Still by Camilla Monk
I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to review it. I decided to review it because it’s pretty kicka$$
Overall Rating: 4 (XOXO)
Quick & Dirty summary: Emma is used to people giving up on her, but the one person she hasn’t been able to give up completely doesn’t know she’s about to show up on his doorstep. After arriving in Rome to see her estranged father, Emma winds up bumping into her stepsister unexpectedly. The perfect stepsister her mother loved more than Emma. So, it’s a surprise to Emma herself when she puts herself in jeopardy to keep Lily safe from her creepy boss. Another surprise? The hunky blind bum who keeps showing up at the most awkward times.
I really liked this book. Camilla Monk is a fantastic writer. I’m sucked into her books immediately, which is an important skill when writing a fantasy novel. While Emma is a bit rough around the edges, she is an entirely sympathetic character. I rooted for her the entire time.
This book reminds me a bit of Percy Jackson, but with a kickass female heroine in place of Percy. I really like Faust, and I loved the banter between Emma and Faust. There is no “real” romance. There is attraction, flirtation, and a kind of weird psychotic love between Lily and her boyfriend. But this isn’t the traditional romance where the relationship between hero and heroine drive the plot. Instead, it’s much more about Emma’s scars, her personality quirks, and her innate goodness, despite being a little rude.
I cannot wait for the next book in this series. If you’re worried about this, don’t be because this book does not have a cliffhanger ending the way Spotless does. This novel wraps up pretty cleanly, with the exception that it hints pretty heavily about what the next adventure will be. But the ending is entirely satisfying.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)
So, this is a bit steep since I have no idea how many books Monk plans on writing in this series. If it’s 3, that’s $12 total for the series, which isn’t too bad. The book is a standalone, so you can read this one without HAVING to buy the other books, so…. Yes, it’s worth buying! BONUS: it’s in the Kindle Unlimited Program, so read it for free.
Something else you might enjoy:
Try Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series. It’s a series that takes on all of the traditional myths and puts them together in a fascinating world where evil isn’t necessary a demon. Note: this is a full-fledged adult romance series. There are sexually explicit scenes.