Overall, I give it 4♥'s.
Okay I had to let this sink in for a tiny bit. Up to even 90% into reading the book it was a solid 4 stars. The last 10% however... maybe 3. It still has a primarily happy ending, but left me wanting somehow. I'm still giving it a 4, because 90% is more than a goodly portion of the book. The best way I think I can describe the ending- I felt like it was a Wham-Bam-Thank-You-Mam. Yes, it was happy and enjoyable, but the end felt rushed. I got whacked by a high-note-ending fairy that seemed to give me the cliff notes version. I hope I'm making sense here...
For the majority of the book, I was enthralled by the world, the characters. It was all so rich and well laid out. I was able to get a feel for things and be comfortable in the urban fantasy while still getting surprised occasionally. It was witty and created an intriguing mythology.
"'Hey, Warrior Princess!' he called out, stalking over the dead grass of the yard towards me. An air of disapproval hit me like a physical blow and I took a step back without even realizing it."
"I can see the headline now: Archangel Bust Were Whisperer."
"And I don't generally do helpless..."
"What I knew for sure was that he had a quick temper, cocky attitude, perilous good looks, and a southern accent... Apparently he also has a pet cougar."
Besides the ending, there was also another issue I had with this book. Of all things, there was almost too much going on. There were odd things that seemed like they were frayed ends of a scarf that I expected to get woven back into the story, only they never were. Or, they seemed just suddenly teleported back into the story almost daring you to question how it happened.
I would still recommend this book, and am quite interested to read more should the series be continued. But I am hopeful the future works are more consistent from beginning to end and focused on one or at least only a few major plot lines.