SPOILER ALERT!!!! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ The Summoning--Darkest Powers, Book 1, AND WANT TO, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW YET!!!
This is Book Two in the Darkest Powers trilogy, and I think I liked this one even more than The Summoning. There was that GIANT twist at the end of Book One that made me want to pick this one up immediately. I was trying to figure out how it could possibly get better (well, technically worse)... and then it did!
In Book One, I wasn't a huge fan of Derek-- I was more "Team Simon". That completely changed for me in this book. Not that I don't still like Simon, I just understand Derek better. You learn A LOT more about his background and his life in this book and he gained my sympathy vote, for sure. Not only symapthy though, I just grew to genuinely like his character. He is stubborn and pig-headed and has dictator-like tendencies at times.... but only to protect the people he cares about. I can't wait to see how the "final chapter" of this story unfolds for him....
This book was infuriating and heart-wrenching and amusing and sometimes, again, creepy... There was one scene in Book One that particularly stands out to me as horrifying-- my stomach still churns when I think about it. And this book didn't disappoint in that area. There was most definitely a scene like that in this book. Luckily, there's only one that's REALLY awful and the rest are bearable.
This is definitly not a book to read late at night, when you're home alone-- unless you aren't a wuss (like me). I actually still did read it at night, but I had to watch TV after to get my mind off of it. It's just too difficult to put down!! So, suffer through the gore-- you won't be disappointed!