Thursday, 7 July 2016

Review: City of Shadows (London Fae #2) by Pippa DaCosta

*I recieved an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not in any way affect my opinion, and all thoughts expressed in this review are unbiased and my own.*
Title: City of Shadows
Author: Pippa DaCosta
My rating: 4 hearts
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pub. date: July 7th 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
SynnopsisAlina knows she is not real – the fae queen spun an evil web to create her – but she wants more than to spend her days feeding off humans’ energy to survive. She isn’t content to lose herself in the dangerously attractive Reign. She wants a life of her own making.

Desperate to help the man who saved her life, Alina vows to find his missing sister. Alina is convinced that the general of the Fae Authority plays a part in her disappearance. She infiltrates the organisation and gets close to their strongest fighter. But while Samuel’s tormented soul and masterful touch stirs in Alina a feeling of being human again, her loyalty to Reign makes her Samuel’s enemy. Who should she trust?

This New Adult urban fantasy is packed with action and suspense and will have you yearning for more forbidden fae romance. (synopsis from Goodreads)
My thoughts: This was an overall good read. It had a few flaws, but I enjoyed reading it. I hope there will be a third book in this series, because that ending didn’t really feel like a good ending for a series.
I like Alina
She’s really badass, but she could’ve been more independent. In my opinion, she’s too dependent on Reign. I totally understand why, and I probably would’ve been too, had I been in her shoes, so I’m going to be realistic about it. But she can take care of herself, and she can kick some serious ass, which I love in a heroine. She really wants to do something good before her time runs out, as she thinks she will just cease to exist because she is just the Queen’s Construct. Then after some really big revelations, she becomes scared of herself and what she can do, more so than she was before.
   All of this is totally understandable, but what I like the most is that she grows throughout the book, comes to terms with what she is and, more importantly, figures out who she is.
   I’m actually not sure what I think about Reign and Alina. I like Reign, I really do, but I feel like they just won’t work together. There are so many problems with them being together, that I feel like maybe they just shouldn’t be together. It seems more complicated and difficult than it is worth.
   Then we have Sam. I honestly have no idea what to say about him that won’t be spoilery. I shipped him and Alina at first, but then I didn’t. Let’s just say that my feelings about Sam changed throughout the book.
   The ending was pretty predictable. I’d figured out who the villain was halfway through the book. But, it was an okay ending. It left a lot to be solved in the next book (because there will be a third book, right?!), which was good.
I enjoyed reading it
   To sum it up, I enjoyed reading this book. There could’ve been more focus on the plot, and the ending was a little predictable, but it was a good read, and I would definitely recommend it to fans of Fantasy. Also, there are the Fae, and you all know how much I love reading about faeries.

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