Once Upon Stilettos is the second book in the Katie Chandler series by Shanna Swendson. Katie is a nice Texas girl in New York City who discovers that she has a very rare ability – an immunity to magic. This means she can see through enchantment and illusions and she's offered a job at Magic, Spells, and Illusions.
Book 2 continues where book 1 left off – the company is still dealing with the same villian – an underhanded ex-employee bent on sabotage. Katie is tasked to discover the identity of a suspected spy in MDI's midst, while dealing with her own relationship issues.
As with book 1 I found the series charming and light, but I'm beginning to want some more depth to some of the periphery characters other than Katie and a few main players. The villains are cartoonish, and while there are some darker parts to this book, for the most part things are kept fun and light. Which is fine if that's what you are in the mood for. Probably the best part of this book was the developing romance. I think that it was more fully featured here than in the first book. I found the ending satisfying and a good stopping point. While there is a wide opening for the series to continue, we aren't left with a cliffhanger.
I like the cover and I like the title. But somehow I'm not that intruiged by this book. Maybe I'm not in the mood right now, given my dark mystery/suspense kick.