Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.
That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.
Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten (goodreads).
Review based on ARC! Merci beaucoup Harlequin Teen and Netgalley
Ethan Chase is all grown up! While I was counting down the days until it's release, I felt that it was missing the same magic that The Iron Fey series had ensnared me with.
The book opens the same way the Iron Fey series did, "My name is Ethan." Ethan quickly gives us the nitty gritty about his life and then the reader goes with him to school where he meets a particularly sassy girl and a half-breed fae. The overall premise is a magical mystery! Faes are disappearing, but where are they going? Sadly we don't get the answer to this until the last third of the book. I felt like the book occasionally lost direction with how many pit stops the group made.
Now the characters. Ethan is one brooding guy. While it is understandable why he is so standoffish, it rubbed me the wrong way. He was just so cynical and unwilling to see things from another perspective-the complete opposite of his sister. I found the love interest, Kenzie, way too sassy. It was like she kept saying sassy things hoping that it would make her sassy....but it didn't. Her sass meter rested at a comfortable '0.' I did love seeing old favorites like Meghan, Ash, Grim ("I'm a cat"), Puck and others. It made me extremely nostalgic and I hope we see more of them in future books. My favorite character is definitely Keirran, if the book was just about him I would be more than happy. LOVE HIM.
The book is told from Ethan's point of view so the reader hasto hear every single brooding thought that our young Ethan has, and boy does he brood. He wakes up brooding, eats while brooding, even makes friends while brooding (Ethan broods). While the writing was still as magical as ever, I could have lived without Ethan's high-school-bad-boy-brooding-cynical thoughts.
Julie Kagawa brings the magic back with new characters , but it's just not the same without our original trio.