Avenge: The Patronus Book 2By Sarah Ross
Awaken, the first book in the Patronus series, hooked me from the beginning and Sarah Ross did a fantastic job of hooking me yet again in Avenge. In this installment, we are rejoined with the Patronus crew we came to love in Avenge. The Patronus are a group of immortals whose sole purpose is to guard souls and spirits as they pass from one life to the next. They must keep these souls safe from vampires and werewolves during the transition in order to both save the soul and to keep the vampires and werewolves from growing in numbers and strength.
In the aftermath of the tragedy that resulted in Lucy losing the soul of a loved one, she has an agenda. She must be stronger, smarter and more determined than ever to battle the dark forces determined to keep the soul from the Patronus. I loved the new side of Lucy. She was so real in her desperation. Embarking on new powers, strengths and unity with the group, Lucy seems to come into her own despite the many obstacles in her way. She suffers through pain, loss and the feeling of absolute helplessness. But through these obstacles, she grows. This growth was very imperative to the overall feel of this story, as well as the evolution of her relationship with Max (swoon!!) and the group as a whole.
Even though this is a fast-paced paranormal, jam packed with action, there is still the whole Lucy and Max element. Oh the sweet romance! Their relationship develops in such a way that we finally get more than the little tease of romance that Ms. Ross dangled in front of our faces in Awaken. I adore them as a couple, and their ability to balance each other. And then, of course, we hit a little bit of a road block! Lucy's world is turned upside down again and she has more on her plate than ever before. The battle is full blown now, and she wants to be at the forefront fighting for everything and everyone she loves.
I love Sarah's writing style. It seems to flow effortlessly and her descriptions of emotions make you relate so closely to the characters she has created. Her words wrap around you and hold on for dear life until you reach the very last sentence. Bravo on another brilliant installment in the Patronus series!!
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