It's over. I managed to finish.
Asher may have learned his lesson after the first book. Only one joke, that I can recall, about vampires eating ferrets, and Damian didn't kill any animals for giggles. Granted, most of the readers who'd have been bothered by those things would have quit after Book 1. The only reason I continued on was because I bought both books together and generally hate offloading books without at least attempting to read them.
Overall, I think this was a better book than the first one. Still, I thought I'd be in for an easier read since I'd already been introduced to this world in Book 1. Instead, Asher added a little over half a dozen more named characters readers had to remember and keep track of, a few more supernatural beings, and more world rules. It was exhausting.
On the plus side, I'm now done with all of the physical books in this series that I own (I have a freebie omnibus audiobook that includes books 1 to 3, but I don't know that I'll ever listen to it). I plan on offloading them soon.
I'll use this for my Vampires square. The Ren Faire bit was extremely short, so Creepy Carnivals would feel a bit like cheating. Also, it's probably better for me to stay focused on my best chance for getting my first and possibly only Bingo in this game.