Hi there readers!
How are YOU today?
Good I hope. The week better be treating you right or you have my FULL permission to give it a good stern glare…okay? Now that that’s settled, how’s about we delve into a good read. Today’s featured title is the second installment in the Yara Silva Trilogy…and boy does it pack a punch! Ready to read all about it? If not, feel free to first check out my review of book one…if so, here goes! Today’s book of choice is….
We get reacquainted with the evil that is Thomas from book one, catching a glimpse of just how he became the way he was, what he hoped to accomplish, and the “gift” he left behind for Yara’s boyfriend, Brent. Notice I said gift with quotation marks there….suffice it to say, it’s not a puppy. School politics come into play a time or two as they discover further connections to both themselves and the past but don’t be surprised if you get caught in the web they are spinning. They seem to have a knack for saying and doing the right thing at the right time even if it’s really the wrong thing at the right time….you know what I mean. The powers that be are controlling and vindictive…case closed.
Things are not all doom and gloom though. The Silva family gains the spotlight a time or two, especially Yara’s Grandmother Vovo. Oh how we’ve wanted and needed to meet her more fully! She’s a wealth of knowledge, love, and power…and don’t let her sweet little old lady demeanor fool you either; she can be MAJORLY tough when the time calls for it. It’s pretty impressive. Outside of blood relatives, we catch up with Cherie (her best girl friend) and Brent (Yara’s formerly possessed…well, sorta…boyfriend) as they make their way through the school year and try to help Yara out as well. Cherie is still curious about the paranormal, but is definitely a little more cautious after last year’s “fun” fest. Brent…well, at times I wanted to strangle him for his reactions and actions (or lack thereof), while others, let’s just say that like the water and fire Yara and he are, together they make one steamy couple. ^_^
No seriously. American Wakers…the Council…the list goes on and on. Why didn’t her grandmother TELL her about ANY of it? Or did she even know? Something to ponder (though it is answered in the book…well, at least the last question)…but I can pretty much guarantee we’ll be learning more about any and all of this in book three. I would have never guessed the outcome for Sophie; as far as I was concerned this is one ghost that was written off. What’s that old saying? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Yeah, well how about try to kill me one or more times and still expect some help from me? O-O I can hear the crickets chirping now as you wait for that response that will never come. ~shakes head~ I definitely can’t wait to see how Yara’s growing powers come into play…and even Brent’s…and whatever happened to….oh no, you’re not gonna make me slip up this time! (hehe)
In summary, book one introduced us to Yara’s world as she uncovered talents she didn’t know she had, and really didn’t want. Book two gets us more intimately acquainted with the ways of the Waker and all it entails as Yara embraces her power more fully…even if reluctantly….and accepts her family heritage. It’s a powerful role she has to play in the lives of those who’ve moved on unsuccessfully but one she must fully accept if she has any hope of controlling it as opposed to it controlling her. Believe me; you don’t want it to control her….scary results. O-O My one line verdict….I DEFINITELY have to see how it all ends!
Recommended reading for teen readers and beyond. The story will keep you under its spell from start to finish as it weaves a tale of magic, romance, danger…and school (the end of year prank is totally worth that exposure though). You’ll laugh. You’ll smile. You’ll cringe at the reactions some show in response to decisions made (*cough* Brent *cough). You’ll widen your eyes in shock as the scene turns from serene to dangerous in no time flat. You’ll change your mind about certain characters a hundred times over. In short, you’ll enjoy yourself and really, isn’t THAT what’s important? This book was released a few weeks back so feel free to seek it out as well as its predecessor (Intrinsical…which I happened to review right here on the site if you would like a sneak peek) in a bookstore near you!
Until next time…happy reading!