*Sigh* Yes it is never good when I start a review with a sigh but here we go. Wicked Bite is the 2nd in the Night Rebel trilogy, which is part of a sort of spin-off series from the original Night Huntress World. I say sort of spin-off because even though there is the main "Cat and Bones" series, and then "The Night Prince" series, which consists of 4 books focussing on Vlad's story, to be honest there is so much crossover that really this is more like one continuous story with the original Night Huntress books finishing off, and the characters all popping up everywhere.
RIght then - Wicked Bite! When Jeaniene Frost first announced that she was finally writing an Ian spin-off (the first book releasing in 2018) I was skeptical. Ian has been a fan favorite for a long time and settling down really isn't his style. That being said, as you can see from my review of that book (video below if you haven't seen it), I LOVED it. The premise was great, she didn't compromise any of the Ian we have come to know and love, and although I wasn't convinced Veritas would be a good match at all, turns out she has a lot of history that made it work.
So what went wrong with book 2. I first picked it up and put it down after a chapter deciding I obviously needed a refresher (as it had been almost 2 years since reading the 1st part). Turns out this was not the problem, the story had just kind of jumped the shark for me. This is the first book in the entire Night Huntress series that I just kept putting down. For me the plot felt scattered, some of the lore was definitely not consistent, and I just ended up feeling that this was so far out of the normal realm of things that everything including the kitchen sink was being thrown in to try and compensate.
That being said it wasn't all bad. In the grand scheme of things it still rates a 4 star from me (only just - but it made it), and I will still be looking to read the final installment in Ian's story, whatever that ends up entailing.
At the end of the day I feel a little sad, a little disappointed, but the main Night Huntress series starting with Halfway to the Grave is still, by far, one of my top reads, and a series that I comfort read quite often, well at least up to the end of Vlad's books.
Have you read this series? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
If you haven't seen my review for book 1 you can check it out here.