Blurb: We’re the D’Artigo sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, we’re savvy—and sexy—operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But our mixed-blood heritage short-circuits our talents at all the wrong times. My sister Delilah shapeshifts into a tabby cat whenever she’s stressed. Menolly’s a vampire who’s still trying to get the hang of being undead. And me? I’m Camille—a wicked-good witch. Except my magic’s as unpredictable as the weather, as my enemies are about to find out the hard way…
At the Wayfarer Inn, a portal to Otherworld and the local hangout for humans and beasties alike, a fellow operative, Jocko, has been murdered. Every clue points to Shadow Wing, the soul-munching, badass leader of the Subterranean Realms. He’s made it clear that he aims to raze humankind to the ground, turning both Earth and Otherworld into his private playground. Our assignment: Keep Shadow Wing and his minions from creeping into Earth via the Wayfarer. The demons figure they’re in like Flynn. After all, with only my bumbling sisters and me standing in the way, how can they miss? But we’ve got a secret for them: Faulty wiring or not, nobody kicks ass like the D’Artigo girls…
Review: I went back and forth between whether this was a 3 or a 4 star book, so it really kind of lands right on the line between the two, but I went ahead and dropped into the 4 because I did like it.
At first, I wasn’t sure I’d even finish it because there were things that keep throwing me off of getting into the story. Probably one of the bigger things was that the conversations between the characters seemed really stilted and unnatural, like the emotions just didn’t translate. It felt as if they were in there without any context as to what was going on in the scene beyond the words in the conversation.
The other thing that started to bug me was how some of the background and history was presented. It was kind of like reading a dry essay at a couple of points, just a way to throw it in there and get it out of the way because the reader needed the information.
After the first couple of chapters, though, things got a whole lot better. Either I finally got into the story or the writing got better, I’m not sure which. Either way, I did end up enjoying the story and the majority of the characters. I’m not sure I’m all that thrilled with how some of the romantic scenarios are presented. There is a level of casualness that strikes me as flighty rather than as a cultural standard that I think the author is trying to convey.
I think that the way the world is presented was done pretty well and has lots of interesting potential. Many of the characters are the same. There are a couple that may end up being the kind that a reader loves to hate, but I’m not sure we’ve seen enough of their personality to know if that will be the case or if they are weak characters.
All in all, it ended up being a pretty good book. I already have the next one on my To Read list. As there are quite a few books in this series, I’m hoping that they continue to be good at the very least. Best case is that they get even better and potentially creep up on the rating scale.