Top critical review
on 28 July 2013
I'm still enjoying this series, the books are well written and the story-lines fast paced. But... I wish the author would develop Rachel's character a little more. After 10 books she is still the immature, selfish, headstrong witch she was in the very first book. She charges in to situations without regard for her own safety and, more importantly, the safety of those who have to pull her out of whatever hole she's found herself in.
As a result, the stories are starting to get a little formulaic - Rachel dashes in to a burning building to rescue a familiar from a tree, despite being told it's a trap and gets caught by whoever is the baddie for this book and gets rescued by Ivy/Glenn/Jenks. Oh yes, don't forget the obligatory trip to A&E after getting beaten up again. So much for being a "kick-ass heroine", the only ass that gets kicked is her's - every time!!
I don't know whether the author has stunted the character's development deliberately or she has (as another reviewer suggests) run out of ideas, but it is starting to get a little predictable.