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December 9, 2014

Loved It: City of Eternal Night by Kristen Painter

Series: Crescent City 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Orbit
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Magic and mystery collide in this second installment of the new urban fantasy series by House of Comarre author Kristen Painter.

Still coming to terms with their unexpected partnership, Augustine and Harlow have a tentative truce. With Harlow slowly working to accept being fae, Augustine still learning how to be Guardian, and feelings growing on both sides though, they do not have an easy road ahead.

But when a young girl is stolen from the Mardi Gras Exemplar Ball -- the biggest far event of the year -- Harlow and Augustine must put all their issues aside to bring her home alive. Harlow's father, Braziano, is of course their number one suspect, but evil lurks in every corner of the city and time is running out. Their only choices: Either find a way to rescue the girl, or Augustine must die.


Let's all take a moment of silence to relish that super purrty cover art... 

Amen. 

CITY OF ETERNAL NIGHT came as a surprise for me, it wasn't so long ago that I read House of the Rising Sun and truthfully I was underwhelmed with Crescent City's first installment so I wasn't as excited over this. I was more curious than anything plus my friends' GR reviews were encouraging so that decided things for me. 

I struggled with the first third of CITY OF ETERNAL NIGHT because I didn't retain most of the details from the first one so I have to reread my review of House of the Rising Sun and look up other reviews to jog my memory. I guess I was more underwhelmed by it than I initially thought huh. 

Going back, I had several issues with the first book and thankfully said issues have been resolved and my questions have been answered. I finally warmed up to Harlow, although I'm still not taken by Augustine, and the series plot and conflict are shaping up really good. Conspiracies, betrayals, family drama, so many twists and turns and I'm sure it'll be one complicated addicting mess come book 3! And the world building, IMHO, is better now. See Crescent City is a spin-off of House of ComarrĂ© and as I haven't read the parent series I lack the inherent understanding of the world according to KPainter, that long standing fans already have.

CITY OF ETERNAL NIGHT is packed with the good stuff and so far the plot of the series revolved around Harlow Goodwin and her family and it's just getting better. I saw the twist from a mile away but I still wasn't prepared for it. I was bracing myself for the impact and when it finally happened I still wasn't ready for it!

Not mine

Now I'm eagerly anticipating Garden of Dreams and Desires because I have to know how the heck Harlow is going to get herself out of this mess and it also looks like the witches are going to strike soon. I look forward to reading MAYHEM and fingers crossed I get my wish!


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32 comments:

  1. I am glad you were finally able to slip in. It is hard when it is a spin-off series and fantasy with world building and multiple characters. I do like the sound of the twists, drama and family. So glad it ended up working for you :)

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    1. Me too, I sure don't want a repeat of ghost seer series

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  2. I'm glad this one turned the series around for you, Braine. I read Carmel's review and she felt pretty much the same way. Btw, I *do* love that cover! So maybe I'll get to this series but I think I'll read the parent series first...seems like that might make a difference.

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    1. I'm planning on reading it soon as well, I'll let you know if it will help in a big way

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  3. I so want to read this series, it just sounds wonderful!!

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  4. I was waiting for to see if this series got better, it does sound like it did. I'm a fan of the author, but I didn't jump into this series right away because I didn't really hear peeps going nuts about it. But I think I will add it now, second books sounds much better.
    Thanks Braine!

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    1. It does but I have a feeling HoC is still better than this at this point.

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  5. Oh gah. She just has the best covers. I really do need to give her a go. So many of yall ladies I follow just rave!

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    1. Whoever does her artwork is a genius!

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  6. I have been seeing this series and I have long wanted to try this author. Your review of this book encourages, but I am not thrilled that book one was lackluster... what to do what to do.

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    1. Sometimes you just got to bite the bullet and take the hit

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  7. I'm not familiar with this series at all, Braine, but it sounds like it's right up my alley! I haven't read any new-to-me UF stories in a while, so I'll add this to my TBR.
    Great review! And I totally agree about the cover :) Gorgeous!
    Have a great week, and happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I feel that way every time I visit hardcore UF blogs so it's great that you empathize with me.

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  8. Hmmm…Not in a rush to read but it sounds intriquing.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/09/funny-holiday-cards-spouse_n_6291420.html

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  9. Ah, good to know, need to read the parent series first. Definitely gorgeous cover!

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    1. Her HoC covers are so pretty too! Well badass is the perfect adjective really

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  10. I almost want to ask you what kind of trouble Harlow got up to. Lol. And I've never heard of this series! :)

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    1. Just remember the first one isn't all that stellar so you must persevere

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  12. Glad to see some of your issues were resolved!! Sounds like a great second book in the series!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  13. I have the first book in this series but haven't had the chance to read it yet. I like the sound of the twists and turns here though, and the impact that it had sounds amazing! Great review Braine!

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    1. Oh gosh read the first book so you can read this one right away! The twist here is GAH!!!

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  14. I haven't tried this series yet but I have the first one of her other one and I know I really need to try it to give this one a go thereafter. It's great to see it's so good! So curious! Great review!

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  15. Oh wow, loved the covers and loved your review!!! Good to know that the second book makes up for the first one's unresolved issues.

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

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    1. Yup, I hate to quit the series after the first book

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