From goodreads: Cold, fine drops of rain fall softly on my cheeks as I emerge from the darkness of the ship’s interior to the gray, overcast sky of the main deck. Pulling my dark pea coat tighter to my body, the wind lifts red tendrils of my hair. I walk slowly to the railing overlooking the water.
I catch my first sight of the Irish coastline; its craggy landscape makes me shiver in dread. I find it difficult to imagine now how the Gancanagh had made this their home for so long without anyone realizing it. The cold, moss-covered edifices practically scream their presence. As I study the shadows between the falling-down stone, I imagine creeping shapes of undead Faeries grasping the rock, waiting for our ship to draw nearer to their position.
Tipping my face up, I let the rain wash over me. It bathes away the frigid sweat of fear that has broken on my brow. “You don’t know how fiercely beautiful you are, do you?” A quiet voice behind me asks, causing me to stiffen and fix my eyes on the rocks along the shoreline.
I had been waiting for Incendiary for months and when it was finally released I promised myself that I wouldn’t read it right away because I wanted it to last. I wanted to have some semblance of self-control, and yeah…that went out the window real quick! Every time I opened my kindle, there it sat, calling me to read it and finally I gave into the temptation. The arrival of Incendiary made my world right again. *sigh of relief*
I love this book like the way I love eating covered chocolate strawberries and drinking a glass of Port wine!!! Now do you realize how much I love this book?? That’s what I thought!
The first 3 books in the series are amazing and I enjoyed them to the fullest. I gave them all 5 star ratings because that’s how beyond fabulous I think they are!!! My expectations were abnormally high for the 4th book because I’m so invested in all the characters (even the ones I didn’t like) and their journey. Needless to say, I was a little nervous reading this book because what if it wasn’t great? What if the story dragged? Amy Bartol shattered any doubts I had and I’m not sure why I was even worried because this book is probably the best one yet!!!! This series keeps getting better and better that I can hardly stand it. It’s the same usual suspect plus new ones that will leave you thinking, WTF?!?!?
Before I continue on, I will admit that I have developed a soft spot for Russell. Yes, it’s true. I love him with all his twangy-ness and for the bad-ass half-breed angel he has become!
“Do you want to know a secret?” my question comes out louder than a whisper. “I don’t even know what’s gonna happen half the time when I unleash a spell. Sometimes I feel like my mind has been fractured and insanity is bleddin’ into reality. Just talkin’ ‘bout magic makes me feel like I’m caught in some crappy online chat room with shut-ins who call themselves ‘Wick-tastrophy’ and ‘Fro-dope’”.
Hilarious!!! I loved that moment!!! Now that I’ve confessed my true feelings for Russell, I can move on.
The myriad of emotions I experienced was a roller-coaster ride because there are so many twists and turns and there is a ton of jaw-dropping moments. It’s absolutely riveting! Evie, Reed, Russell and Brennus have more depth in this book than ever before and it left me breathless.
Oh and that scene with the red butterflies has been forever etched into my memory because who wouldn’t want to do that same thing?!?!? Amy creates a world where anything is possible and that’s the world I want to live in. In typical Amy fashion, the imagery she paints with words are so breath-taking that I found myself closing my eyes to take it all in. Simply put, her writing is brilliant and beautiful.
“I hear cracking sounds, like someone is walk on ice too thin to sustain weight. A dark figure strides beneath the storm clouds toward me out on the open water. A thin layer of ice forms beneath his feet with each step he takes. Coming closer the wind carries his sweet, sticky cent to me, covering me like it’s marking me as his. A terrible kind of love swells in my heart – painful and raw – enslaving and cruel”.
This time around Brennus broke my heart, frightened me and made me incredibly sad. Maybe like Evie, I never realized who he really was but that didn’t stop her or me from caring about him. What he does is absolutely unforgivable but it was pure desperation that drove him to do the unspeakable. I think it’s safe to say that my beautiful, mercurial Brennus has gone bat-s%#t cray-cray. BUT and there is always a “but”…his actions are forgivable, I think. Okay, so I am talking out of both sides of my mouth but c’mon, cut the guy a break…he’s in love!! Yes, he’s a little twisted but no one is perfect!!!
I look away from his eyes. “Since I’ve met you, Brennus, my life has not been mine,” I say with more honesty than I like to admit to myself. “Time with you is visceral…white-knuckle moments that make me know that I’m alive. I think I have become addicted to the rush of fear and desire you create…the uncertainty that I was once forced to endure has now become a need, like those pills that people keep in their medicine cabinets.”
Brennus is the perfect villain. He’s the King of Gancanagh, you love to hate or hate to love him and there is no in-between when it comes to Brennus. Either you’re Team Brennus or you’re not. It’s that simple.
And where the hell did Xavier come from?? Seriously?? My natural instinct was to throw on my bamboo earrings and reach through book to say to Evie…
Let’s chat about Reed for a moment. If I liked Reed before…I absolutely adore him in this book. Something about him changes very slightly but I can’t point out exactly what. Maybe it’s the fact that he wants to truly fight for her. He wants to own her heart and soul and that sealed the deal for me. Reed and Evie belong together no questions asked.
“When our bodies fit together, like pieces falling into place, I’m nearly undone by it and by her eyes. They narrow and her forehead leans forward to rest against mine. Through her eyes, I can almost see inside her soul. That’s where I long to be: centered near her soul, wedged between it and her heart. Her angelic body and her heart are mine, have always been mine, but Russell was right when he said her soul loves him and now there is a piece of her heart that loves Brennus. I want it all; I understand that now. The battle for her entire heart and soul starts now.”
My final two cents: Amy delivers the best book in the series to date and it’s beyond AUH-MAZING. Its heart breaking, riveting and it will leave you wanting more. Be prepared to have your world rocked because yes, it’s that good!!!
I live in Michigan with my husband and our two sons. My family is very supportive of my writing. When I’m writing, they often bring me the take-out menu so that I can call and order them dinner. They listen patiently when I talk about my characters like they’re real. They rarely roll their eyes when I tell them I’ll only be a second while I finish writing a chapter…and then they take off their coats. They ask me how the story is going when I surface after living for hours in a world of my own making. They have learned to accept my “writing uniform” consisting of a slightly unflattering pink fleece jacket, t-shirt, and black yoga pants. And they smile at my nerdy bookishness whenever I try to explain urban fantasy to them. In short, they get me, so they are perfect and I am blessed.
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