THE SECOND BOOK IN AN EXCITING NEW URBAN FANTASY SERIES BY BESTSELLING AUTHOR SARAH FINE.
Life and death are a gamble for a girl fighting to save humanity in a world she’s only beginning to understand.
One minute, Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger was a fairly normal young woman with an almost normal life. Absent father. Peculiar mother. Family secrets. The next, she was hurled into a land where the Immortal Dealers are waging a battle between good and evil—and where the fate of the world is in the cards.
Having only started to master her own deck, the inexperienced Ernie places the wrong bet on the right guy at the worst time. That’s when she’s bounced into another realm and trapped there by a formidable and power-hungry rogue Dealer who knows more about Ernie’s fractured family than Ernie herself does.
Now, Ernie’s fight to free herself is only the beginning. As the secrets of Ernie’s father and his own relics of power start to surface, Ernie will need to tell friend from foe—a feat not as easy as it seems.
At least now she has a full deck…because to survive secrets, betrayals, and dangerous dimensions, she’ll need to deal the best hand.
I have a confession to make… I’m not a Fifty Shades of Grey fan. I read all 3 books, but the story didn’t really catch me, and I’m also not convinced about the movies. So, diving into the Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day was pretty unusual for me, but as the series sold more than 17 million copies, I figured it couldn’t be that bad, and I wasn’t disappointed. This book is by far better than the Fifty Shades trilogy. The story is deeper, the writing better, and the characters well developed. Eva is not the usual I’m-so-innocent-I’m-a-virgin-I’m-a-no-one woman. She has money, and she has class. I read the first half of the book through an entire afternoon (which is really something for me). However – and this is the point where I have to admit I can only give 4 stars – the second half was a little too slow for me. A lot of the “twists” that happened were not really relevant for the story, in my opinion. The whole I’m-running-away all the time was a little annoying. I also didn’t understand Cary’s position. Yeah, he’s her best friend, but I didn’t find him much interesting except for the fact that he’s bi. Also, I figured Mark was a very unusual boss. From the beginning, it was more a friendship between the two rather than an employer-employee-relationship, and his boyfriend Steven was absolutely unnecessary for the story. I also expected a little more to happen with her having Krav Maga training (maybe a fight or something?) considering there was a huge conflict between her, her mother, and her stepfather. Maybe there will be more going on in the sequels, but I’m not sure I want to dive into them.
All in all, the story was entertaining and very well written. As an author, I used the opportunity to learn about Sylvia’s writing. It deserves being a bestseller, but there were a few things that just didn’t harmonize in my opinion, therefore 4 stars.