Publisher: Eos; Original edition (January 27, 2009)
Source: ARC received from HarperCollins Publishers
Some people have the Sight. Genevieve Scelan has the Scent.
They call her "Hound," and with her unique supernatural sense Evie can track nearly anything - lost keys, vanished family heirlooms . . . even missing people. And though she knows to stay out of the magical undercurrent that runs beneath Boston's historic streets, a midnight phone call from a long-vanished lover will destroy the careful boundaries she has drawn. Now, to pay a years-old debt, Evie must venture into the shadowy world that lies between myth and reality, where she will find betrayal, conspiracies, and revelations that will shatter all she believes about herself and the city she claims as home.
When the Hunt is on, the Hound must run . . .
Really enjoyed this book, and think it's a great start to a new series! Hadn't read any reviews, so went into it with no expectations and was very pleasantly surprised. Evie is doing her best to keep her head down and avoid notice, while barely making a living as a bike courier by day and a Finder by night. She has a unique talent which lets her track things by scent, which is how she got her nickname of "Hound."
Despite her best efforts, Evie comes to the attention of The Bright Brotherhood, who are sort of like the mob bosses of magic. Because she's spent most of her life trying to stay out of the magical undercurrent of Boston, she finds that she is unexpectedly ignorant of magical legend and lore, and needs to play catch-up before it's too late.
Liked that Evie was struggling to make ends meet and trying her best to live a "normal" life, but was dragged into the underworld despite her best efforts. She isn't your typical kick-ass heroine; she's not a great fighter, not a great detective, and her main skill is one commonly associated with shapeshifters, but she's not a shapeshifter either. Evie is unique, and I really liked that.
Gave this a 4/5 rating as I really enjoyed Evie and seeing how she dealt with situations outside of her control, while trying to keep her friends safe and her head above water. Looking forward to seeing what the author has in store for Evie in the next book!