Hello Gemmies! I have an entertaining new book review to share with you today. Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and fair review.
Ethereal Secrets by Whitney Hill is the third book in the Shadows of Otherside Series. I really loved this book and Shadows of Otherside has become one of my favorite paranormal series. Whitney Hill really hit the ball out of the park and delivered another action packed thriller full of mystery, intrigue, emotional angst, drama, sexiness, and of course paranormal creatures galore! Let's start with the cover...... beautiful!!! I love the color scheme and introduction of nature elements into the imagery. There are hints of cool surprises to come if you look close enough! This cover is also the perfect compliment for the covers of the first two books in the series.
Ethereal Secrets is another well done character driven story. The book starts a short time after the events in Eldritch Sparks and our main protagonist, Arden Finch is dealing with the aftermath from those events and keeping the alliance she started, together. She's also juggling controlling her ever growing powers, her PI day job, the big reveal, evading enemies, keeping her loved ones safe, and figuring out the truth of her lineage. I feel like we really start to see Arden come into her own in Ethereal Secrets. She begins to overcome years of emotional abuse, and makes deliberate choices to live life on her own terms, instead of what others expect of her. Arden is such a relatable and likable character, she's not perfect, and it makes her plight much more believable. For fans of the series, we get to spend time with some of the other characters including Troy and Maria. This review is spoiler free, but I will say a bombshell is dropped at the end. With what is revealed, I'm hoping we are going to learn a whole lot more about the elves and djinn in upcoming books.
Ethereal Secretes also has wonderful world building, and takes place in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. This is near and dear to my heart as I live here. I also love how Whitney Hill worked in some issues common to the area, into the storyline. Like the ever growing population, and increasing traffic issues. It's real and adds an element of credibility to the story. You don't have to live in North Carolina to appreciate this world and find your self fully immersed in it. As with the first two books in the series, Ethereal Secrets is chock full of paranormal creatures. I mean this book has everything my Otherworld heart needs, from werewolves, witches, djinn, elves, vampires, kobolds, Goddesses, and more! Ethereal Secrets really has it all.
If you are a fan of mysteries, vampire balls, paranormal politics, elemental magic, shifting power bases, enemies, to friends, and kick ass heroines then read this book! Published by Benu Media, Ethereal Secrets releases on February 23, 2021, and is available for pre-order from all major booksellers. I give Ethereal Secrets 5 out of 5 gems. I'm looking forward to reading more adventures set in this universe. Happy Reading!