Creepy Hollow #2: Labyrinth by Rachel Morgan: Review

Creepy Hollow #2

Synopsis from Goodreads: Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamour follows her into the fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.
The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out alive.
[This novel was originally published in four separate parts: Guardian, Labyrinth, Traitor and Masquerade. It includes bonus scenes at the end that were not published in the individual parts.]

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review: Ooh!!  Creepy Hollow round two is just as good as round one!!  The action in Labyrinth picks up right where Guardian left off; none of those annoying time lapse things going on here.  Violet has officially decided she likes Nate and might have “forgotten” to erase his memory.  For Nate’s part, he knows he likes Violet and is anxious to begin the search for his biological mother.  Both are certain that once they find Angelica (Nate’s bio mom) all their questions will be answered and the mysteries solved.  All kinds of warm fuzzy stuff can come from this, right?

In order to find Angelica, Violet has to use her super-cool find anyone anywhere power and it leads she and Nate to a place they should never, ever venture into, the Underground.  The things that go bump in the night live in the Underground and just as soon as they arrive Violet discovers she and Nate have no means of an easy, magical escape.  The pair has no choice but to maneuver through the Underground which is a massive labyrinth until they either find Angelica or a way out.  The story wouldn’t be good if there weren’t obstacles and boy are there obstacles to the tune of a giant tidal wave, a troll, and one seriously b**tchy bio mom.

While Labyrinth answers some of the questions posed in Guardian it also brings with it a whole host of new questions.  In this way, Labyrinth was a bit more frustrating than Guardian but no less good.  Here’s what we’re left with at the end of Labyrinth:

1)   Is Angelica good, evil, or just cranky and tired of being trapped in the Underground?

2)   Why does Angelica want Violet’s already-dead parents dead?

3)   Why is Ryn, Violet’s greatest training competitor and enemy at a nightclub in the Underground?

4)   Where did Nate go when he and Violet get separated in the Underground?

5)   What is the strange eye-shaped tattoo that has appeared on Nate’s lower back?

To be continued dear reader, in Creepy Hollow #3, Traitor.

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