audio Length: Approx 9 hours
Narrator: Joyce Bean
Source: Library Borrow via Overdrive
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Date: September 9, 2013
Rating: 3 bookmarks
Synopsis: MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.
When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….
As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….
Fae's in Ireland. Big, bad, and scary looking faeries. Ones that are beautiful one moment, your worst nightmare the next. Top that with murder, intrigue, mystery and a crap load of lies on top of lies make this story full of twists and turns. Mac is just a southern belle determined to find out what happened to her sister until stuff gets real and she starts to discover secrets that will change the direction of her life forever. I liked the steady pace of the story. I enjoyed the world building as well. I really felt that I was immersed in Ireland and I could visualize the scenes easily.
I didn't like the level Mac's naivete. This chick is hard headed and is in serious denial. It's sort of ironic. She is there trying to find out who killed her sister, she knows her sister was hiding things from her, yet when she sees paranormal things right in front her she tries to turn a blind eye most of the time. I guess that is one thing, but in addition to that she's severely hung up on how she looks. It was a bit much, the constant reiteration of how barbie beautiful she is. When she has to dye her hair to hideout from the evil Fae she all but has a breakdown over it. It's odd, there were even a few scenes when she focuses on her chipped nail polish or the color of the polish. You'd think that would be the last thing on her mind.
I don't think I liked Jericho very much. Mac gets help of sorts from him, but he's truly one mean and creepy dude who has his own motives for helping her. She clearly wants to trust him but she's not sure if she can. He's so abrasive and condescending, I don't even think he really wanted to help her. Even after it all, maybe he still doesn't. He just wanted the same thing she did and he seemed to sort of start liking her along the way. After finishing the book, I feel the jury is still out on him.
Lastly, the telling of this story was very different than anything I've read. Not bad, just different. Mac is telling this story to us, the audience, like it's something that happened in her past. I'm not sure how much further in the series she is reflecting from or even if each book continues on in this memory-like fashion. But it's unique and I like it.
With that said, if at sometime my TBR list lightens up and decide to read on with this series, I will do just that. Read it.
Happy Reading & Listening,