by Martina McAtee
Genre:YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Release date: July 15th 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
17-year-old November Lonergan spent her whole life feeling like an outsider. She was right. She’s a reaper like her mother; like her two cousins, Kai and Tristin. The supernatural world believes they are part of a prophecy to save them from an evil known as the Grove. Ember just wants to survive high school and fix the fallout from bringing back her friend.
Old enemies are lurking; waiting for their opportunity to strike but the pack has a new problem. A group of legendary hunters has resurfaced, threatening the reapers and anybody who stands with them. They are making good on their threats too; attacking those closest to the pack.
Their only hope of defeating the Legionaries involves trusting a stranger to perform a dangerous spell to advance Ember and her cousin’s powers. But Ember has a secret; a secret she can’t tell the pack. One that leaves the pack vulnerable.
An attack on pack allies, leaves one member of the group injured and another missing, along with a mysterious girl named Evangeline who may play a bigger part in this than any of them realize. As the Legionaries are closing in, the pack must trust their enemies, enter hostile territories, and play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a psychopath. Their entire plan lynches on a dangerous bargain, but rescuing one member of the pack could mean losing another in their place…possibly forever.
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Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughters, her best friend, two attack Chihuahua’s and two shady looking cats. By day she is a registered nurse but by night she writes young adult books about reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. She wrote her first story when she was five with an orange crayon on a legal pad she stole from her mom’s office. She’s been writing ever since. Her influences include Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Joss Whedon, L.J. Smith and even J.K. Rowling. Living in South Florida provides her with plenty of material for the weird worlds she writes about. When she isn’t working, teaching or writing she’s reading or watching shows involving reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures.
Starting immediately after the end of book one, Dark Dreams plunges us straight into the troubled lives of November, Kai and Tristan and the result is awesome. With a Grove sponsored, supernatural army on the rampage and Mace trapped without a body, the action heats up. All three cousins need to find how to use their innate gifts as the body count begins to rise in the human world and Mace comes face to face with the demons of his past.
I cannot express how much I loved this book. It's gritty, poignant, sexy, funny and dramatic. The characters continue to grow with each passing page, and despite some YA angsting from Ember, actually evolve. Mace's backstory had me on the edge of my seat and Silas... well... you're going to have to read about Silas for yourself.
I am eagerly... desperately awaiting book 3. I have bought a physical copy for a friend and recommended it to others. I cannot stress how much I love this book.
In case that blissfully fangirlish rant didn't sink in... Five absolutely brilliant stars.