Where There’s Fire (Panopolis #2) by Cari Z

WhereTheresFireMaking a name for myself as a Villain in Panopolis is hard work. Six months ago, my boyfriend broke me out of jail. Now he’s spending most of his time defending our turf against other Villains he accidentally freed along with me. And my new psychic powers are not only impossible to control, but they’re also giving me migraines.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. My skills are improving every day, and Raul—aka the Mad Bombardier—and I have never been happier. That is, until my first solo job is interrupted by a mysterious woman who tells me that Raul has been kidnapped by a ruthless new Villain. The only way to free him is to do a job for Maggot, a man with scary ideas and an even scarier superpower.
I can’t go to the cops or a Hero for help. Odds are they wouldn’t listen to me anyway. If I fail, Raul will be killed. If I succeed, we’ll both be bound to a man who’ll stop at nothing to put Panopolis on the path to civil war.
It looks like the only way to win is to take out the competition.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I almost passed up this series. From the descriptions, I thought it was a little too ‘comic bookish’ for me. The more I read and got into the story, the more I realized that my initial opinion was wrong. I started to feel that way by the end of Where There’s Smoke. By the end of Where There’s Fire, Cari Z had me totally convinced.

The Panopolis series is basically good against evil, but with a very thin line between the two forces. Edward thought he had it figured out. The Villains were the bad guys and the Heroes were there to protect everyone. Things may have blurred a bit when he started falling for Raul in Where There’s Smoke, but in Where There’s Fire, more of the truth came out. Not only does Edward take a more active role when he becomes a villain himself, but he learns more about where the real evil lies. This is definitely one of those series where nothing is quite like it seems.

Things change drastically for both Edward and Raul by the end of Where There’s Fire. So much so, I can’t wait for the next book to be released.

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