The author sent me this book and I immediately started reading it – and finished it in less than two days. Admittedly, I’m a big fan of hers, especially her young adult writing. She does such an amazing job of capturing the spirit of what YA is and should be.
The problem I had before I even opened this book is that it’s a “Book 2″. I generally try to avoid too many series because of the curse of book 2. How much I dislike book 2 is exactly disproportionate to how much I love book 1. So, I did start this one with a lot of trepidation. But we jumped right in where we left off with the same near-perfection of writing and a whole lot of action and fun.
The characters have grown (up) a little and the writing got a little more mature because of it. It didn’t stop my 10 and 12 year old from staying up late reading though. Both loved it. Really, that’s the true test for me. If I can find a YA book that I enjoy as much as my kids, it’s a win all around. My entire family is a bunch of book nerds and the ability to discuss a book with them that I really enjoyed myself (and didn’t fake my way through)… priceless.
This series is a gift to my family (shout out to her younger book that my kids also enjoyed, Celia and the Fairies). We only find a few each year that make for great discussions. This was one of them.
My daughter, who isn’t very patient, is already talking about book 3. Naughty author left us with a little cliff hanger of “what happened” and “what happens next”. My kids have already started coming up with ideas of what THEY would write about next.
Very few books are able to pull me in and keep me in, this one is well worth five stars.
Recommended for young adults or those of us still young at heart. Absolutely amazingly well done.
Prepare to be taken away by Wanderlust, the second book of the Edgewood series by bestselling author Karen McQuestion.
Mallory, Russ, Jameson, and Nadia are just trying to blend in as normal teens while secretly learning to use their newfound superpowers. Everything changes when they’re invited to travel to Peru under the supervision and protection of the Praetorian Guard, an organization claiming to have their best interests at heart. Seeing the trip as a challenge, the teens agree to go and help search for David Hofstetter, a man from their hometown who’s been presumed dead for sixteen years.
Meanwhile, the threat of the rival organization, the Associates, is always present. When knowing who to trust becomes more difficult, the four discover they can only count on each other. And when Nadia and Russ are thrown together in a fight for their lives, they realize their relationship might be headed for more than just friendship.