Author: Sarah M Ross
Source: eARC from author for review for blog tour
Please do not read my review if you have not read book 1, Awaken. It could contain spoilers.
Six months ago, Lucy Donovan thought that being killed by a drunk driver was the worst thing that could happen to her.
She was wrong.
Now, the person she loves most has been ripped away from her, soul held hostage, and Lucy has vowed to stop at nothing to get it back.
Part of a new team with enhanced powers, Lucy and her friends begin a quest to avenge the souls that have been stolen. Enemies of the Patronus have united however, and a spy from within the Patronus realm is feeding the enemy their every move.
When a mission goes horribly wrong, Lucy’s soul becomes compromised. It will take a strength she didn’t know was within her to escape the darkness, return to the light and avenge the soul she loves.
Lucy is in search of her sister who has been stolen by a bunch of vicious blood suckers. Going on mission after mission stealing back souls that were once taken, she rarely has a moments rest. Lucy feels if she doesn't find her sister soon it may be too late. In the midst of looking for her and taking down vampires, the unthinkable happens, Lucy is kidnapped and held hostage. But it's not really her who the vampires want. It's someone much dearer to her. So when her true love gets taken away, Lucy is left feeling the pain. With her emotions all over place, Lucy has to find a way to get Max back. In the end, she may lose everyone she loves…but it’s a risk she has to take.
I thought Awaken was wonderful...but Avenge came in and kicked a little bootie. Ok, a lot of bootie. I was so surprised to see that I loved it more than Awaken. I especially loved the second half of the book where the action and suspense was knocked up a notch or two. And while coming up on the ending, I was so worried that something bad was going to happen. But I thought that Ross ended it perfectly; leaving me happy and satisfied. So much so, I am looking forward to the next book and what James has to say.
Did I mention we get a snippet of Max’s POV? Um yeah, and it was flippin great. Would love to have ‘heard’ more from him in the story though. But even so…it was great just getting that little bit from him. And it just made me fall a little more in love with him.
I will say that I am loving Lucy’s character a little more in Avenge too. I felt she has really grown from the first time we met her Awaken. Lucy has really adjusted to her role as a Patronus and matured as a person. Seeing that change makes it easier to connect with her character a little more than before.
So if you haven’t read Awaken, get on it. If you have, then you really need to get to reading Avenge. You are going to love the conclusion to Max and Lucy’s story.