Publisher: Harper Voyager on January 22, 2013
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
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The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It's up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing... for the worse.
While saving the world is important, it isn't Rachel's only motivation. There's also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, setting off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It's also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after—a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He's already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn't give herself up soon, they'll die.
But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own, and she isn't going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She's also got a surprise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—she's going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones... and prevent an apocalypse before it's too late. Or, at least that's the plan...
At A Glance
I am doing it. Finally, I am biting the bullet and finishing this series. I have put it off long enough. I didn’t want it to end. I love all the characters so much. I still have two more books until the actual end, thank God, but reading Ever After is so bittersweet. One step closure to saying goodbye. I don’t wanna!!!
The progression of this series blows me away. The characters have changed, magic has changed, the world has changed. Some changes are for the better, some are not. Some changes rip your heart out, put it in a blender, drain all the vital juices, dry it out, grind it into powder, and let demos snort it all up. Ever After had all those changes.
Rachel is still very flawed but she has grown so much. Her signature self-pity is still front and center, but that’s why I love her. Why can’t you feel sorry for yourself when bad things happens? No one else is going to. As always, Rachel and her friend’s lives are in danger, but shit gets super real in this installment. Spoiler: not everyone makes it. Rachel always does her best to save the world and she does a fine job this time around. Especially with her friends’ help.
Trent is a major player in this one. I hated him in the beginning of the series, and sometimes I still do, but he keeps growing on me. I loved his decision in the end. I could feel his remorse and determination to make it right.
Al was a big player in this one too. I have to admit, his and Rachel’s relationship is my favorite. Who would have ever imagined me rooting for the asshole demon who makes Rachel’s life more complicated and dangerous? Their friendship is so odd but scary adorable. You can tell he is so team Rachel, though he would never admit it.
Jenks is still my fav pixie ever. The best supporting character ever as well. He’s hilarious, brave, and just plain awesome. Ivy was MIA for most of the book and I was okay with that. We had enough characters to fill in.
The ever after is such a scary place to me, hell, it’s where demons live, hello, so I love any book that focuses on it. We got to learn so much more about it, as well as the demons and their origins. Their story pulled at the heart strings.
Ku Sox and Nick can suck it! I hate them so much. Great villains though. Great plot. Lots of action and mystery. I felt satisfied with every aspect of this story.
I just couldn’t think of anything big I didn’t like.
Rachel and Trent are getting there, but they still are holding back, for legit reasons. We get a pretty hot kiss though. The sexual content is low, so a YA reader could enjoy this.
Have you ever heard of that saying, “I hate to see you go but I love to watch you leave?” That’s how I feel about this series. Ever After was a great addiction to the ever expanding story, and I am excited to see how it all ends. Highly recommended.
“What are you doing now?” Al questioned “Seeing if your circumcision is gone? It is.
My expression went blank, and Trent hesitated.
He looked at me, and I put a hand to my mouth, face flaming. “Oh. My. God. Trent. I’m sorry”
“Um” Trent said, clearly at a loss.
“Call me tomorrow,” Al said seriously, “I’ve got a curse that will take care of that. Unless you like the snake in a turtleneck look”
“I am yours,” Trent gasped through clenched teeth, and my hand sprang from him, thinking I was betrayed. Trent fell to a knee, looking up at me, pleading. “I. Am. Yours. Claim me, Rachel! Damn your morals and claim me!”
“I want…” he said, then hesitated, taking a breath of air and lifting his chin. “I want one pure thing in my life,” he said loudly, his voice ringing in the red-tinted air. “I want one thing I can point to and say, ‘That is good, and it’s a part of me.”
“Piss on my daisies, we have to save the demons!”