Today I am reviewing Escaping Darkness, a YA fantasy/paranormal romance book, second one of The Stone Legacies series by Theresa McClinton :). More on the Author:
A long time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa began her writing career as a journalism intern—possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and feature articles to delve into the whimsical world of young adult and new adult paranormal and contemporary romance.
Since then, Theresa has been married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and was repeatedly guilt tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having traveled to over a dozen countries and explored dozens of U.S. states—including an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska—she is anything but settled down. But wherever life brings her, Theresa will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.
Summary of the book
Tagline: She may have spent years in an asylum, but that didn’t make her crazy–just fearless..
Dropped in Moscow with her friends on an impossible mission against underworld forces, Tara is left to her feelings of overwhelming inadequacy. Her boyfriend is a healer, her best friend is “the Guardian,” and everyone else is a powerhouse of awesome strengths. The only thing she has been able to contribute are her memories, which has left her with nightmares of her time spent at the mercy of the evil Sarian–who everyone has gone to fight.
Alone with her emotions, Tara finds herself falling into a city of depravity and corruption. And amidst all this evil is a young man with an agenda of his own, who leads her down a road that will either prove she is a hero at heart, or drag her into a world she’s always feared.
He wants revenge, she wants redemption. And in an underground rings of missing girls and bloody sacrifices, only the fearless can survive…
I was so excited to finally read the second book in The Stone Legacies series. When reading the first book, The Stone Guardian, I had noticed how Tara (best friend of Ashley, who is the stone guardian), was the odd one out, simply because she had no powers. She was a mere human in the midst of powerful people like time benders, healers, dreamwalkers etc. How does she fit into the plot in the future?. I had wondered. So imagine my delight when Theresa based her entire second book on Tara, making her the star and giving her a proper place in the plot.
Once again, Theresa enthralls with her writing style. Especially in Chapter three, the raw emotions of Tara is so well captured, I just loved it!. Hawa is as ‘bad ass’ as before!. You simply can’t help but wonder what the heck is wrong with this girl??. The feelings in this book are tangible and the way Theresa writes, you feel like you are right in the book and those people are just within your hand’s reach.
In this book, Theresa touches on topics like drugs, child abuse and situations similar to human trafficking. She makes it clear in “A Word from the Author” that she does so, inorder to spread awareness of such grave issues. I felt that was very thoughtful of her.
A new character, Malachi, has been introduced this time around. He is a very mysterious character and believe me, the more you read, the more you want to know about him. Why does he stalk Tara?. How does he appear out of no where?. Who is he?. Questions like this torment you to go through the pages faster. Theresa gives you details little by little thus keeping you glued to your seat.
In Chapter eight, Theresa introduces a neat twist, one that you never saw coming and surprise the hell out of you!. Towards the end of the book, I was moved to tears. My heart aches for those who had to go through a kidnapping situation and their families.
Even though this is a short novella, with 34,000 words, I would say, Theresa managed to keep it exciting and intriguing, with twists you wouldn’t even imagine!. Overall, I simply loved this book as much as The Stone Guardian, which I had reviewed back in Jan. I can’t wait for the next book, to know more about Ashley!
I give this book 5/5 which by Goodreads standards mean that ‘it was amazing’.
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How I received a copy!
An e-book copy of Escaping Darkness was given to me by the author herself, for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own and a free book does not change that!
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