Monday, April 2, 2012

Shadowed Ground by Vicki Keire

Genre:  YA Paranormal Fantasy
The Chronicles of Nowhere, Book 2

Description (taken from Goodreads):
Chloe Burke has only two choices left: run or fight.

As she wakes from a poisoned sleep with silver scars across her back, her aunt’s diary may provide the only clues about the creatures of fire that hunt her.

Separated from her last living relative and the only home she has ever known, Chloe must rely on the deadly Eliot Gray to guide her through the strange world she suddenly finds herself inhabiting. It’s a world where the Abandoned wear human bodies like cheap suits, where the Landing finds itself threatened by its nearest neighbors, and Chloe and Eliot must watch their every move.

A dangerous road stretches on before them, and Chloe and Eliot must learn to work as a team against the deadly predators that threaten a whole new world. As the bonds of trust grow, they must be careful not to tread upon time-honored boundaries: those forbidding Guardians to act on feelings for their Wards. Determined not to let the only home she remembers suffer the same fate as the world of her childhood, Chloe finds herself in a race to reach Gray’s Landing before it is too late.

Honestly, I have to say I enjoyed this book more so than the first.  And the reason why?  Even though the ending wasn't really an ending (in the sense that this is a series), it was a million times better than the ending in the first book.  With the first, I felt like I was kicked off a cliff at the end.  With this one, I felt like it closed with a sense of hope that they will get through this.

This book was full of a lot of action.  Looking back on it, a few things were explained that satiated my curiosity.  But not a whole lot was explained.  But that's okay because I got to see a lot of kick-butt fighting.

And the relationship between Chloe and Eliot?  It could just be my hopefulness that makes me think there's something between the two of them.  Or the fact that I like Eliot a lot.  Who knows, we'll see when the next one comes out.

And now I'm left wondering when the third book will come out...  What's my recommendation?  If you like urban fantasy reads, then I recommend you read the first and second book in this series together.  Do not treat them as separate books.  Since they're short stories to begin with, it's easy to treat the two as one novel (and you'll feel better about the ending).

Challenges:  Young Adult Reading Challenge

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