Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Riley Blackthorne is beginning to learn that there are worse things than death by demon. And love is just one of them...
Seventeen-year-old Riley has about had it up to here. After the devastating battle at the Tabernacle, trappers are dead and injured, her boyfriend Simon is gravely injured, and now her beloved late father’s been illegally poached from his grave by a very powerful necromancer. As if that’s not enough, there's Ori, one sizzling hot freelance demon hunter who’s made himself Riley’s unofficial body guard, and Beck, a super over-protective “friend” who acts more like a grouchy granddad. With all the hassles, Riley’s almost ready to leave Atlanta altogether.
But as Atlanta’s demon count increases, the Vatican finally sends its own Demon Hunters to take care of the city’s “little” problem, and pandemonium breaks loose. Only Riley knows that she might be the center of Hell’s attention: an extremely powerful Grade 5 demon is stalking her, and her luck can't last forever...
Is it March yet? I usually read the first book in a new series and love it, then end up disliking the second, and forcing myself to try the third. I have to say though this wasn't the case with these books. I actually think the second book was better than the first.
This picked up where the first book left off, Riley is trying to keep it together after learning about what happened to her father, and the attack on the Tabernackle. she is scared and traumatized by things she saw and by seeing what happened to Simon. Riley ends up being put into a sticky situation when she goes to visit Simon, she did was seemed right at the time but like every good deed it NEVER goes unpunished.
Sweet caring Simon begins to change, no longer sweet and caring, he is nasty, cruel, and paranoid. this change leaves Riley broken hearted and under the scrutiny of the hunters, who believe she is working for the "bad guys".
Now add the very sexy Ori and we have a recipe for disaster, Trying to get over her broken heart and rebel against Beck, she starts down a road with Ori that I enjoyed since I adore him, but in the end things are always what they appear. Riley in the end is left with very few options, a fight with Beck leaves her friendless and alone.
The ending of this book was pretty awesome, a few things happened that I wasn't expecting, and I couldn't have been happier with it. I liked how certain relationships evolved from the first book to the end of the second. At times I didn't hate Harper, So much was going on in this book, bootleg holey water, demons, demon hunters, and inter guild arguing.
I really can't wait for the next one to come out, this is one addicting series that I have totally fallen in love with. I give this one 5 stars and recommend this series if you have started it yet, go do it now!