Thursday, June 2, 2016

Review: Whisper of Shadows by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Whispers of Shadows
Release Date: April 15, 2016
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
ISBN: 1611947022
ISBN13: 9781611947021
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: NetGalley
War is coming . . .

When the FBI uses an anti-magic law to arrest and torture Riley's boyfriend, they have no idea what hell they are about to unleash. If Riley can't rescue Clay before he breaks, the result will be a disaster of epic proportions.

With time running out, Riley and her family must rely on two people more likely to stab them in the back than actually help. And, even if Riley manages the rescue, she's still got to deal with two kidnappings and the return of her dad from the dead--the same dad who'd been willing to see her dead to protect his secrets.

What's a girl to do? Kick ass, take names, and protect those she cares about at all costs.

I don't know how, but I completely forgot about the ending of EDGE OF DREAMS. It all quickly came back to me as I started reading the first chapter of WHISPER OF SHADOWS and I enjoyed every minute of it.  I absolutely love how close Riley is with her step mother and her siblings. They have each others backs at every turn and are willing to follow each other no matter where it might take them. WHISPER OF SHADOWS brings some pretty heartbreaking moments that will be felt in every situation from here on out. I know the characters strong bonds will help them get through future trials, but I can already tell how hard it will be for all of them.

One person that really surprised me in WHISPER OF SHADOWS was Riley's sister. She really stuck up for herself and put her siblings in their place. She was sick of being treated like she was made of glass and she showed them how helpful and capable she can be when they let her. I loved it. Riley and Clay continue to grow closer. I honestly wasn't sure where their relationship would go in book one, but now I can't imagine them without each other and they can't either. Clay's brother has definitely grown on me. He is a great ally for Riley and her crew and he is really starting to show a different side of himself.

There was a ton of action in WHISPER OF SHADOWS. I think it is my favorite book of the series so far. I can't imagine Riley and her gang not being in danger, but I look forward to seeing them get out of their next jam.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.