Gwen Sparks is the typical girl next door - if you lived next door to a skilled witch who could read the thoughts of the dead and owned her own magic shop, that is. Her ex is a werewolf, and her new love interest is a vampire, and if that isn't enough excitement, local witches are being murdered, leading Gwen in search of a dangerous killer. Unfortunately, she must work with her ex, deal with a psychotic ghost, and try to keep her neck off the chopping block, while simultaneously trying to keep her life in check. Sometimes being a witch that everyone can count on can be a total bitch...
The first thing that pulled me in was the cover: the color and the mystery/allure behind her dark eyes spoke to me, "You want to know what I know," and I did. As soon as I started reading I realized that this urban fantasy was everything I liked about YA fiction but for a more mature audience. The characters, particularly Gwen and Aiden, are realistic and well-developed, and the dialogue/actions between them have a really good flow. I enjoyed getting to know them and was definitely a fan of their chemistry- especially in a few of the more mature passages. The plot wasn't the normal cookie-cutter paranormal romance and it held a few fast-paced surprises, including the ending. Stephanie Nelson definitely knows how to write a book that keeps the reader excited and entertained. Glad to read a book that didn't have the same "human + vampire/werewolf = undying love" theme. Overall, I can honestly say that I can't wait for the next book in the series; I hope it comes out soon!
Rating: On the Run (4/5)
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