For one, the pacing is a lot tighter. Everything moves quickly, making the book easy to read. The plot is simplified: Lucien comes back into Meena’s life just as tourists are disappearing in Manhattan. Overall, the story just works a lot more.
I also love Meena’s brother, and, of course, Alaric. (And I didn’t get that Alaric’s last name being Wulf makes the whole Alaric v. Lucien thing wolf v. vampire until someone on Goodreads pointed it out. I have to turn my brain off sometimes.) I am Team Alaric, obviously.
Meg Cabot still hates vampires, which I am forever grateful for.
Did I mention I love Meena’s brother? He’s really the highlight of this whole book fo rme. His man-crush on Alaric, his new vampire weapon, and his love for Yalena all make me want to squish him. I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s literary boyfriend material, but he is, at the very least, one fun character.
Alaric can be my boyfriend, though. He’s great. And I love Jack Bauer (Meena’s dog).
I wish I could engage with Meena more, though. I’m sure if I did, I would’ve really enjoyed this book instead of just thinking it okay.
I definitely approve of the ending, though.
In conclusion: A quick read with some memorable characters and a lean plot. Would make a good beach/pool read.
Source: I received this book for free from the publisher to review.