Living among mortals, the djinn Cassiel has developed a reluctant affection for them-especially for Warden Luis Rocha. As the mystery deepens around the kidnapping of innocent Warden children, Cassiel and Luis are the only ones who can investigate both the human and djinn realms. But the trail will lead them to a traitor who may be more powerful than they can handle…
“There is no such thing as unlimited trust. At some point, all beings with free will can, and will, betray you when you’re no longer pursuing the same goals.”
Definite dip in enjoyment this book compared to Undone. Last book was interesting because it had Cassiel learning to be human. This book doesn’t really have much going for it on its own. Despite taking place maybe a few days after becoming human, Cassiel has basically fully assimilated into being human. This book forsakes everything in order to cram as much action into it, yet it still manages to cram in half a sex scene.
The best thing about this series was the fact that Cassiel was never human, and now she is. Almost everything about this fact has been erased except when it suits the plot. It is frustrating how quickly Cassiel “assimilated” to being human. It is only relevant at all when she appears slightly less than what the people around her expect her to be for the situation (despite everyone acting different, and her not acting too different from the rest – or worse, exactly the same as everyone else is acting). The only other time it comes up is when the author choose a really inconvenient time to explore her “human feelings, ethics, and morals”. All of this is incredibly frustrating, and doesn’t really make for a good read.
The events in this book can be categorised in two different ways. The first way is Cassiel does something morally or ethically questionable, for a human, and everyone looks at her weird for it but it is the right call. This is especially annoying, because this was the choice they were always going to make this choice, Caine just had to highlight her otherness with these scenes. The second way things play out is Cassiel makes a boneheaded decision, lets see how it comes back to bite her in the ass later!
The book has pretty much zero downtime. Things like eating and sleeping are mostly forgotten about, despite the book going on for several days. For the most part, the only time they get any real sleep is when they’re knocked out, which really is not a real sleep. They get hurt so often in this book, and they “drain themselves of power” so much that the fact that basic life necessities are missed is really glaring. This book is seriously gogogogogogogo, gotta go have to do what I’ve set out to do, everything depends on it. It is absolutely exhausting.
While the book does spike up my adrenaline a bit, it feels artificially done so. Despite the adrenaline, it doesn’t really mean I find the plot especially interesting. It feels pretty bland, even. None of the events stand out as being overly important or that there is any specific purpose to them having happened the way they do. It is like the events could have unfolded in any way the author could have come up with, because the outcome would have been the same either way because that is “The Plan”.
This romance still feels completely off-balance to me. The disparity in powers is incredible. Not only is there the whole djinn powers + human powers (which isn’t all that bad, really, except that Cassiel could still turn into cold Cassiel), there is the fact that both of them could easily hold something over the other in order to get what they want. They don’t have the relationship yet where this would never happen (and the way it is going, they never will have that sort of relationship, either). Not to mention the fact that Cassiel literally has to feed off of him in order to survive. While mildly cute, it is an incredibly creepy relationship, leaves me feeling uneasy.
Not as good a book as the last one was. At least this book didn’t really end on a cliffhanger, those are annoying.
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