So, as much as I loved the first novel in this series, Serpent’s Kiss was a little bit of a let down. The characters were still their usual witty selves, but the story line was kind of lacking for me.
At the end of Witches of East End, Fryr – Freya and Ingrid’s brother – comes back from Limbo and accuses Killian of being the true person who destroyed the Bifröst, the link between Asgard and Midgard. Freya is sworn to secrecy and is put in charge of trying to find her brother’s – who goes by Freddie now – trident. This causes a slight rift to grow between her and Killian and he can’t figure out what’s going on. Ingrid and her boyfriend Matt are getting along just swimmingly, until he confesses that he doesn’t believe in any of that witch stuff. For a good portion of the book, Ingrid overlooks that, she’s more concerned with finally losing her virginity – even though she does back out at the end – and it isn’t until the aftermath of Thanksgiving dinner that she realizes that maybe Matt and her can’t work. Joanna is dealing with not only her husband, Norman, being back but the romantic interest of a guy named Harold as well. But even she gets sucked into something witchy that ends being involved with Freya and Killian.
You would think by now I would be used to de la Cruz’s POV jumping, but I’m still not. In some books I don’t really notice it, but in this one it was an issue. It broke up the flow of the story and it wasn’t really until halfway through the novel that it didn’t bother me as much. Killian and Freya sort of lose their hot and sticky romance – although it does make brief appearances – and that title goes over to Matt and Ingrid, until she chickens out. Freddie’s chapters were kind of interesting, although I didn’t think he could be that naïve when it came to love. Yeah, he’s been in Limbo for the last few centuries or so, but c’mon. Even I was sitting there going, don’t sign the contract before reading it! That seemed to sort of work out though near the end.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Serpent’s Kiss set up the events for the next book nicely, but the plot sort of fell a little flat compared to its predecessor. Killian and Freya need to get their hot and sticky romance factor back and something needs to happen with Joanna she was the flattest character this time around.
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