Thursday, August 22, 2013

Riding in on a Burning Tire by Shannon Donnelly [Review]

Riding in on a Burning Tire (Demons and Warders 2) by Shannon Donnelly
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: June 30, 2013

Demons and Warders
1. Burn Baby Burn
2. Riding in on a Burning Tire - Paperback | Kindle
3. Angels Don't Burn

Shannon Donnelly
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
A demon hunter about to lose her license…

Mackenzie Solomon is on the edge of going “dark” and losing her warder license if she gets any more evil on her. However, she’s also the only one who can stop an early Armageddon. And nothing has stopped the bad ideas… or the itch for action. That’s starting to cause a rift with her former charming partner, Josh. He’s been tainted by demon blood, so is he now one of the bad things she now needs to avoid? Because Josh may be responsible for the Endowment’s Magi going “Houdini” on everyone.

A charmer who can’t remember if he’s good or not…

With Josh going rogue to find out what he’s been charmed not to remember, Mackenzie is given a choice by the Endowment—bring him in and maybe the Magi will help them both. She’s not sure she trusts the offer—and she’s not sure she can trust Josh. But it's not demons or the undead that are her main worry. "Rapturists," led by the charismatic and supernaturally seductive Isra Gilz, are out to take down the Endowment and kick-off the end of days. With tainted tats Isra has turned Mackenzie's younger brother into his inside man on this plan—and Mackenzie may have to take them both out to stop Armageddon.

Redemption comes with a price…

Caught in her usual spot between good and evil, and needing to help her family or do her job, Mackenzie has tough choices to make. She just wants ones that don’t end with everyone dead—or herself forever damned. But saving the world is going to cost. She just has to make sure the price isn’t the life of the man who keeps her from the destructive darkness that's always calling her name.
My Thoughts: This is a seriously complex world that Mackenzie and Josh are stuck in the middle of. As if the demons aren't enough trouble, you never know who to trust or who might be working an angle to screw the world to bring on the apocalypse. The Endowment, the self-styled "good guys", are never quite what they seem and the ones who are considered bad by the endowment end up helping Mackenzie and Josh more often than anyone else.

It's mind-bending in an exhilarating sort of way.

This time around we get to see the very strained relationship Mackenzie has with her family. Besides the lies she has to tell regarding her job, Mackenzie still carries around a load of guilt for the deaths she thinks she's caused and she doesn't want to drop her brand of bad in the middle of people who know nothing about all the demons and what have you that are out and about.

On top of familial relationship woes, Mackenzie and Josh are also not in the best place. Quite frankly, the position that the two of them are put in by the Endowment sucks. The two of them have a rocky road ahead of them. I mean, bad things seem to fall into their laps with alarming regularity. Which makes for good reading, but is tough when you're trying to do the boyfriend/girlfriend thing.

Bad things, old things, charms and mayhem -- that's pretty much a typical day for Mackenzie and crew, isn't it? Very fun and faced paced enough to keep you on your toes!

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