Ugh. I had hoped that Marmee Noir was gone and done for in Skin Trade, but apparently not. She’s like the villain who never dies.
When I started to read this novella, it seemed like it was going to be a light and fluffy exposition piece on a day in the life of Anita’, Micah’, and Nathaniel’s relationship. I soon realized, though, that this wasn’t the case.
While we’ve been waiting for the Vittorio storyline to return, this wasn’t quite what I expected. Everything is all mixed up with weretigers and Marmee Noir, and it seemed at times like the plot was more complicated than necessary.
I think the highlight of this book, for me, was the time that Anita (and thus the reader) got to spend with Jason. I just find him a very likeable character, and his one-liners are especially hilarious.
Honestly, this was probably one of my least favourite books in the series.
I liked the idea of the Harlequin, the pseudo-secret police force of the vampires, and could even follow along with them going rogue and trying to take over St. Louis. But there was just too much unexplainable magic – on both sides – for me to be able to take in.