Ari has never been normal. Abandoned by her mother when she was six, bounced around between various foster homes, and with gorgeous looks and stunning silver hair that makes her stand out in a crowd, Ari has never blended in with the crowd. In an attempt to find out what happened to her mother, and who her father is, she hitch hikes into New 2. She used to live in New 2 with her mother when it was called New Orleans, before the hurricanes hit and the city was destroyed. The nine most powerful families in the city-the Novem-bought the city, starting restoring it, and now rule it with an iron fist. They take an interest in Ari as soon as she enters the city. Ari meets Sebastian, a tall, dark and mysterious inhabitant of New 2 who happens to be the son of one of the leaders of the Novem. Together, they investigate the secrets of Ari’s past and make startling discoveries about her future.
This was one of those books that had a really great idea, but was very poorly executed. Ari was an interesting character in a unique situation. Sebastian, however, was a completely cookie-cutter tall, dark and handsome. Ari and Sebastian managed to fall in love after speaking approximately 15 words to each other. It felt completely forced and ridiculous. I loved the idea of the new New Orleans (even though it had a stupid name; honestly that was the best idea Keaton could come up with?) being ruled by nine families-who happen to be supernaturals, exactly what New Orleans is famous for. Another brilliant idea…but then, the main family leader, the one who knew Ari’s mother and knows what is wrong with Ari is another cookie-cutter evil character, who only wants to use Ari for her own ends. And then the main villain came along, a Greek goddess. Which did not seem to fit in with the rest of the mythology. It seemed awkward to me and didn’t make much sense.
Overall, the entire story seemed awkward with great ideas that didn’t work the way they should have. I’m not sure if it would be worth reading the next book in the series or not, I didn’t really connect with these characters enough to want to know what happens to them next. Overall, this book was very eh. Hopefully my next read will be better.