4 out of 5 stars.
I would like to thank Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with a free ARC of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an open and honest review.
Let me start by saying that the ARC of this book I received was very rough and, in places, a little cringe worthy. And so let me assure you any seemingly negative comments that appear in this review are probably due to that. I will go out on a limb here and say that the final edit and finished version will be of a far better quality – ARCs are rough and ready, not the finished piece I knew that reading it and usually let it slide – but I did get a little put off at times due to the quality of what it was I was reading. So if you think I didn’t like it from anything I say… that’s just my dislike of the ARC showing through, nothing to do with the story. We’re good? Awesome, let’s continue!
So this is the second book in the ‘Devil’s Isle’ series and one I have been hanging out for ever since I finished the first book last year. Loved the first book, did everything I could to look appealing enough to get noticed and get my hands on the ARC of the second ASAP – so, see, my own fault – as this is such an addictive series.
This book didn’t disappoint. Yes it was a little slow in places and yes I could see where it was going to go at the end… but that is just me – I guess endings well. No spoilers being given.
All in all the flow was good, we picked up where we left off, the characters continued to grow and develop and the story progressed in a good, steady manner. I honestly feel I should have reread ‘The Veil’ before reading ‘The Sight’ but I was too impatient to revisit. I just wanted to press on. And, maybe if I had, it would have run more smoothly together. I just felt there was some level of disconnection, something MISSING in this book that absorbed me in the first… I don’t know what it was, but it just wasn’t there. I feel if I did read one after the other it might gel better than it did.
It could just be in the ARC, but there were also a few comments and plays on words that didn’t work for me as they were modern slang and things I just didn’t feel would have appeared in this world of an alternate history. See duct tape… I’m sure you know what I mean.
But was I disappointed in the book? Oh heck no! Worth the wait, worth jumbling through the ARC errors for and yes I have a mighty book hangover as I just WANT MORE! 🙂 So it achieved what I felt it set out to do.
Would I recommend this book to others?
Yes I would, but not as a standalone. I really feel people should read ‘The Veil’ first as it does a lot of the setting up of this world parallel to ours. There isn’t as much ‘world building’ in ‘The Sight’ as you’re meant to have read the books in order. So, if you want to read this book, go buy and read ‘The Veil’ first! 😉
Would I buy this book for myself?
Yes I would. If you haven’t noticed, I have been trying to keep any negative undertone out of my review as it really is based on me being persnickety at the errors in the ARC. I really, really loved this book, felt it so worth the wait and will be doing my best to grab the next book in the series as soon as I possibly can. So, PLEASE, ignore any negativity felt – this is an awesome book.
In summary: A great sequel – not standalone – book to the ‘Devil’s Isle’ series and one that was well worth the wait. Good writing, great parallel world built and highly addictive series for the lovers of the paranormal/supernatural urban fantasy.
Until next time,