Tuesday, March 3, 2015

REVIEW: Deviate

The Light Key Trilogy 2:

Author: Tracy Clark
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication date: 3.3.2015
Pages: 356

Recommended by: Entangled Teen, Read 2 Review
Date read: 3.2.2015

I want to start off by saying that I did not read book one in this series, so there were a few things that I didn't quite understand at first - and, of course, there's a previous part to the story that I'm not aware of.  BUT the author does a great job answering questions and giving pieces of information throughout the story that cleared up a lot of those confusions.  I do plan, however, to go back and read the first book, and to go on and read the third book when it's published.

I really got into this story.  It's interesting, different, and eye-opening.  The adventure is exciting, and sometimes even scary, as she tries to keep herself, her friends, and her mother safe, all while trying to figure things out.

I like Cora and Finn, and the fact that it's written from the point of view of each (if you're not a fan of the pov change, I do want to point out that it does happen at chapter breaks and not just randomly).  In fact, because of the way it's written, more information is able to be given to the reader, you're able to see the good and bad in both of them, and it brings you closer to both characters.  The side characters are great, as well.  You can tell that the author really wanted each character to be a complete person, and I enjoyed getting to know each one of them, and seeing how they effect the adventure as it unfolds.

Cora has a lot of stuff going on inside of her, especially after the death of her father, which we hear about in the first few pages, and I can only assume happens at the end of the previous book.  Having lost my father when I was a teenager, a lot of the things she says about her dad really hit home, as well as some of the things she says about herself personally.  I have said before that words in books often times do more than just relate the story - sometimes touching our souls in ways that the author never expected.  This, for me, is one of those books.

About the book:
Tormented after a daring escape, Cora Sandoval must find a way to stop the Arrazi from murdering innocent people and from violating, using, and killing the Scintilla for their powers.  She must also accept one bitter betrayal: Finn Doyle - the Irish boy who has both a piece of Cora's heart and soul - is Arrazi...
            On the verge of extinction and sought by those who would either consume or destroy them, Cora and the remaining Scintilla survivors must solve the mystery of The Light Key.  If they fail, the truth will stay buried forever and mankind will pay the ultimate price.
            No longer will she hide.
            No longer will her loved ones be hunted.
            And she will have her vengeance ... even if she shatters her heart in the process.

About the author:
Tracy Clark is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they're going through, they aren't alone.  In other words, she writes books for her teen self.
            She grew up a "valley girl" in Southern California, but now resides in her home state of Nevada with her daughter and son.  She's an unapologetic dog person who is currently owned by a cat.
            Her debut novel, Scintillate, was inspired by her enchantment with metaphysics as a teen, seeing it as the real magic in life.  It is the first book in The Light Key Trilogy.  Her YA thriller, Mirage, will come out from Harcourt Houghton Mifflin in spring of 2016.
            Tracy is a lover of words, a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer.

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