Goodreads: Mae Crawford's always thought of herself as in control, but in the last few weeks her life has changed. Her younger brother, Jamie, suddenly has magical powers, and she's even more unsettled when she realizes that Gerald, the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, is trying to persuade Jamie to join the magicians. Even worse? Jamie hasn't told Mae a thing about any of it. Mae turns to brothers Nick and Alan to help her rescue Jamie, but they are in danger from Gerald themselves because he wants to steal Nick's powers. Will Mae be able to find a way to save everyone she cares about from the power-hungry magician's carefully laid trap?
It's weird because in some ways I loved this more than The Demon's Lexicon, and in other ways I definitely didn't. I felt like the tone was much more like SRB's Unspoken actually - lots of humour in this one (maybe because we were following Mae's narration this time?) We get lots of Jamie who I love and he was as quippy as usual!
I really am not a huge fan of romance tangles in my book, and I think I'm going through a definite anti-romance thing, because I really wasn't into the romance in this book even slightly. Not even a small part of me was interested in ANY of the love...combinations? I won't go into details because of spoilers, but there's basically this huge love tangle and it's confusing and dumb and I was bored. Unfortunately, it was a rather large portion of the book as well. I would like to give the disclaimer that if I wasn't feeling so anti-romance in books right now, I might take that statement back - the romance wasn't bad, I just wasn't interested.
Luckily there's plenty of action complete with Nick's badassery and Jamie's hilarity, so overall the book is balanced.
Sorry this is so short, I've been feeling rather uninspired about reviewing :-/ (so unfortunately I think short reviews are in both of our futures, assuming you read the ones I write). Hopefully I snap out of it soon!