Friday, December 6, 2013

Book review: Rebel Heart

Rebel Heart by Moira Young

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews. Add me on Goodreads! Because this book is a sequel, it will naturally contain some spoilers for the first book (reviewed here!). Reader beware!

Saba thought her world would return to normal after they defeated the Tonton and rescued her kidnapped brother Lugh. The family head west for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But a formidable enemy is on the rise. What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants?

I loooved Blood Red Road, the first book in this series. I loved it in a can't stop listening, play it even when I only have two minutes kind of way. But I didn't quite love Dust Lands that much.

Rebel Heart, the second installment of the Dust Land series, takes us back to the awesome world Saba, Lugh, Emmy and Jack. But, like many second books in a trilogy, it seemed to mostly be an in-between book, a book just to get the characters where they need to be.

One thing I really appreciated was that the beginning of the book does not shy away from the damage done to the heroes from the events in the first book. You can tell that all they've gone through has taken a toll -- something I think many authors shy away from. Although Lugh turns out to be kind of a jerk and I wondered why she worked so hard to rescue him in the first place.

Saba starts making a lot of kind of sucky decisions and goes into a bit of a self destruction spiral that was frustrating to read.

But still, you get to return to this place. You get to spend more time with the characters, who I fell in love with in the first book -- and meet a few new, really great characters. So that part is still good.

All in all, it wasn't great, but I love the world and the characters enough to eagerly anticipate the final installment of the trilogy.

Have any of you read this series? What did you think?

1 comment:

Shauna said...

Abbey!!!!!!!! Hi!!!!


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