ARC Review: Circle of Ashes (Wish Quartet #2) by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh

I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the author for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 

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Summary:EVERY WISH HAS A COST BUT WILL THE SOCIETY BE WILLING TO PAY IT? 

Once a hacker-for-hire living in the shadows, Josephina “Jo” Espinosa is the newest member of a magical Society. Their mandate? To grant the wishes of mortals. A simple enough task until Jo is faced with an impossible wish – and her inability to grant it might spell disaster for her entire team, if not the Society itself. 

Jo is used to high-pressure situations, but after a string of disasters, the last thing she needs is stakes of this magnitude. Especially given that neither she nor the Society know quite what the consequences of failing to grant a wish might be. 

The only person with answers is the Society’s aloof and cryptic leader, Snow. Yet while Jo is enigmatically drawn to the man, all their clandestine encounters leave her with only more questions about the true nature of the Society, her magic, and her own history. 

Time is running out for the Society, and an executioner will rise from among them to exact the price of failure.

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★★★.5

I liked this book much more than the first one. Almost all the main problems I had with Society of Wishes weren’t present here, so that was definitely a plus.

I enjoyed the plot and it was much easier to get invested in it compared to book one. The stakes were really high and I just wanted to know what came next. I also think there was more than one plot hole, some more obvious than others, so if you’re someone who cares a lot about the plot maybe that would bother you more than it did me.

I think the characters, and especially Jo, were also better fleshed out here. I enjoyed getting to know more about some of them and I have a few theories about some of them, and I’m curious to know if I’m right. Also let it be known that Nico has my undying love.

That said, I’m still not fully invested in the romance between Jo and Snow. I also have theories about it though, so I’m hoping that things will make sense after a future reveal. I still should be able to feel a chemistry between them, something I still don’t feel halfway into the series.

I’m also……….not okay with the way the book ended. It felt very unnecessary and just a way to finally establish a certain someone as the villain (something that so far wasn’t confirmed). I don’t mind when certain events happen, but they need to make some sort of sense and while I can kind of see why it was the only choice that made sense, I also found it to be anticlimactic.

Despite its flaws, I had a good time reading it (I also read it super fast for some reason) and I’m looking forward to the next book!

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