Author: Helen Harper
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: January 29, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Where I received the book: I received this free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Star rating: ★★★★☆
I wasn’t overly interested in wanting to read this book, because it’s not my usual read. When I started reading it, I was highly confused. Was is high fantasy? Urban fantasy? Or a futuristic type fantasy? I honestly had no idea when it was set. Because of this, it took me a while to get into it. Just so we’re clear, it’s a present day book. (How did I not get that straight away?)
I loved Integrity. I found the overuse of hot pink really annoying, especially because I couldn’t relate to it. I do like what it represented, however. For some reason, women are perceived as “girly girls” or “tomboys”. This book wasn’t like that. Although the pink everything was annoying, I like how she has a sense of fashion, and high heels, while being a badass bitch. She was a talented thief while enjoying her feminine side.
Byron was a pretty well rounded character too. I love-hated him. He’s perceived as some pompous prince thing, and sometimes he can be. But other times he’s pretty cool.
I loved Integrity’s team of thieves: Lexie, Speck, Brochan, and Taylor. They aren’t really featured much in the story (although, I did think they’d be thrown to the side and completely forgotten – which they weren’t). I wish we’d learned more about them. One thing I like, is Integrity being an orphan but having adopted Taylor as her dad. As someone with an adoptive parent, it’s really cool to see that just because Taylor isn’t her blood parent she still goes by his name and calls him dad.
I also love how it’s not set in America!!!!! I’m so sick of American set books. I’ve never travelled to the USA and I feel like I don’t need to because of books and tv shows. It’s set in Scotland, and I love the language (it’s non American and has some pretty cool slang).
There’s only one thing I didn’t like about this book (other than the “which time period is this?”), and that’s the post traumatic sex thing. No spoilers, I won’t say who, but you don’t go from hating some, to trying to fend off a monster thing, to having 10 minute sex. It felt very wrong and off.
Overall this was a fantastic book that I recommend to any urban fantasy fan. I loved this book and can’t wait until the next one!