This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s got everything I could want in a novel – characters I love, the struggle between light and dark, th..Show More »emes of integration and discrimination, a great love story with almost-insurmountable obstacles, and Greek mythology (which I never thought I’d like, but I love in this!), all set against the magical backdrop of New Orleans. Each chapter begins with either a quote or a stanza from a poem, which sets the stage perfectly, and this is backed by haunting music that reflects the tone of the story.
Rocker romances are my guilty pleasure, but this book is really a paranormal story. The country/rock star aspect is secondary and a minor detail to get Billy to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I discovered Michelle Mankin’s Raging Tempest series a few months ago and fell in love with it. I didn’t think she could top it. But this, this is genius.
Some people may need a trigger warning for one scene. It’s actually glossed over and not graphic at all but happens at the end of the first part and gets talked about in the second part, again without details. There is graphic violence in the first part. If you’re squeamish or easily grossed out, you might want to skip ahead, but the story is definitely worth listening to.
Of course, Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross do a fantastic job with the reading. They both put the perfect amount of pain, joy, or resignation into their voices, depending on the scene. I love the way both their voices sound when they read the quote at the beginning of each chapter. It's perfect.