Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Size: 368 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: November 11th, 2011
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Santa Olivia series
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the 2nd book in the Santa Olivia series and this book ties up the Santa Olivia series by Carey. It was a very well done book and I enjoyed it a lot.
Loup and Pilar have escaped the Outpost and finally get to meet some of Loup’s family on the outside in Mexico. They both get an offer to join an elite bodyguard firm and decide to take the offer. The offer gives them a chance to travel and earn some money. However, when they bodyguard for a band called Kate an opportunity arises for Loup and Pilar to help stop the atrocities in the Outpost and the prejudice against GMO’s once and for all.
There is some excellent world-building here. This is a world that is recovering from being ravaged by a horrible disease. Most of the world is recovering okay, but the United States still has these horrible secret Outposts that they are hiding from the rest of the world.
I continued to love the idea of genetically modified humans that can’t feel fear. This has so many implications as to how Loup interacts with society and how society responds to her.
I really enjoyed watching Loup and Pilar journey outside the Outpost and make their way in the world. They are excellent characters and watching them learn about the outside world and how to make their way through it was fantastic and incredibly engaging.
Pilar in particular grows a lot and really kicks butt in this book. She is such and girly girl, but she also shows herself to be incredibly capable and intelligent. Pilar confronts a number of fears head-on and really goes out of her way to become a better person. I thought she was an admirable, entertaining, and completely engaging character. I love how her relationship with Loup grows in this book and love how they respect each other and support each other.
There are a number of sensual scenes between Pilar and Loup, they never get all that graphic. However, Pilar and Loup’s love for each other is definitely a prominent theme throughout the book. This book doesn’t have as much action as the first book, but I still found it to be a very engaging story.
The story is tied up in a way that is complete, hopeful, and sweet.
Overall this was a great read with wonderful characters and I enjoyed it a lot. I loved the world-building and really enjoyed watching Pilar and Loup make a life for themselves outside the Outpost. The story ties up very nicely and ends on a very hopeful note. I wish this duology had gotten more coverage because it is a good one. I would recommend to fans of urban fantasy.