Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.
While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….
Charley’s back and bigger than ever, literally. She’s about ready to give birth to a baby who could very well change the world as everyone knows it. But first, she and Reyes have been holed up in an old convent for months, trying to escape the ever present hellhounds who are surrounding the grounds just waiting for their chance to get at Charley.
There are, as always, many different storylines all taking place at once. We have Charley’s pregnancy nearing an end. Reyes is becoming very weak and secretive (shocker) and Charley’s determined to figure that mystery out. Charley’s step-mom is around a lot and is part of a big reveal that took me by surprise. We get a wedding, which is fun and really the only light hearted moment in the book. And let’s not forget the big bad, the devil himself, is a major threat here and some things come to head with this guy.
It’s always a fun time with Charley. She has a new case to solve which she somehow does amidst all the craziness that’s going on around her. She learns a little bit more about her abilities and what she’s capable of (pretty much any and everything). While the faceoff with Reyes’ father is a major deal here, the really big story is the baby. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that we actually get a birth, yay! Charley is nearly through her pregnancy when the book starts and frankly, had the baby not been born I’d have been peeved. But we get the birth and we get much more understanding about this little baby, all the bad guys, one specifically, who want to get their hands on her and one incredibly tough decision that changes Charley’s life forever.
To be honest, the ending…I really don’t know what to think about it. I suppose you could call the ending a game changer. Charley makes a decision that rocks her world and I don’t know if I like it. Of course Darynda Jones didn’t call me up to ask my opinion, so there is that, but still weeks after finishing the book, there’s something that just doesn’t sit right with me with this ending. I have faith that Jones will make this all work out, but in a way I feel like we might get shortchanged with some things that could have happened in the future. Vague, much? I know, sorry, but it’s just too pivotal and big to spoil. I’ll just leave it as, the book ends with everything flipped upside down and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m both disappointed in one sense, but interested to see where Jones is going with this. So in that respect, well done Darynda, I’ll be coming back for #9.
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: St. Martins Press
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*ARC provided by publisher for review*