It’s been a while since I read some urban fantasy-esque romance books, but wow, this brings back all the feels for when I did! I loved this thrilling and imaginative book from one of my favorite authors, Elise Kova.
Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.
With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.
Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences.
I was immediately hooked. Jo is just my kind of heroine. She is super sassy, totally stubborn, and not afraid to voice her opinion. And she hits all my sweet spots: incredibly talented, a bit of a loner, and considers her to be a ‘shewolf’. So I absolutely loved to see how her character changed throughout the book.
But I also really enjoyed the side characters of the other ‘wish granters’. Each one has their own backstory and personality. I can’t wait to read about them all! (Which makes me sound a bit like a Pokemon collector, but for these scrumptious characters, I’ll take it).
There was so much action, but what I loved most is that there’s this subtle eerieness towards the end. All of a sudden there’s this feeling that much more is going on than meets the eyes. The ending plus the snippet of book two merely confirms this feeling you have. I am all about the ‘eerie’. Kova and Larsh have some tricks up their sleeves.
(Along these same lines, I loved the dilemma Kova and Larsh put Jo through by making her confront her humanity and her feelings after the wish. How does she retain her tie to this world? And how have the other wish granters? This is such a great little thought experiment. So it’s no surprise that I loved the premise!)
All in all, you should most definitely read this book if you’re a fan of Kova, like urban fantasy, or love stubborn heroines. You can find the book at Amazon(US) and add it to Goodreads. It comes out January 29th, 2018.
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the author.
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