Friday, June 29, 2012

Review: Second Nature by Elizabeth Sharp

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t read Natural Selection yet, don’t read this review!
“Amelia Hoffman always knew she would be with Nathaniel Peplow forever, but after they bonded everything started to go wrong. Nate treats her like the enemy, her siblings are in danger, and an old threat grows closer. As Nate pulls away and Amelia’s burgeoning friendship with a handsome stranger blossoms, she worries she made the biggest mistake of her life. If sorting out her love life wasn’t enough, a new drug emerges that not only threatens the ones she loves, but seems to be part of something larger than she could ever imagine. Amelia’s new and old friends must work together to not only save themselves, but the whole world.”
In Second Nature, the second book in Elizabeth Sharp’s Forces of Nature series, we’re back with the gang. Sariah, Xander and Lia have been on the run and forced to hide their true identities. Finally settling down into a home, new jobs and trying to make a life for themselves after the death of their parents. New faces appear including a swoon-worthy angel named Dylan who seems to have a bit of an interest with Lia. But where's Nate? The ending of Natural Selection left them with bonded, created by a simple kiss. Since then things have not only become more complicated but hearts are all tangled up.

There is an incredible amount of action in this book that made for such an easy and enjoyable page turner. We deal with old predicaments and new ones as a new drug is on the market that's proving to be very dangerous to the human society. There is also a bigger picture we're beginning to see with the possibility of Lia being more than just the average Gaia.

There were a couple of things that didn’t settle well with me about this book. A minor detail is that there were a few typos. I can handle this, especially reading indie books it’s going to happen. While I didn’t think too much of those errors while reading, there were enough that I felt the need to make a comment. Secondly there is the immersion of a new drug. Knowing that I read the Gwen Sparks series not too long ago by Stephanie Nelson there were some overlaps between this series and the other. Checking the publication dates, they were published a week apart from each other and I also know that they run in the same circle. 

Everyone knows that nothing is original. Every storyline is inspired by another and always will be. All you can do is try and twist everything to form into your own story. I’m simply stating that I found the similarities hard to ignore, especially knowing their connection.

Yet without a doubt, I still rate this book a 

Because no matter the similarities, I still had to know what happened next and loved the growing connection between Xander, Lia and Sariah. Not to mention the variety of paranormal creatures, I definitely look forward to the release of the next book in this Forces of Nature series.

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