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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Book Review: Darklight

Author: Lesley Livingston
Publish Date: December 2009
Publisher: HarperTeen

Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was a Faerie princess, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved the mortal realm from the ravages of the Wild Hunt.

Now Kelley is stuck in New York City, rehearsing Romeo and Juliet and missing Sonny more with every stage kiss, while Sonny has been forced back to the Otherworld and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the remaining Hunters and Queen Mabh herself.

When a terrifying encounter sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful but destined to be cut short. An ancient, hidden magick is stirring, and a dangerous new enemy is willing to risk everything to claim that power.
Caught in a web of Faerie deception and shifting allegiances, Kelley and Sonny must tread carefully, for each next step could topple a kingdom . . . or tear them apart. (From Goodreads)

Second books are a tricky thing. The first book sets everything up, introduces the characters and provides us with a basic problem. The second book, makes or breaks the series. The reason begin is that it can pull us deeper in thrall OR give us the WTF? Moment and ruin the entire series. 

Luckily, Darklight is not a WTF book. Our characters are the same as previous. We have no mysterious new characters that severely damage our knowledge of the story. Nor are there any surprise visits from “oracle” characters. (You know what I’m talking about. Those characters that only show up to guide the characters back onto the plot line then vanish for the rest of the story.)

The plot is fast paced. It’s not frantic but the book does move by pretty quickly. Thankfully there are no rapid jumps that require rereading to understand. It’s a little predictable, but not so much it makes it unenjoyable. My heart fell out at the end. Just fell right out. I know why it was done, but at the same time I’m not sure who needs cuddling more anymore. 

This book definitely redefines the wondrous beauty of this series. I’m really happy I’ve picked this series up and I’m really looking forward to reading the next one. ^_^ 

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