Perilous Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy: Review

Perilous Light

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13446343-perilous-light

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5047249.Alyssa_Rose_Ivy

Synopsis from Goodreads: Would you sacrifice everything for a world you barely knew?
A year has passed since Charlotte and Kevin first stepped
through the gate into Energo and neither has been able to settle back into their normal lives. Charlotte tries to distract herself from thoughts of Calvin with the antics of James and her growing friendship with Liam. Kevin can’t seem to shake his feelings for Samantha as he adjusts to his new identity as a college basketball player.
When they unexpectedly return to Energo, both Charlotte and Kevin must face their fears and become the leaders they were always meant to be.

Source: Author for a fair and honest review

My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review: One year after being forced to leave Energo, Charlotte Calloway is wasting away in Charleston. Like any junior in high school, Charlotte gets up and goes to school, consumes far too much coffee, and fritters away the hours with her friends. However, for those who really know Charlotte, something is wrong. That something is the knowledge that her mother is likely still alive, her soul mate Calvin has yet to come to his senses and return to her, and if Charlotte were to return to Energo, she will be killed. Suddenly, high school doesn’t look so bad, right?

Meanwhile, Kevin Calloway is living his dream playing basketball for Carolina. Like his sister, though, something is missing. For Kevin, what’s missing is serving as one of Charlotte’s Guardians and Samantha, the super-tough warrior he left behind when forced to flee Energo. For the Calloways, life in the “real world” just doesn’t measure up to life in Energo. Then, one night Kevin is abducted, only to be warned that should he and his family ever return to Energo, their lives, and those of their friends serving in the Resistance, will be forfeit. Time to go back to Energo!

Once the Calloways step foot in Energo, the search is on, and the group is forced to separate in order to accomplish all their goals. For Charlotte, that means finding and rescuing her mother and learning to harness her considerable powers. For Kevin, the separation means travelling to yet another foreign land to persuade the heads of each country to support the Resistance against Blake. Once the group is separated, the plot slows a bit, allowing the two groups to travel and work toward accomplishing their respective goals. The action is lessened in this part of the book, but Ivy gets the chance to really dig in and build the back stories for many of the characters. I love this part of the book! Just enough minor action is included to keep the action-junkies happy, and a ton of information for those of us who totally dig the back stories! The action and information are seamlessly blended and move the reader along smoothly toward the tumultuous end.

And what an ending it is! Ivy couldn’t have avoided the great battle at the end. The back stories, the two group’s missions, and the minor action all lead up to the dramatic ending. Once again, Ivy spills a few more family secrets and leaves the reader with a pretty significant cliffhanger. The lives of each of the major (and a few of the minor) characters are yet unresolved, and the final book in the series (Enduring Light) promises to be quite an adventurous ride!

The Bottom Line: I love middle books like Perilous Light, and I am a big fan of character-driven novels and plot lines that are varied. In many ways, the second book in a trilogy will make or break a series for me. As a curious reader, I need to know more about the characters to which I have become attached: Where have they been? What’s their background? Why do they behave the way they do? Perilous Light has it all for me! Ivy handily deals with each of the characters of interest, gives just the right amount of action, and answers a few of the unresolved questions from book one.

 

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