Okay, here’s the thing. I’m probably harder than I ought to be on the books I receive from Netgalley, wanting apostrophes to be where they’re supposed to be and the correct homophones to be used and commas to be where they’re supposed to be which is a rather hypocritical thing to say considering this sentence. And in this book, at times, none of that happens consistently: “insure” instead of “ensure”, and “the jokes on me”, and “laying” for “lying”, and dangling participles, and run-on sentences and comma splices like “The shade was famous, it was called Ever Blue.”
I don’t care.
And I didn’t care. I flinched when the errors came up, and muttered a little prayer that they’d be fixed for publication … and forgot about them a few seconds later. Because this was good. It was so good. It was so bloody damned good that I wanted to buy drinks for all the characters (except, you know, the truly horrible ones) and hug them and keep reading about them indefinitely. I genuinely missed them when the book was over. I love this book; I love these characters (even the horrible ones) and their growth and depth; I love the world(s)-building and the not-quite-hereness of it and the utterly beautiful and unique story. I can’t wait for the second book.
It’s got everything. It’s funny – “‘I am certain it’s a dog,’ she said” – and moving and suspenseful. I cared – still care – what happened. My heart broke at one point, and I kept reading in a kind of a daze (but … no… I’m telling you, you’re messing up the story…) until something else happened and I yipped and all but punched the air. And a little while later came one of the sweetest love scenes I’ve ever read.
And then there was the time I had to convince a demon he was pretty.
Okay, I do wish someone would take a firm hand on the editing reins. It was pretty bad. Normally I’d feel it necessary to knock off a star. So let’s just say I knocked off a half a star and rounded up. Just to maintain my cred as a cantankerous grammar Nazi.
I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.