Spirits (Absent Fate #2) by Jenica Saren
Released: January 25, 2019
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Reverse Harem
Publisher: Jenica Saren
Reviewed by Keyrsten
One mistake can cost the lives of many. What if it saves the lives of those you love the most?
What if it's not a mistake, but fate?
Kismet was a normal college student with good grades, a best friend, a mother and grandmother, and an ordinary life. Well, as normal as being a witch in the infamous Syntyche coven can be. At least, she was before she died.
When Kismet's mother and grandmother go missing, the threads of a deadly plot from within the coven begin to unravel, and, after a dangerous attempt to find her family, she loses it all.
But her soul? It isn't giving up so easily.
Then, there are the four witch hunters who aren't all that they appear to be, harbouring secrets that could either save Kismet's people or destroy them all. It's up to her to figure out which one it will be, with the fate of her coven resting on her shoulders.
And her attachment to the four of them is supposed to make things easier?
Holy mother of Tahoe. I'm bringing out the bedazzled pitchforks .... but in a she hurt me so good way. Jenica and her damn cliffhangers. Boy does she know how to write them. She brings you to the edge of your seat and then nonchalantly gives you that nice little push over the edge and leaves you jonesing for more of the story. I almost feel like a toddler demanding the cookies as I write this, except for I'm demanding for more of this story and Jenica isn't my mother.
Jenica isn't afraid to explore flaws and vulnerabilities in her characters, and this really shows in this second book. For all intents and purposes, what Kismet did at the end of book one was selfish .. albeit selfish for the right reasons. She's not afraid to have Kismet look at her actions and make her question whether or not she made the right choices. Kismet vowed never to cause harm to others, but in thinking rashly she jumped to a decision that did cause more harm than she intended. She begins to question if causing harm is so black and white, and if in fact there is this gray area how is she supposed to decide which harm is worse. Kismet begins to question the world she grew up in and who she is as a not dead but still dead witch ... you can feel the identity crisis brewing and I can't wait to see how she evolves as the story goes on.
We get our first POVs from someone other than Kismet, and I have to admit they were my favorite chapters of the book. It was nice to see things from Gavyn and Jadwin's side of the story and how they are feeling about everything. Since Kismet has returned ... again ... they have been walking on egg shells around her not quite ready to come head to head with her and how they feel about her and everything that has happened. They aren't ready to face that with her, but in allowing the readers to get these POVs we are able to develop a stronger bond with them as characters and get a taste of how they feel about everything. Zeph and Hansen may not have had their own POVs in this book, but they kept themselves in the forefront of the story with their own quirk and sarcastic one liners. Heck I'll even go as far to say that Hansen had some of the best lines of this book, I mean holy closet I am still having nightmares about demented jack in the boxes. Jenica continues to bring you interesting and unique voices with each member of the harem, and all though they are flawed you can't help but love them with all of your heart.
Book two will definitely hit you more on the emotional spectrum, but I feel like it's only a taste of what's to come. Wars are brewing on the horizon, but I feel like our lovely coven of an undead kind of alive witch and witchy witch hunters have so much more to go through before they are ready for what's about to come. My heart is aching over what Kismet is going through with that cliff hanger and I'm eager to see how this will affect her moving forward. I also am going to nonchalantly beg Jenica to not destroy my heart even further, I may have masochistic tendencies but my heart wants what it wants ... and I want that cliffhanger to not do what I think it might do. (I know cryptic much but you'll have to read it to find out).
Rate: 5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addict with slight wino tendencies.