My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “last-chance” home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do anything to keep her safe. After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain: Daniel, her co-worker. The man she loves.
But there is something unique about Zoey. She can see fae. Because of this, the DMG hires her to work as a Collector: catching, researching, testing, and using the fae to save human lives. The work never registers on her sympathy radar. She was raised to think of fae as beasts that feed on humans and want to destroy them.
When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey's whole world is turned upside down. The electric storm connects her to a ruthless fae, a Wanderer named Ryker, whose dealings expose them to even more trouble and danger. They embark on a journey, running and hiding from both the government and fae, both of which threaten their lives and those they love.
I am telling you Stacey is an author to read and watch. I read this book before and when offered the time to do it again, I jumped at it. I loved it as much the second time as I did the first time. The world that Stacey creates as she writes, it leaves little to the imagination, in a good way. It's like you can close your eyes and envision it and it seems so real. She has this way of writing scenes where she constructs the most distinct images and it can feel so real because she just sucks you right in.
I think I loved the book even more the second time around. The chemistry and tension between Ryker and Zoey. I wanted to hate him, for her. I wanted to hate him for Daniel, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. There is some sort of redeeming quality about him, I don't know what it is yet, but I am totally digging this character.
I think what I really really love is the way Stacey writes such strong female characters. I don't only mean strong in the sense of the physical word, but emotionally and mentally. Just everything about the way she writes hers books, I adore them. And her.
Five stars again, for sure!
Check out my review from the first time I read the books:
I am so surprised with this book, though I knew I shouldn't be since I loved her last series. My first reaction after getting to the end was Holy Hell that is the grand canyon of cliffhangers. Jesus Stacey, how can you leave us hanging like that?!?! just when we were really starting to warm up to the possibilities. holy sheezus.
ryker and zoe. enemies, right? out should be. heartbroken. lost. wrongfully accused. on the run. hometown in shambles. no where to go. no one to turn to. no one to trust. zoe has nothing. she needs ryker, and he needs her ...alive. the idea of these two getting along s just driven into your brain over and over through this book. Its never gonna happen. slowly you street kind of hoping it does. little by little as he opens up and you get to see the other side to him, maybe even his mute human side, you really start to like him more and more. You really start to wonder if they will act on all this sexual tension. then you get reminded how badly zoe is hurt or why ryker really keeps her around. each time, my heart kinds deflated a little. I really like the idea of something more coming from they're strange relationship. and sprig, who doesn't love that thing???
you know what I absolutely love about this book? it's Staceys ability to create this other world, this world that I knew can't ever really exist, but she makes it feel so real. she makes it seem like I'm watching the story unfold as if I were watching everything happen from a window. she just had this way of sucking you in to these alternate universes that have all this really bad shit going in, the hottest of guy s, and it makes you wanna wish you can have just one for the night.
SMB is on my authors to watch list. if you were smart, you'd add her to yours too. I gave this book 5 highly rated stars
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