Thursday, April 30, 2015

Until the Beginning by Amy Plum

Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
After the End Series, Book 2
Expected publication date:  May 5, 2015

Note:  This is the second book in a series.  Anything below can reveal plots from the first book.

Description (taken from Goodreads):
When Juneau's clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family. She soon discovered everything she thought she knew about her life was a lie. Her people's gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village.

Juneau and her new companion Miles's cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico. Now Juneau's people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them. But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything. To rescue her people - and herself - Juneau must discover what she, and her abilities, are truly capable of.

This story picks up right where the last one left off: with Miles dying and Juneau trying to save him using the only thing she knows can save him.  As he enters a death-sleep, Juneau tries to help him through it by singing and keeping constant watch over him.  But they're on the run from dangerous people trying to capture them.  And Juneau must use her abilities to keep them hidden until Miles wakes up.  Even with the Miles' looming death, she still has to find and free her clan as soon as she can.

When Miles wakes up, he's a changed person.  And their journey has become a little more clear.  The people they are trying to save are in New Mexico.  But the closer they get, the more they realize the guy holding them hostage is a little more dangerous and eccentric than they first thought.  And while Juneau's elders are riddled with secrets, she finds it's not enough to give up on them and feed the hurt and betrayal.  In the end, sometimes what happened in the beginning is better left unsaid.

I must say I've been wanting to read this one ever since I finished the first.  I had to know more about the Yara and see Miles and Juneau's story to completion.  But I felt like the two points of view kept confusing me, and I wasn't as vested in it as I was with the first book.  Having more explanations about the magic, or Yara, and the medicine that everyone's after: it felt like a hippy meets technology war.  Yes, I was slightly disappointed that it wasn't as bedazzling as the first one, but I still enjoyed it and thought the ending was worth the read.

I still hold to my statement from my first review: read the first and second one together.  Hopefully that will make the second one more enjoyable.  And you won't have lost the sparkle like I did.

Thanks goes to Around the World ARC Tours for providing me a review copy.

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