May 30, 2013

Review on: Influential Magic by Deanna Chase

Influential Magic by Deanna Chase

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Wow! I was really surprised by how much I liked this book! The cover is a little misleading - at least is was for me. I was expecting a sort of whimsical fairy story, but instead I got a fast paced vampire/double agent/fairy/love triangle/murder mystery. Whew! There was a lot going on in this book! I think Deanna Chase did a very good job weaving all of the plots together, and a fairly good job developing all of the major characters enough that I was able to care about them.

I really liked Willow, and I was totally Team Talisen. Once or twice I considered jumping off the wagon and rooting for Team David, but their relationship just never felt "right" to me. I was never really sure (much like Willow) if David could be trusted. I liked how the tension and psuedo-love triange was played out almost until the end of the book. And I liked how everything was resolved. It seemed very natural, and not forced.

My only complaint about this book was that I wanted Willow to be a stronger character. I wanted her to have more tricks up her sleeve and be better able to defend herself without having to depend so much on Phoebe or David. She was so dang stubborn, independent, and outspoken, but she didn't really have much to back it up with. I mean, she had Link (who by the way was a totally awesome canine sidekick), but he was also pretty much ineffectual against vampires. And I really became frustrated with how many times she thought that she should have listened to Phoebe and taken self-defense classes while she was getting manhandled. I hope in the next book she does take those classes, or at least invests in a good stun gun or something.

Overall, I really liked this book. It was fast paced and exciting, and had several very good twists that I didn't see coming. I will definitely pick up book #2 when it comes out.

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