Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “last-chance” home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do anything to keep her safe. After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain: Daniel, her co-worker. The man she loves.
But there is something unique about Zoey. She can see fae. Because of this, the DMG hires her to work as a Collector: catching, researching, testing, and using the fae to save human lives. The work never registers on her sympathy radar. She was raised to think of fae as beasts that feed on humans and want to destroy them.
When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey's whole world is turned upside down. The electric storm connects her to a ruthless fae, a Wanderer named Ryker, whose dealings expose them to even more trouble and danger. They embark on a journey, running and hiding from both the government and fae, both of which threaten their lives and those they love.
Expected publication: February 4th 2015 by Twisted Fairy Publishing
*** I received an ARC from Mark My Words Publicity through NetGalley for an honest review. Expected publication date: 2/4/2015 ***
This was my first book by Ms. Brown and it definitely won’t be the last. City of Embers had it all. A great balance of action, drama, humor, sexual tension and snark, I’m a huge fan of good snark, all rolled together to make a well paced story that had me hooked from page one. There were quite a few twists and turns that surprised me, there were a few I did see coming, but they were all well done and only served to strengthen the plot and overall arc of the story. Zoey is my kind of character. Strong, intelligent, compassionate woman who kicks ass and doesn’t back down from what she believes is important, but isn’t so arrogant that she doesn’t know when she may not know best. What I also liked was that she didn’t do any major ‘poor me’ pity parties. She has a few reasons to in the book, but she takes the steps needed to keep going and survive. Ryker. Big, bad, scary but sexy as sin Viking-Pirate fae who hates humans. Really that sums him up but as the book progresses and his relationship with Zoey turns less hostile, you have to remember Zoey hates fae and Ryker hates humans, you find that he’s so much more and, to use a term that I’m sure Ryker would hate, it kind of humanizes him. The growing relationship between Zoey and Ryker was very well done and wasn’t rushed. It really did feel natural, or as natural as it could be given the circumstances they found themselves in. Then there is Sprig, the narcoleptic-honey loving-hyperactive-ADHD-monkey sprite who added the much needed comedic breaks to the story with his antics. All I can say is I want my own Sprig. I LOVE him!
Overall this is a great start to a new series and I can’t wait to see what happens with Zoey, Ryker and Sprig.
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