One of two things always happen when I finish a really great book. Either I immediately can write an extremely long and gushing review OR I get stuck in the haze that is a major book hangover and have to wait until a later time to actually leave a review. I currently feel like I’m stuck in the later of those two options but I need to just get this review into the world anyway. It’s probably because I just started reading last night, stayed up late, and then spend most of this morning ignoring all else except for this book. I really had wanted to re-read The Raging Ones first but this one just kept calling to me and I physically couldn’t wait to start any longer.
This book picks up right after the first one ends. Court, Mykal, and Franny have been separated from the rest of their team, thrown into a cell, and are being starved since being found out to be human. Naturally, they are all on the edge of a major breakdown, especially since Court is dying from infection. It’s pretty tense and while I KNEW they would get out, things were looking pretty bleak. Enter Stork. Ohhh hooooo I should have known this boy was going to become pretty darn special. I loved his sassy attitude and how he got under Franny’s skin so easily. I loved how we could see his obvious struggle with wanting to share information with the trio but torn with not wanting to disobey the wishes of his admirals that gave up their lives.
The more and more he does tells them, though, is just so intriguing. I love that every question that Franny had from the last book, that WE as readers had, is tied up nicely. This is seriously one of the most unique premises that I have ever read and while there were some iffy spots with the plot in the first book, this book rocked. I honestly don’t want to get too deep into it because there may be a twist that is AMAZING and that you won’t see coming and I wouldn’t want that to be spoiled for anyone. Just know that you will be HOOKED. And….that you might cry several times…..
Honestly the best part of this series, unique plot aside, is always going to be the characters. I can say that about any of their books, actually. They always take the time to curate these characters that anyone can find similarities with. They sink their hooks into your soul and never leave. Even more than that, the relationships that they all have with one another are always so beautiful and memorable. Whether they be romantic, familial, or friendships, I can tell you right now that they will be some my most favorite. The bond between Court, Mykal, and Franny is as strong as in the first book, if not stronger. Getting to see all of them love each other so much that they try to avoid certain things so as to not make the others’ life harder (Franny trying to suppress her feelings/desire for Stork) just hurt so much but also just proved to me even more how much they all were willing to do with one another. I think they really learn in this book that while they are what they are to each other, that they (especially Franny) can’t hold back from anything just because they are worried about the connection.
Getting to see more of Zimmer, Kinden, Padgett, and Gem was so fun, too. Everyone had their own perfect role and they all still meshed so well. Seeing the brothers spend more time together (maybe one more pair than we first had 🙂 ) warmed my heart. Court and Mykal’s happy ending warmed my heart. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST. STORK AND FRANNY AHHHHHHHH. I ship it. I ship them SO HARD. I died every single time he called her dove and smirked at her and ugh…….my heart. I’m not lying when I say I am VERY close to starting this over immediately. Instead I think I’ll just have to actually go back and reread The Raging Ones like I had wanted and see where the wind takes me after that.
P.S. This book had so many good quotes but I was a failure and didn’t highlight because I was too caught up…lol…next time
HUGE thanks to Edelweiss and Wednesday Books for allowing me to read an eARC in exchange for an honest review♥