Friday, April 13, 2018

Review: Circle of Ashes (Wish Quartet #2) by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh

Circle of Ashes by Elise Kova & Lynn LarshCircle of Ashes
(Wish Quartet #2)
by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh
April 9, 2018
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Goodreads Summary:

Once a hacker-for-hire living in the shadows, Josephina “Jo” Espinosa is the newest member of a magical Society. Their mandate? To grant the wishes of mortals. A simple enough task until Jo is faced with an impossible wish – and her inability to grant it might spell disaster for her entire team, if not the Society itself.

Jo is used to high-pressure situations, but after a string of disasters, the last thing she needs is stakes of this magnitude. Especially given that neither she nor the Society know quite what the consequences of failing to grant a wish might be.

The only person with answers is the Society’s aloof and cryptic leader, Snow. Yet while Jo is enigmatically drawn to the man, all their clandestine encounters leave her with only more questions about the true nature of the Society, her magic, and her own history.

Time is running out for the Society, and an executioner will rise from among them to exact the price of failure.



I have a bit of a love and hate relationship with the Wish Quartet books so far. Book one, Society of Wishes, didn't wow me but ended on an intriguing enough note for me to want to keep going. Now Circle of Ashes was agonizingly slow but yes for some answers!

Jo continues to test my patience with her rash behaviour. I'm a little tired of all her inner monologues. What I do like about her though, is her perceptiveness. She was able to crack the ice and warm her way to most of the other Society members. They really became a team, maybe even a family, in Circle of Ashes. "Home, what's really important about it, isn't land or walls but the people who occupy them- it's the people who matter..." (eARC, Loc 495). I love the platonic relationships she's managed to build with patience and understanding.

With the way feelings went in the first book I was praying really hard for no love triangle. And I was heard! No unnecessary romantic entanglements. In fact, all involved parties were quite mature and realistic about expectations and what not. Thank you Elise and Lynn for answering my prayer. I also sense another relationship will be revealed. Whether it's old or new I'll be interested to see if my instincts are right. The history and potential is definitely there for this m/m couple.

The romantic development in Circle of Ashes, which was not hard to guess from the ending of the first book, ran extremely hot and cold. One minute they don't care to look at each other and the next they were the steamy highlight of the book. The relationship was a welcomed escape from the pressure of the main storyline but I was looking for more of a mental connection before things got so heated. I believe Jo and said guy have a link so can we please get to that in the next book? I did enjoy the one super blush-inducing sexy scene ;)

I honestly wasn't surprised by the big reveal. The consequences of not granting a wish had always been hinted at as a major unknown so I knew it had to be big. I was pretty spot on. It's too bad we had to find out... I appreciate how the Society came full circle. Every moving part served a purpose. It's truly a fascinating world outside of time.

I'm hovering between wanting the answers to the suspense or stopping myself from wondering once and for all. Having said all of the above I think I'm still curious and invested enough to keep reading the series. I only hope to get some Earth-proportioned answers from the next book, Birth of Chaos. Side note- how cool are these titles?!!

3.5 Cats
*I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own and not affected in any way. All quotes were taken from the Advance Reading Copy I received.

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