The drama is still totally present, though, in the form of Evie deciding to endanger her healthy relationship in classic style by not telling the truth/keeping secrets from her true love. Oops. Let me give you all some love advice: be honest. People don't like being lied to, especially if they expect you to trust them. The fun of the novel outweighed this needless drama for me, thankfully.
A new character is added, in the form of Jack, a cherubic boy, a year or so younger than Evie. Jack can open gates and navigate the faerie paths, because he was kidnapped and raised by the fey. As you might have guessed, he's a little bit crazy. I am not a fan of Jack; he's just too strange to be likable. Even though I tend to want to ship an underdog character with the heroine (if only to subvert expectations), I just could not warm to this guy.
We get some more explanations of how the paranormals came about in this one, too, which is both cool and a bit confusing. For example, there was one creature created by a male fairy impregnating a human woman. Wouldn't there be more of these creatures around? This doesn't sound like a difficult thing to have happen. Do the fairies have trouble reproducing? (I wonder this same thing every time I read LOTR...haha)
I still recommend this series to people who like a humorous, light read. It's perfect for vacation, the beach or a break from heavy study materials. Also, I love that it looks like they may have used the same model on both covers. I hate when it's obviously the heroine on multiple covers in a series but she looks wildly different every time.