Not bad, not bad at all. I would actually rate this book 4 stars if it didnt seriously go against some of my core moral beliefs, yea those pesky morals ruining a good book.
still deciding if i should knock off half or a whole star for that.
Anyhoo..... the rest of the book was pretty good, Nikki has a fantastic sense of humor that had me cracking up with laughter on multiple occasions, shame she has so much freaken baggage though! its insane how much she carts around especially when it comes to the whole family/sister thing.
Chicks thinks the sun practically shines out of her sister ass when any outside viewer/reader can see it doesnt, dont get me wrong the sister is wonderful but she does in fact have flaws.
The rest of the characters for me were....iffy. I highly dislike blake - i cant stand it when a bad guy, particularly one as vile as this - is secretly made out to be a good guy all along, you cant threaten/attempt the vileness of that magnitude and its just disappears from everyone's mind just because you say you where only pretending, or wouldnt actually go through with it. not when you threaten that!. not cool dude, not cool.
The rest of the characters are okay but i wouldnt say anything special. My favorite would probably be Emmit or Jamel - though i kept picturing Jamel as an African American, when he's clearly not, i think its a combination of things, the Rastafarian braids dont help either, lol.
No idea why i would like Emmit when he was barely there and by the end everyone was pretty convinced he set Nikki up to begin with, but i do. I like Jamel because he's honest and up front - and i cant say that about any of the other characters, though i am intrigued by Jack (the trickster/loki descendant) and am hoping to earn more about him. i think Emma will also turn out to be interesting.
The rest of the world.... well thinking back on it, besides setting up the scene we dont hear much about it. nearly all the focus was on the characters and what they where up to, i didnt mind. i'm under the understanding the world is like our current world with secret paranormal beings running around. so i can let my imagination run wild pretty much.
the 'bad' guys where bland and not anywhere near as interesting as the supposedly 'good' guys.
okay one last thing i need to bring up is this book was brutal. Rape was brought out frequently as a bludgeoning weapon and used/threatened at every opportunity. if i wasnt so disgusted i would have laughed at how commonly it was mentioned.
either way if you have a slight sensitivity/trigger to the topic STEER CLEAR! there was also violence/beatings but nothing as server as the rape mentioning's.
otherwise not a bad first book.