Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Release Date: May 7th, 2015
From the moment Alina touches London's hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate – and the fae – close in.
Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem – Alina. There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison. Three are dead. One remains … And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love.
I love fae books with a passion, but this one just did not work for me at all.
They story is kind of a strange one and one I haven't read before which was a good thing, but it really fell flat. We have Alina and she having just lost her job as a reporter spies the perfect story, Sovereign. He is the resident bad boy rockstar and a fae. The fae in this world are known and there are rules within the city. One of those rules is not to touch them and what does Alina do almost instantly, yep you guessed it she touches him. Now this normally wouldn't have bothered me but she goes on and on about the whys and how wrong it is and then BAM touches him. The story from there gets a little strange and it all boils down to a few things...1. Alina thinks she is bespelled by Sovereign...2.She doesn't care at certain convenient times and just goes with her hormones...3. There are a whole lot of spiders around and nobody is telling anybody anything...and 4. So so many plots holes that center around what Alina actually is and what Sovereign is hiding. I just can't look past all the negatives in the story.
I didn't care about the characters either. I think the cop Andrew would have been a nice cast member, but he gets kind of pushed aside for the fae and well I don't like triangles so really it wouldn't have worked for me the other way either. I think he was the one real part of this book and he was completely disregarded.
Sovereign and Alina were not enjoyable at all. Sovereign had too much of the bad boy always gets his own way attitude and Alina was too sarcastic with a wannabe edge. They just didn't fit together. The secondary characters weren't any better and like I said this story is filled with plot holes and the characters had them as well. I don't get where Shay really fit and I don't understand any of the fae really. I think the author tried to throw too much in and the story and cast were like a big ball of loose thread. Things really needed tightening up.
The biggest problem I had though was the whole star crossed lovers bit. Alina and Sovereign have quite a bit of a struggle ahead of them for reasons I can't name due to spoilers and I just don't understand it at all. Again major plot hole that was not in anyway explained.
This looks to be a series and normally I would give the second book a chance but I don't think I could live inside of Alina head again. I didn't connect with her and I can't see spending another 300 pages hoping and trying too.