(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Books4Reviews!)
22-year-old MacKayla just had the worse experience of her life - her sister was murdered and she had to go and identify her mangled body. But now the police over in Dublin want to put the case on a back-burner because they have no leads, and Mac can't bear to let that happen.
Quitting her job and taking every penny she has with her, Mac leaves her grieving parents and travels to Dublin where her sister was studying, intent on finding her sister's killer. What she doesn't expect though is the strange things that begin happening to her when she begins making enquires about something her sister said she was looking for in her last ever message to her - the Sinsar Dubh.
Suddenly pulled into a world where the fae are a strange and menacing reality, Mac must try and solve her sister's murder, whilst at the same time preventing her own. What was it that Alina was trying to tell her though? And will she fall into the same trap?
I enjoyed this book, although considering that it was set in Dublin, I didn't get much of an Irish vibe from the scene setting. I've been to Dublin and I can't say that the places that Mac visited reminded me of Ireland at all, and although she commented on people using the word 'Craic' (pronounced 'crack' and meaning fun) she didn't comment on the fact that Irish people also like to say 'that's grand' and 't'anks a million', so the whole Irish thing was kind of lacking.
Also, Mac commented on areas of the city that she called 'dark spots', abandoned areas where shades (lowest caste of unseelie fae) prey on humans and eat them! Mac says that these areas have been forgotten, and that they are not even on current maps! How bizarre is that? How can nobody notice a huge great chunk of space in a city like Dublin where nobody ever ventures? Bit odd.
Anyway, other than the Irish thing, and the dark zones thing, I liked the characters, I liked the storyline, it was a bit dull in places, but then action packed a few pages later. Mac reminded me a lot of Sookie Stackhouse, probably in part because she was southern too, but she had a lot of the same ideals about clothing and food and stuff, she also ended up dealing with supernaturals too!
This book did shock me in places though, mainly because it ran along in a very YA, PG13 sort of way, and then suddenly, some random fairy turns up and she starts talking about orgasms and touching herself inappropriately! It's not that I'm against sex in books, in fact quite the opposite, I love the black dagger brotherhood books, and I even enjoyed the first book in the fifty shades trilogy, but this was just so sudden, and totally out of the blue that I was just a bit stunned!
Anyway, I did enjoy this book, and I'm interested to see where the rest of the series goes.
7.5 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth