Ice Girl by Andy Mulberry My rating: 3 of 5 stars<br
Note: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
This is the second part of Andy Mulberry’s “Of Witches and Wolves” series, and it’s a decent follow-up to the first volume, if a bit more flawed – something that isn’t all that uncommon with the second part of a series. The first part introduces us to the characters and familiarizes us with the world the story takes place in, while also setting up the pieces of the plot and putting them in motion. With all of that to accomplish, first #books tend to be pretty strong stories with just enough dangling threads to lure you back in for more. By contrast, second books serve more as bridges – picking up those threads and moving the plot pieces to their next place on the board before laying out some new threads to be picked up in the next book, fleshing out and evolving the main characters a bit, and maybe shining a bit more light on some secondary characters. Because they have less to accomplish, second books can end up feeling a bit weak by comparison. Unfortunately, “Ice Girl” suffers a bit from that.
In my review of “Fire Girl” I’d noted the romance seemed a bit lacking because one-half of the couple was under a spell that compelled those feelings, and I’d expected the romance to be more vibrant in this volume. Sadly, it wasn’t. We didn’t really see our main couple together that much, and both were feeling quite insecure about their relationship because they were making assumptions rather than talking to each other. We got to revisit some of the side characters from the first book, but in some ways, their appearances felt a bit like cameos. A few new characters were introduced and seem promising, though a couple didn’t have a whole lot to do besides establishing that they are a part of the story.
As for the story itself, it started pretty slow, but once it got going, it was one heck of a ride. Things went from bad to worse very quickly, and it was in figuring out how to resolve the situation that we really got to see how strong of a bond our main characters have, which was really nice.
So, even though it may be a weaker book overall – largely due to “second-part-itis,” there was certainly enough to hold my interest and I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here.