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Jesse James is a normal eighteen-year-old, even if her parents are the best faerie bounty hunters in New York. Jesse’s only concern is how to pay for college, but that changes the night her parents disappear.
Equipped with her parents’ weapons and her own smarts, Jesse enters the dangerous world of bounty hunting in search of her mother and father. In her quest, she encounters all manner of Fae, but the scariest is Lukas, the mysterious, imposing faerie who offers to help her find her parents.
But there are powerful forces at work, and Jesse is about to become a player in a dangerous game that could decide the fate of everyone she loves. In this world of magic and deception, it’s hard to tell her allies from her enemies in the race to find her parents before their time runs out.
Okay, first things first. This was, by far, my favorite book of 2020 thus far. And that is saying something because I read A LOT of books.
Karen Lynch writes young adult supernatural books, her most famous series being the Relentless trilogy. This new book, which came out recently this May, bumped Karen Lynch from one of my top authors to possibly my favorite author of all time. I am in love with her other series but this book was honestly even better.
I am not kidding when I say I read this book in one sitting early into the a.m. because I just couldn’t put it down. As soon as I finished the book all I wanted to do was read it again! It was 3a.m. and instead of sleeping I was re-reading a book that I’d literally just read five minutes ago. I’m an avid re-reader of my favorite books and some I’ve even read up to fifteen times, but I have never done this before. I was simply that captivated by the story and the characters.
Speaking of the characters, this book was filled with interesting and complex characters who were developed seamlessly throughout the book. The world of Fae and magic met modern day New York in this book and the combination was full of excitement and intrigue. The mixture of familiar and unfamiliar was tackled so well by the author and made the book all the more interesting.
Jesse is a protagonist that anyone can love and respect. She is by no means fearless but her action in spite of her fears is inspiring. Despite being worried out of her mind, inexperienced, and out of her element, she doesn’t give up. She is determined to find her parents and bring them home, even if that means putting her life in danger.
Jesse’s little brother although only playing a minor role was one of my favorite characters in the whole book. Their relationship said so much about who Jesse was as a person and really brought her character to life. I could honestly read this book just for their little interactions with one another.
For some people (including myself), it is all about the romance. The slow burn romance in this book had me falling in love right alongside the characters. Their relationship was so well done. The slower pace made it feel all the more real. I’m a sucker for a protective alpha male type love interest and this book had that in spades. I can’t wait to see their relationship developed further throughout the rest of the series.
While there was plenty of conflict, it was clear to me that this was the first book in a series by how the antagonist was set up. We never truly figure out who is behind everything and while I have my theories, I will just have to wait for the rest of the series to find out. This was not a bad thing by any means. The lack of this knowledge only enhanced the plot and made me all the more interested to read the sequel.
The only serious con that I can think of for this book is the fact that it only just released in May which means that we won’t be seeing a sequel for a long (endless) time. This is doubly frustrating because the book ends on an emotional cliffhanger. While the major plot of the book is resolved there is an event at the end of the book (which I won’t reveal because no spoilers) that leaves the reader in emotional turmoil right alongside the main character.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
Writing this review has made me want to go re-read Pawn all over again…
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