Thursday, 12 February 2015

The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe

The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant (The V Trilogy, #2)The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story weaves itself around many intricate threads - there is Wormwood island, laden with all its perils and danger and needs to be saved, there is Anne, hopelessly mesmerised with Ben and will go to any lengths if it helps him, Ben's obsessive and almost manic ex Garnet; the institute's principal Dia, showering extra attention on Anne and her artistic pursuits. While Ben isn't interested in spending any time with Garnet, Anne is convinced that this is the only way for Ben to win the Valedictorian (what they call the Big V). To add to Anne's woes is the dark secrets about her soul and her past. How all these characters sort themselves out, and does Anne manage to save the island, and her love for Ben, is what the book takes us through.

The story had a staggering pace, which was probably accentuated by the fact that I hadn't read the first book in the trilogy. However, eventually the plot worked its way out and things got clearer. I loved Ben's characterisation, but however, Anne's characterisation came out as being riddled with contradictions.

Overall, this was an interesting read and I would recommend this to lovers of paranormal adventures and romances.

My rating: 3.5 stars

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Book Two in the V Trilogy

Young Adult Fiction
Date Published: January 20, 2015

   Life and death, light and dark, spirit and flesh-on Wormwood Island, the lines are always blurred. For Anne Merchant, who has been thrust back into this eerily secretive world, crossing the line seems inevitable, inescapable, destined.

Now, as Ben finds himself battling for the Big V and Teddy reveals the celestial plan in which Anne is entwined, Anne must choose: embrace her darkly powerful connection to a woman known as Lilith and, in doing so, save the boy she loves…or follow a safer path that is sure to lead to Ben’s destruction at the hands of dark leaders. Hoping the ends will justify the means, Anne starts down the slippery slope into the underworld, intent on exploring the dark to find the light. But as the lure of Lilith proves powerfully strong, will Anne save others-only to lose herself?

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