Library Journal Review
Gr 8 Up-Having the ability to start fires with your mind is all fun and games until those powers are used against you. Ava's firestarter capabilities are at the mercy of a mystical mafia called the Coterie-a group that killed her mother and is now set on assassinating one of the only people she cares for. Few have gone against the will of the Coterie and survived. McBride's follow-up to the popular "Hold Me Closer Necromancer" series maintains her trademark dark humor and engaging, quippy characters. The book exists in the same universe, and possesses the same feeling of incredibly high stakes from the beginning. In some ways, this is a deficit. That the stress and danger of the story are present from the first chapter occasionally leads to anxiety fatigue, and McBride leans heavily on early exposition to establish the suspenseful mood. However, readers looking for a fast-paced narrative will undoubtedly be satisfied with the rollicking plot and its riffs on the classic formula of rebels on the lam. Hand this to fans of her previous series and readers who enjoyed Catherine Jinks's The Reformed Vampire Support Group (Houghton Harcourt, 2009).-Erinn Black Salge, Saint Peter's Prep, Jersey City, NJ (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
When your boss is the same woman who put a hit on your mom, it can really strain workplace relationships. Half-human, half-firebug Ava inherited her pyrokinetic abilities from her mother, who did everything she could to hide them from Venus, vampire ruler of Boston's supernatural mafia, the Coterie. Forced into service after her mother's death, Ava is now the Coterie's reluctant resident assassin. But when her next assignment turns out to be eliminating the closest thing she has to a grandfather, Ava refuses, even if defying Venus means signing her own death warrant. The first in what promises to be another popular series, McBride draws upon her talent of spinning entertaining and suspenseful tales that are fresh, fun, and very droll. Much of the dialogue is devoted to the verbal sparring between Ava and her two wingmen gorgeous man-fox Ezra and the smoldering half-dryad Lock keeping the mood light, even as events turn deadly serious. The final resolution is satisfying but entices readers with hints of action and romance in forthcoming volumes.--Hayes, Summer Copyright 2014 Booklist