Author: Melissa Eastlake
Title: The Uncrossing
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Four Petals
On the Author's Website:
Luke can uncross almost any curse—they unravel themselves for him like no one else. So working for the Kovrovs, one of the families controlling all the magic in New York, is exciting and dangerous, especially when he encounters the first curse he can't break. And it involves Jeremy, the beloved, sheltered prince of the Kovrov family—the one boy he absolutely shouldn't be falling for.
Jeremy's been in love with cocky, talented Luke since they were kids. But from their first kiss, something's missing. Jeremy's family keeps generations of deadly secrets, forcing him to choose between love and loyalty. As Luke fights to break the curse, a magical, citywide war starts crackling, and it's tied to Jeremy.
This might be the one curse Luke can't uncross. If true love's kiss fails, what's left for him and Jeremy?
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Luke's powers allow him to fix all types of bad magic spells and his family's dept to the Kovrov family means he has plenty of opportunity to use that power. Then he meets Jeremy and realizes that even his great strength might not be enough to save them both from the forces building to kill them.
I really liked this book despite the fact that it had many flaws. The world building of gangs controlling parts of the city, in this case the Russian/Ukrainian gang of the Kovrov's, and fighting with other gangs was no doubt based on reality. I could feel that depth and appreciated everything it added to the story.
However, the world building was also the greatest weakness. The magic that was inherent in the story was never fully explained. How it came into existence, how they learned to use it, or even how the curses worked. I could have used a lot more detail to fully flesh out this story. The plot was the same, with wonderful fairy tale aspects that kept my interest the entire way, but just lacking enough detail for me to be able to give this story a full five petals.
I really liked a lot about this story and I do recommend it. The world building and the plot were really interesting, but lacked in detail, which is why I couldn't give this story five petals.
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