ARC Review: The Shifting Price of Prey by Suzanne McLeod

Filed in 5 Stars , Review , Suzanne McLeod , The HEA Lover Posted on August 27, 2012 @ 11:00 am 13 comments

Format read: E-Arc provided by the author
Series: Book # 4 in the Spellcrackers.com series
Release Date: August 30th 2012
Number of pages: 534 pages
Publisher: Gollancz
Formats available: Ebook, Paperback, Hardcover
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Book Depository US | Book Depository (UK)

Blurb:
Sometimes a bit of magical help might cost more than you bargained for . . .

London is hosting the Carnival Fantastique, and Genny’s job has never been busier or more fulfilling. Only not everyone is so happy. The fae are in trouble again and Genny learns the mysterious Emperor may have the solution they need – if Genny can find him.

Genny needs help. She turns to the vampire, Malik al-Khan, only to find he’s wrestling with his own demons. Genny’s own problems are about to multiply too. An old flame arrives with a tragic situation, just as the police request her urgent assistance with a magical kidnap. Is it all unconnected, or can the Emperor help her solve more than the fae’s troubles?

My Thoughts:

What a book! I’m still trying to cope with the ending…even though it was the second time I read it! Talk about a powerful book.  But let’s start from the beginning. The Shifting Price of Prey is the 4th book in the Spellcrackers.com series. I’ve read and loved the previous books in the series but THIS book beats them all. I’ve never felt so shocked/engrossed/nervous/surprised by a book before.

Suzanne is really a Master (Mistress? *wink*) of suspense , she will make you  squirm in your seat. I can’t count the number of times she made me go all ‘OMG No way!!!’, ‘This can’t be!’  or start to shout at my E-reader. The book innocently drives you from a nice ballad in the countryside to a race for your life on a cliff-road . That’s how I felt when reading this book. At first I liked it but it was still possible to put down the book (to… say eat, or sleep) but the farther you get into the story the more impossible it is to stop reading.   It’s hard to talk about the story without spoiling it for those who haven’t started the series, so I’ll just try to make you go through my journey to insanity without giving out spoilers.

Genny is still searching for a way to break the Fertility Curse that has been plaguing the Fae. The closer she gets to finding the answer the more dangerous it gets. She will have to face her childhood nightmare (Scary Motherf*cker!)  and a whole new set of Big Bads.   But you just need to trust her, she’s strong enough to make it (I hope)!

Can I say how happy I am that there’s a LOT of Malik scenes in this book? *g* I’ve never loved him so much. He’s sexy as hell and we finally get to know more about his past. Because let’s admit it, he’s been a mystery from the start.  I’ve always been torn between Malik and Finn but now I’m a Malik fangirl. I wanted to slap Finn silly way too often. But then he got all sweet and he was all forgiven. Did I tell you how evil the author is? lol Very! She makes you change your mind about characters in the blink of an eye!

One of the great thing about this book is how much humor is incorporated in the story. I laughed a lot and smiled even more. Genny is wonderful. There’s also a bunch of awesome secondary characters. My favorite being Ricou who has a thing for using Johnny Depp glamours, my favorite being Captain Jack Sparrow *swoon*.  I love that  this book is not JUST one story and everything leading to the final rundown. Nope here you get to see many aspects of Genny’s life. You never know what is or isn’t relevant to the main plot, so you’re on the edge of your seat , getting paranoid about everything. And still you don’t see it coming in the end!  Suzanne is evil I told you!

The story is gripping and very original you can’t even try to guess what’ll happen next. Even the second time around I was still completely lost to the book.  You know the feeling you get when you watch Titanic and they are trying to avoid the Iceberg and you’re  seriously hoping they’ll make it safe (yes, shouting ‘TURN you fools!’ at the Tv) even though you already KNOW they will sink? LOL This book is just like that, I knew what would happen and still I kept shouting at my book, hoping it would go differently. (Yes I’m crazy <== possibly an aftereffect from reading this book lol).

Oh the revelations we get in this book!!! I can’t tell you what but OMG. Evil Suzanne went full blown Evil with the ending. EEEEEEEEEEp I NEED the next book ASAP!!  I just couldn’t believe she would let us hang like this!  I wouldn’t say it’s a cliffhanger (Really, it is) but it’s a game changer for sure.

The Shifting Price of Prey is made of Awesomesauce.  I got sucked in the book and  couldn’t let go till the end. It’s unexpected and sexy, gripping and scary. It’ll play with your emotions and leave you half crazed for more! I can’t recommend it enough. This series is one of my favorite ever. It keeps getting better and better. I always think it impossible for a book to top the last but each time I am happily surprised.

I give The Shifting Price of Prey 5 stars

 

PS: If I summed up the notes I took on the book when I first read it, it’d look like this : OMFG… O_O… Oh no she didn’t!!! OMG WOW. <== I kid you not LOL

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About Caro The HEA Lover


Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • draconismoi August 27, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I keep meaning to look into this series.

    • pattepoilue August 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Oh yes!!! *g* I hope if you read it you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!

  • blodeuedd August 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Haha! I love that last stuff, that would be my summary too

    • pattepoilue August 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Suzanne is Evil! I swear she wants us to have a heart-attack or something ;)
      Are you craving the next book too? *g*

  • Susan August 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I have the first 2 ebooks in this series (but haven’t read them yet). Wonder why the 3rd and 4th books aren’t available on Kindle in the US?? This is going to kill me now.

  • melliane August 28, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Yeahh! I loved this book, it was awesome so I’m glad it was the same for you. I agree I’m totally team Malik! great review! I

    • pattepoilue August 28, 2012 at 7:54 am

      *g* Such an awesome book! Malik grew on me. I really wasn’t Team Malik at first =P

  • aurian August 28, 2012 at 7:15 am

    I still have to read the third book, but will do that sometime soon. I never did like Finn though, so slap him all you want.

    • pattepoilue August 28, 2012 at 7:55 am

      Ohhhh you never liked him?!!! He was kinda nice and cute at some point.
      What about Tavish? *g*
      I hope you’ll enjoy book 3 and 4 too *g*

  • Stella August 28, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Oooh Caro, I have this series on my TBR list will have to get to it soon with all your high praises I’m getting impatient :-D

    • pattepoilue August 28, 2012 at 10:53 am

      *g* How I looooove this series! Hope you’ll enjoy it too !!!

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