I decided to review the entire collection as whole instead of book by book. New to me author Ms. Wilde is a recommendation from... Facebook. Yes, I am as surprised as you are. I am not sure how Facebook is figuring out which books would appeal to me, but this series definitely tickled my fancy.
I like Nava. She is at her lowest. Since she lost her chance to shine in what she was good at and loved, she's been in a downward spiral. Not yet 21 and she's already an alcoholic and a rebel with no cause. When she accidentally ends up joining a secret fraternity of warriors... all hell breaks loose. Not going to lie, the misogyny is strong in this series. Just as the chip on Nava's shoulder is large. Whilst this is more a New Adult genre due to the sex, the maturity of Nava is definitely lacking. Or perhaps I was already a fuddy duddy at the age of 20. Some of the stunts Nava pulls in the earlier books makes me wince. Luckily, she does grow out of this immaturity. And then she gets overconfident and a bit of an egoist. Nava is a hot mess and so are the majority of the characters in this story.
I did like learning more about Jewish culture and their religious teachings. I am not sure if this is 100% accurate but if even half of it is facts, it is interesting. I always like learning about other cultures. Ms. Wilde creates an interesting world blending mythos and biblical passages. Bringing in witches and demons made it a nice fresh reinterpretation for me.
The snarkiness of Nava amused me to no end. She comes across kind of like Buffy but not quite. Because at least Buffy had support and Nava is barely tolerated. There are several scenes where Nava is ruthlessly cut to the quick. I felt badly for her as she is excluded from the "no girls allowed" club. I did like seeing how the "girls only club" mirrored the "boys only club". Fanatics on either extremes will always end up with more commonality than not. I have always found this to be a point of amusement. Ms. Wilde does an excellent job of showcasing this point.
This urban fantasy is recommended to New Adult readers who like rooting for the underdog.