After being blown away by the magic of the first book, I had quite high expectations for Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews. Not to mention William had my attention way before his own story had begun. Cerise didn’t disappoint either, seeing as the turned out to be a kick-ass, hilarious, witty, pretty, caring etc character. Also known as: my favourite kind of heroine. The plot, of course, is off the charts. Which is nothings new when it comes to Andrews. Lots of magic, lots of gore, lots of action. Then there are awesome villains, stupid minions and unforgettable side characters. And of course, plot twists. Lots and lots of plot twists.
What’s the problem then? Well, my one and only problem is that the second book is too much like the first one, yet fails to be as awesome. Let’s see… We have a poor powerful girl taking care of the family. Said girl also has a sibling in a serious need of help. She also has one mega awesome grandmother. The girl’s heart was once broken by a bastard of a male variety. Then she encounters an alpha male. Who sorta kinda tricks her. She falls in love. She’s afraid. She gives herself to the man anyway. They fight the bad guys. They have their happily ever after. Yay!
Now, I’m not saying this plot line is bad. It’s just way too similar. Sure, the whole Hand and Mirror angle is completely new, and Declan and William are like polar opposites, but overall, the feeling is the same. Especially because Rose and Cerise are very, very similar. I love them both, and I love the men, but I wish there was more originality seeing as originality was the first aspect of Ilona Andrews’ works that I came to appreciate.
Still, Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews is an engaging read, filled with equal parts humour, romance, fluff and sadness. And characters. Don’t forget the characters. ‘Cause they’re damn awesome (Yes, Kaldar, I am looking at you right now.) and there’s nothing quite like the Mar family. So, despite my personal disappointment, Bayou Moon is definitely worth reading.
Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
The Edge #2
Published by Ace on September 1st 2010
Romance, Urban Fantasy
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The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Walmart and magic is a fairytale–and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…
Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.
But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.
When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.
What is your take on repetitiveness in the same series? Or in different works by the same author?