Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: She's a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil's Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.
Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil's Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn't the same as keeping her out of his head.
As more and more Sensitives fall prey to their magic and unleash their hunger on the city, Claire and Liam must work together to save New Orleans, or else the city will burn.
I have had this one on my radar for a while so getting to listen to the audio was a plus for me. I have to start out by saying I have a bit of an obsession with all things New Orleans and love when a book has it setting there. I think to be honest this was one of my main draws to this book and when you add in the dystopian world I was definitely all in. We get into this book by meeting Claire who is living life after the effects of the Veil being opened and humans learning about magic and other paranormal aspects. Once it was repaired magic was banned and those with it were being rounded up and sent to Devil’s Isle. Claire of course is a Sensitive and trying to hide what she is she isn’t sent there next. Claire is minding her own business one day and runs across someone needing help so she uses her abilities out in the open and gets help from an unlikely source.
I have to say on my first meeting of Liam I didn’t care for him that much but he grew on me as the story continued. He was actually pretty patient with Claire and helped her out a lot and deal with her abilities too. I liked that he was helpful without being a jerk and feeling the need to be in control all the time as it happens that way a lot with he males in these books. As we get further into the story we see just how strong Claire is as she comes into her own and embraces who she is. I loved the narrator on this one as she really brought the story to life and made these characters realistic and lovable. She got me so immersed in the story that I found myself wanting to continue to listen and finding excuses to continue to listen to the book. Overall this was a great new start to a fun new series and I can’t wait for the next one.