Title: A Crack In Everything
Author: Ruth Frances Long
Published: September 1st 2014
Publisher: The O’Brien Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Length: 400 pages
My boyfriend purchased this for me on Kindle.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Welcome to The Other Side …
Chasing a thief, Izzy Gregory takes a wrong turn down a Dublin alley and finds the ashes of a fallen angel splashed across the dirty bricks like graffiti. She stumbles into Dubh Linn, the shadowy world inhabited by the Sidhe, where angels and demons watch over the affairs of mortals, and Izzy becomes a pawn in their deadly game. Her only chance of survival lies in the hands of Jinx, the Sidhe warrior sent to capture her for his sadistic mistress, Holly. Izzy is something altogether new to him, turning his world upside down.
A thrilling, thought-provoking journey to the magic that lies just beside reality.
I was excited to pick this book up when I received the second in the series for review. The story sounded really interesting and the mix of fae with angels and demons isn’t something I’ve really read a lot about so I was eager to see how all these creatures meshed together.
Izzy is just a normal teenager until she spies a graffiti angel on a wall and suddenly everything in her life changes. When she meets the dark and mysterious Jinx in an alleyway, after getting her – now destroyed – phone back from a weird homeless man, Jinx insists on walking her to the venue where her friend Dylan and his band are playing. Neither of them know at that moment, just how much their lives will become intertwined.
Jinx is a fae being, a servant to his Matriarch. He does her bidding and right now, she wants the angel spark from the falling angel from the very alleyway that he met Izzy. Only, the spark is gone. There’s only one place it can be – inside Izzy.
Dark secrets from her past surface and Izzy is thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, where she must sink or swim and fast. Jinx does his best to guide her, but with his conflicting interest – is he really helping her?
I love the dynamics between the characters in this book. There are some fantastic villains in the fae Matriarchs and the hidden past was great to explore and discover along with the characters. I particularly liked Izzy and Jinx’s relationship – how it jumped from friendly to not and back again with just a subtle turn of phrase. No one is sure who to trust and when and things just keep escalating as more and more things are revealed.
Keeping you on the edge of your seat as you take a thrilling journey through the fae world of Dublin, A Crack in Everything throws you into an exciting and dangerous world that promises to scare and excite. Fast-paced, fun, and fresh, this book had me hooked from the beginning and didn’t let me go.
About the Author
Ruth Frances Long writes young adult fantasy such as The Treachery of Beautiful Things (Dial, 2012) and A Crack in Everything (O’Brien Press, September 2014), the first in a trilogy set in the world of demons, angels and fairies that exists alongside our own in modern day Dublin.
Winner of The European Science Fiction Society Spirit of Dedication Award For Best Author of Children’s Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2015.
She lives in Ireland and works in a library of rare, unusual & occasionally crazy books.