Synopsis from Goodreads: In the past few weeks Alexa Montgomery has had her entire world flipped upside down. She’s gone from living a semi-normal teenage life to a life full of vampires and werewolves who all expect her to deliver them from the control of an evil dictator.
Alexa is the last of her kind; a Sun Warrior, and now she has left the safety of Two Rivers to search for her mother, but she’s left her sister behind to do so, and Nelly is the one person that she was told that she must always protect. Kayden, a vampire who is Alexa’s other half, has followed her on her journey. But, secrets are about to come out, relationships will break and danger lies just up ahead. Will Alexa be able to get through all of this and make it out alive? And, will she be able to protect Nelly from danger when she is so far away?
My Rating: 5/5 stars
My Review: Alexa Montgomery is the Sun Warrior – a girl meant to lead a revolution against the paranormal world’s tyrannical king; girlfriend to Jackson the werewolf; sister to Nelly, a hybrid Lamia/Searcher; and potential mate to the to-die-for warrior Kayden. That’s a lot of stuff to be for one seventeen-year-old girl but as always, Alexa handles herself with extreme violence and very little grace J You go girl!
Half Black Soul is the second novel in the Alexa Montgomery Saga and it is well worth the wait. Each chapter (with the exception of one toward the end) of this high octane novel is told from the perspective of either Alexa or Nelly. For what is likely the first time in their lives the girls are separated from one another and forced to deal with the consequences of that separation. For Alexa this means a butt load of ass-kicking, acknowledging her feelings for Kayden (who might have followed her when she snuck away), and trying to deal with the fact that her monster, which now has conversations with her, is a gleeful and stone-cold killer. For Nelly the separation means learning to stand on her own two feet, further develop her formidable skills, fight her own battles (take that Victoria!), and formulate a plan that will help her sister meet her destiny head-on.
There is no break in the action in this book despite all the background and new information Gordon has offered. Alexa and Kayden prove to be an amazingly efficient and vicious team during their journey and Nelly comes into her own. In fact, Nelly is by far the most evolved character in this novel and is certainly someone to look out for in future installments of the series. Nelly, in her own way, is just as fierce and bad-ass as her sister!
The Bottom Line: the short-term plot line for this novel was not only aggressive and fast-paced but informative and really, really good. The long-term plot line is also advanced, rather dramatically, and leaves the reader all but begging for more. The major characters not only evolve but do so in fantastically spectacular fashion while most of the minor characters make a splash of their own. In short, this sophomore effort by H.D. Gordon is excellent and I can’t wait for the next round of awesome.