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For Darkness Shows the Stars
Diana Peterfreund
Queen of the Dead - Stacey Kade I really, really enjoyed the first book in this series. I mean, it was funny, with snarky characters and lighthearted and just all around a nice read. And I was so looking forward to reading this one. And then it fell a little short of my expectations.

I loved Alona in the first book and in this one it just seemed like for every step she'd gone forward in the last book, she took a million ones back in this one. She sort of devolved and it didn't work for me. It didn't help that I absolutely loved Will and Alona's scenes together and there were hardly any here. I still like Will though, he's just a good guy, though a bit confused and not always good with women, but that's part of his charm.

I thought the group of ghost-talkers Will meets was a bit creepy and weird. And abusive. I'm thinking we'll find out more about them in the next book, right now they seem like the bad guys. I couldn't really get into the newly introduced characters and I would have preferred if the focus had been more on Alona and Will. I missed their interaction and romance.

Without spoiling anything, I just want to say I'm not sure if I like the way the story is going. I mean, it's interesting and all, but it seems like a lot of innocent people will get hurt this way and well, I'm curious to see how it'll all turn out.

So, I did expect more/different, but that doesn't in any way mean this book wasn't enjoyable. It really was, I still like the main characters and the story has a nice flow to it. I just didn't enjoy it as much as the first book. But still good!

My rating: 3,5 stars