I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Liberty Bound by Faith McKay
Series: Lacuna Valley #2
on March 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Source: the author
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All Sam ever wanted was to be free of her mother. With a happy home and Nick at her side, life should be great. But life has never been that simple. With the werewolves angry, the deal with the seasonals broken, and her mother on the run with the orb, Sam is more lost than ever. This would be a great time to make use of her prophetic dreams, if she could only figure out how to navigate them.
While Sam seems powerless, her little sister is not, and everyone wants to take advantage of her wish-granting abilities. It's all Sam can do to keep them at bay. At nine years old with powers that could save—or end—the world and a mother who left her for dead, Violet's had more than her share of awful. Sam's not about to let anything else happen to her sister. But Violet is starting to realize that with all her power, maybe she doesn't need Sam's help at all.
I was so excited when I saw that Liberty Bound was being released! Prophecy Girl had such a unique plot, it had lingered with me for over a year. I immediately contacted Faith to see if she would be having a tour, because I just simply had to be a part of it. And so, I set off for the second party of the Lacuna Valley trilogy.
The first half of the book focused mostly on reintroducing us to the characters. It wasn’t the fastest pace, and I found myself missing some of the characters from Prophecy Girl. I never would have thought I would say this, but I found myself missing Sam’s abusive mother. She is the kind of villain that I absolutely despise (in a good way), and her absence left a hole in the story. It was more like she was the shadow of a threat. I also missed the Seasonals. They’re still a part of the story, but their roles were less important. Violet, Sam’s little sister, has changed so much since the beginning, and while she is a significant part of the story, I miss the relationship that the sisters used to have.
Despite the characters that I miss, there are still so many to love! Sam is trying her best to understand her dreams, while Nick is struggling with his authority over the wolves. We get to know a lot more about Adam, and Sam’s new surrogate parents. They filled out the whole cast perfectly.
While the pace started off slow, the plot is complex and wins major points for originality! The dialogue is what completely hooked me. There is plenty of it, and it’s believable and witty. It’s what makes the characters so individual and distinct. The second half of the book took off at a gallop, leaving me breathless and excited. CLIFFHANGER WHA?!?! I can’t believe she left things like that!! Unforgivable! (Not really. I forgive you. Please keep writing.) The sequel is going to be AHH-mazing!
Sequel to Prophecy Girl
Ever since Samantha Winthrop’s mother moved them to Lacuna Valley, supposedly in search of better weather, the list of strange questions she has no answers for has been growing out of control.
Does her little sister, Violet, have the ability to make things happen just by “praying” for them? Are Sam’s dreams really predicting the future? Is she destined to marry the boy she just met, and what is the mysterious orb that he’s guarding? Why does she get the impression that there are dangerous creatures watching from the woods?
While Sam should be focusing on answering those questions, there is one other that makes them seem almost irrelevant: Is her mother planning on killing her and Violet?
EXCERPT (from Prophecy Girl)
She scanned the hallway again, and there he was. Her breath caught in her throat. Down at the other end of the hallway, half hidden behind a pillar, he nodded and half waved to her. His hair was its usual spiky mess, he wore his favorite plain black wayfarer sunglasses and obligatory black t-shirt, and yet he looked very different somehow. Distant. He felt like someone she’d known years ago; he felt like someone she had always known; he felt like someone who was tied to her straight through the earth, even if he were all the way on the other side. She wasn’t surprised to see him, he was always going to be there. She wasn’t sure why she was so sure of that, but she was, and it gave her both peace and heartache at the same time. She raised her hand and didn’t exactly wave, but moved it slightly to acknowledge his presence at the other end of that string that tied them together. Head down, she walked away and tried not to think about how much that string had cost her.
Faith McKay writes quirky paranormal stories with guts. She is the author of PROPHECY GIRL and its new sequel, LIBERTY BOUND, a story where characters struggle with the idea of having a destiny. In comparison, she feels really lucky that her destiny was to struggle with comma placement and be that awkward lady who points out puns at parties.
Other things to know about Faith… She wears two different colored shoes. She is a survivor of child abuse. She has lived with chronic illness for over a decade. A lot of people don’t like her because she laughs too much. It’s also the reason a lot of other people do like her, so go figure. She listens to more music than people are probably supposed to. She’s a nomad. The word sounds really cool, so a lot of people say it, but she actually lives in an RV with her husband, Robert.
If you’d like to know more about the Lacuna Valley series or Faith McKay, visit her website at FaithMcKay.net. You can also follow her on facebook and twitter.
15 winners will receive an ecopy of both Prophecy Girl and Liberty Bound!