I read the first book in this series and liked it a lot. I gave it five stars. I haven't read the second book yet and this is book number three. I really like the blend of modern conveniences and magic in these books. I don't feel like I missed too much by reading this book after the first in the series. I hadn't meant to skip the second book and intend to catch up, because I really like these characters and the story. Oscar and Tiny are my favorite characters. Victor has been stealing magic from monsters and gathering it up in black blades. This is what must happen in the second book that I missed. Victor Draconi wants to kill off the other families. Lila wants revenge on Victor and Blake because they murdered her mother. This is a fun young adult magical adventure. 4 stars.