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 Camille is a wicked-good witch whose magic is as unpredictable as the weather. My sister Menolly is a vampire trying to get the hang of being undead. And me? I’m Delilah. When I’m under stress, I transform into a tabby cat–and a series of violent murders is really getting me bent out of shape…
Someone’s been slaughtering the Weres of the Rainier Puma Pride, and my sisters and I have been enlisted to investigate by Zachary Lyonnesse, golden boy of the werepumas. Right away we smelled demon trouble, and we tracked it directly into the snare of the Hunters Moon Clan, sworn enemies of Puma Pride. But there’s more than Were rivalry at work. It’s that old demon Shadow Wing who is setting a deadly snare for the pumas. We have to find out why, which means a visit one to of the Immortals. Unfortunately, for my sisters and me, our half-human blood is just enough to put us in mortal danger.” “At the Wayfarer Inn, a portal to Otherworld and the local hangout for humans and beasties alike, our fellow operative Jocko’s been murdered. Every clue points to Shadow Wing, the soul-munching, bad-ass 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 always love it when an author manages to surprise me with an interesting plot. Could we please have done without the concept of spider shifters, though? Spiders?! Eeeppp! One of my least favorite things in the world and I had to spend over half this book imagining all the creepy possibilities that little twist managed to bring out. I thought for sure I’d have nightmares and this so isn’t a scary book.
Okay, other than that I’m a wuss when it comes to the creepy crawlies, I did really like the direction this book took with the plot. Normally the concept of a spider shifter would have broke something in my brain trying to believe it, but I think this was done well enough to skirt that issue for me.
I had some of the same issues with this book as I had with the first one with regards to the lack of a more natural flow of conversation. In a lot of cases it was hard to determine what kind of emotions should be going along with the words because it wasn’t clear which made it hard to connect with the characters mindset. The shifts in conversation didn’t seem natural and tended to trip me up. Again, not in all of them, but in enough that it is definitely noticeable.
I’m still not totally buying the cultural issues with regards to the sexual relationships in these books. It still falls a bit onto the flaky side for me which makes them a bit less believable, no matter how interesting the characters may be. That flakiness takes something away from their likability for me.
I still really enjoyed the story, though. There was enough that I did like to overshadow the few things that bugged me. Already have the next book in the series on my To Read list.