Key of Mystery by K.H. Mezek
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (201 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
“Be careful who you love, it just might kill you.” When Sera’s father is killed in a horrific accident, all he leaves behind is a mysterious key. Sera places the key on a chain around her neck and vows to avenge her father. Strange characters arrive in town including the otherworldly Night Angels, who claim to be sent for her protection. Sera falls hard for one of them—exotic, arrogant Peter. But what if his promise of love is only a ruse to gain access to the key? As Sera’s connection to the key grows, so do her supernatural powers. Guided by clues left by her father, Sera searches for the hidden chamber beneath the city, hoping to save what lies within before the sinister mayor and his deadly followers drown humanity in a bloodbath.
What good is a key if you don’t know what it will open?
To be honest, my first impression of Sera wasn’t a very positive one. She came across as a judgmental person in the beginning because of how obsessed she was with social status and owning expensive things. First impressions aren’t always right, though, and I soon changed my mind about her. These were definitely her biggest flaws in the beginning. It was rewarding to see this character grow so realistically as a result of the experiences she had. Watching her mature was by far my favorite part of the entire story.
There were pacing issues. The first half of the book was spent describing the main character’s reaction to her father’s death and to her new home. While it was interesting to have such an in-depth understanding of her grief, this did slow the plot down quite a bit. It also made the second half feel crowded to me due to how many different scenes had to be crammed into it in order to explain what had been going on with her father before he died and who the strange individuals were who kept showing up in Sera’s life.
With that being said, I was intrigued by the author’s explanations for this stuff. She created a world that I would have loved to explore more thoroughly because of how complex it all seemed. The people and creatures that were part of it were absolutely fascinating. There is definitely room here for at least one sequel. While I don’t know if Ms. Mezek is planning to write one, I’d be curious to read it if she does!
Key of Mystery is a good choice for anyone who appreciates a big puzzle.