Plot or Premise
Within the school, Zoey has ascended to lead the Dark Daughters in place of Aphrodite, but outside the school, humans are going missing and then turning up dead.
What I Liked
In the first book, the newness of the premise was enough to overcome fairly cliché writing. None of the characters had much depth to them, they were either good or bad, and the teen angst was overwhelming at times with little nuance. In this one, Zoey’s struggling with balancing her new responsibilities, some weird stuff she keeps seeing, romantic entanglements with multiple males (three at last count) and a changing power dynamic between her, Aphrodite and Neferet. As Nyx has told her, not all darkness is bad and not all lightness is good, and the changes for Aphrodite and Neferet are great.
What I Didn’t Like
The stuff with Loren, a poet and professor, seems completely out of left field, and while future books explain it, it really seems odd here. The giant plot twist isn’t hard to see coming, but what it means and the level of complication keeps it fresh. However, the ending relationship with Neferet changes too dramatically.
The Bottom Line
Not all lightness is good