People, I want to say this was as good as the first one (or at least as middle of the road as the first one-- see my review of Darkness Becomes Her) but....
Level of Originality: 5. I still like New 2, the cool post-apocalyptic version of New Orleans which is all decay and Spanish moss with a bit of kids-forced-to-fend-for-themselves.
Level of Absurdity: 10. Witches and vampires and greek gods, oh my! This is a paranormal/magic blender.
Level of Paranormal Romance: 9. “the superhot Sebastian.” GAG. That is actually in the book blurb. I DIE. 1. Sebastian doesn’t seem super hot. He seems like cold oatmeal-- filling, but mostly sticky and boring. 2. There is nothing very romantic about this ‘romance.’ But I give the relationship a 9, since he is a witch/vampire and she is the daughter of a man created by Athena and a gorgon (aka medusa head). THAT is a paranormal couple.
Level of Harry Potterness: 2. The Novem, the borderline-bad-guy supernatural families that run New 2, fizz rather than spark.The same goes for Athena. Without scary bad guys or any real investment in these kiddos, It is hard to root for Ari. New 2 is so cool, but there is so much is beige in the plot! I cannot report on the climactic scene, since I found no evidence of a story arc here. Hermione Granger would not stand for this shiz.
To conclude, this quote sums up my feelings on this series: "I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?"