Published: October 2012
Sourced: ARC from NetGalley
Ordinary is not a word Audrey would use to describe her family. Between her mother the superhero/vigilante ‘Morning Star’ and the psychic ability she shares with her grandmother, Audrey is well accustomed to strange happenings in her household. But none of that could have prepared her for learning (rather violently) that her mother isn’t fighting criminals, but demons. And something is stirring in this new world she finds herself in – something that threatens to destroy the family she has only just discovered. Something that Audrey might just be able to stop.
This is quite honestly the best urban fantasy novel I have read since City of Bones. The world building is thorough but efficient, using Audrey’s ‘Knowing’ as a way of discovering the new reality that she is falling into. The plot is well-paced, gripping, and addictive in that incredible way that makes you forget that it helps to pay attention to which train station you are pulling into if you actually want to get to work on time. Audrey makes for a tough yet believably vulnerable heroine whose growth as a character feels incredibly natural. The more peripheral characters are similarly well developed and certainly manage to earn their place in this novel. Audrey’s relationships with those around her, particularly her mother, are beautifully explored and feel refreshingly real. While there is a love story (with a positively gorgeous guy as Audrey’s love-interest), it takes a definite back-seat to what is primarily a tale of good-vs-evil – with a few quirky twists.
City of Bones meets Storm in this thrilling and captivating YA read – and if it happens to promote a few extra books showing up in the ‘superpower’ genre, well, I won’t be complaining.