"No matter the cost, someone must defeat the darkness."
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I give this book a 4.5 stars. The emotional level of this book was wonderful. THe writer is able to grab and maintain the readers attention from early on. I found myself becoming attached to the characters and sitting on the edge of my seat in many instances. Elora is a wonderful Heroine to this story. She is able to be in the heart of every reader. The only reason it was a 4.5 was for the recapping. I thought there was a little too much recapping in this book. These are a series. I understand some do not read them in order. BUT that being said in my opinion, if youre lost go back and read them in order. Do not expect to be able to catch up in recaps. That little detail aside, I think this was a wonderful story and plan to read more by Ms. Kershaw in the future and would highly recommend others do the same.
Elora gets a chance to explore her life beyond her friends and family in a new posting in Fated. Her new commander, Marcus, asks her to share the events in Africa (at the end of Reflected). This scene was interesting to write for me, to explore the sensations of being trapped in the power that consumed Elora at the end of the previous book. It was also exciting to explore the link between Elora and Zak. Enjoy!
The light. The power. It burns.
Save me! Save her! Siva? Mom?
The arms. The arms that saved me. My eyes scoured the ground for him, for his body. Tendrils of fear squeezed my already exhausted heart and the threatened tears now fell furiously.
Then I realised where he must be.
I ran forward to the edge of the pit where the circle had been formed.
“Zak!” It was more a gasp than a word.
Lying at the bottom in a crumpled heap of blood and cloth was Zak.
“On the Spirits, no!” I couldn’t feel him within me. I pushed aside each person, forced out each voice, searched desperately for his mind.
There was nothing.
“NO!” I gasped as I tore myself from my own thoughts. Marcus rocked away from me, clearly shaken by everything he had seen. It had been mere seconds, such a lot to process in such a short space of time. Zak. All I wanted right here and right now was him. The need was core deep and binding. I leapt to my feet and stumbled as the blood pounded into my over-exhausted skull. Frantic, I looked around, needing to see Zak. Needing to be sure he was safe.
Author Favorite Things:
- TV show
- TV show
Without a doubt, my favorite TV show of all time would have to be The X Files—and yes, I am supremely excited about the reboot! I watch far too much television, and so have several favorite shows right now. Top five would be Suits, Hawaii Five-0, Bones, Pretty Little Liars and Blue Bloods. There are soooo many more I could add to that list though. If you asked me in another two weeks, it might change again.
- Comic book character
Confession? I don’t have a favorite comic book character. I haven’t watched any of the Marvel films and have only seen the old Superman and Spiderman films. My husband and children have seen them all and love them, I just don’t get the time to watch them!
I am so rubbish! Asking questions like this is like asking me to choose which child is my favorite! I guess, when I was a child my choice would have been The Labyrinth (with David Bowie). I still know every word of the script and every lyric of every song, and we watch it as a family. When I was a teenager, Philadelphia (with Tom Hanks and Antonio Banderas) was my favorite film. Since then, I have gone through phases of being addicted to Twilight, Hunger Games, Divergent and more. I cannot possibly pick one favorite. However, want a kids film recommendation and I will usually say Lilo and Stitch—I love Stitch!
There is just no way to answer this question! I read so many books, and love almost all of them. As a child, I remember being chilled to the bone by Robert Cormier’s After The First Death, which you must read if you haven’t. It was visceral, real, painful and uncomfortable—I know that doesn't sound like a must-read, but it really is. Right now, if someone asked me for a YA recommendation that is different to the usual love triangle with a supernatural twist (and yes, I know my book fits in that category, but I love reading them!), I would say Alex Scarrow’s Timeriders series. Historically themed, with relevant issues, and lots of humor and action., it’s a must-read series.
- Candy bar
Another of my vices is chocolate and sweets. I don’t drink alcohol or caffeine and I’m a vegetarian, so sweets are my go-to treat. Apologies for American readers, these will all be British chocolates, so if you haven’t heard of them, I’m sorry. Toffee crisps are great when I want something a bit lighter, mint or orange flavored chocolates of any form will literally bend me to your will, and I love chocolates with caramel centers.
- Junk food
Pizza. A simple margarita or a vegetable-based recipe. (That one was easy!)
- Place you visited
I have never traveled abroad and, to be honest, not extensively within the UK either. My family and I holiday in Devon, in the South West of England, and we love it there. In terms of particular places to visit, we regularly visit The Deep, which is a submarium in Hull. They have hundreds of fish and unusual sea creatures, and we usually go three or four times a year.
Friends of ours own an American-themed diner in Morley, called Luppy’s Diner, which we love to visit with the children. We don’t eat out very often because it’s so expensive with the children, and even more so without (because babysitters are hard to come by!). I don’t massively enjoy cooking either, but there are some days where I have really looked forward to something in particular and when I finally get to sit down and eat it, it’s great!
Guess I’ll have to say Hawaii, even though I have never been there and can’t see ever being able to afford to. But that is where Hawaii Five-0 and Lilo and Stitch are set, so that’s my choice.
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