Holy moly! After reading a couple of reviews I was worried that this book might be suffering from 'Middle Book Syndrome' so I began reading it with trepidation. However I was quickly involved in the story and I couldn't put the book down. I actually felt more attachment to this book than the first. The characters had grown, the situation had become more intense and I was sharpening my nails ready to defend April at any given moment.
Gabriel, April's vampire boyfriend, whom she had infected with a deadly virus, is like a ticking time bomb for the first half of the book. I swear I thought he might drop down dead at any minute. Luckily April saves the day with a potion that will cure him, but stops any chances of romance for the time being. Their relationship comes to a sort of stand still and by the end of the book you can't help thinking that all is not quite right with Gabriel.
I love Caro! As April friend and Queen of the Conspiracy Theory, she had me in fits with her sarcasm. With each new comment she made whilst facing a rather dangerous situation, I was snorting with laughter. On the other hand, April needs a bit of a talking too, as she seems intent on throwing friends and loved ones in the trash heap. She is setting herself up for a fall, where no one will be able to catch her.
By Chapter 12 the conspiracy theories concerning Queen Victoria had me gripped. If the information mentioned about her in this book is true, then I will definitely want to know more. I had never heard of any of the claims written in this book before.
The ending of the book was explosive. I couldn't believe all the things that came out in the last couple of chapters. I now have my own theories about certain characters within the book which I am willing to share only with people who have read it. I don't want to spoil it for the rest of you.
My favourite thing about this series, is that Mia James has shown that we as Brits, can compete with the US vampire scene. We can have hot vampires too! We can have cool eerie places to hang out in! Mia James has just added to the coolness that seeps from Highgate Cemetary, helping to make it a popular tourist destination. I even think that April might be the UK's equivalent of Buffy! See there, I said it!
Out of the two books written in this series so far. This is definitely my favourite. What will happen in the next book? I can't wait to find out.