Authors: Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Series: Heart of Dread
Previous Book(s) Review(s):
Date Started: February 20
Date Finished: February 20
Format: Hardcover from my local library
It’s been a few months since Nat and Wes parted ways at the Blue. Wes went to look for his sister Eliza, but that hasn’t turned out the way he hoped. Wes and Shakes are the only remaining members of the team. Brendan, Rourke, and Liannan have gone missing and both Wes and Shakes aren’t too optimistic that they are still alive. Nat has been keeping the gateways to the Blue clear from the RSA, but in a recent battle, her drakon is injured by an iron bomb and must go to ground to heal. Feeling like she’s lost a part of herself, she still continues her training with Faiz but something strange is happening.
The ether – the magic that is in the Blue – is failing. There is a spell that has been cast to move the Blue back into the real world, but something in our world is blocking the spell. The only hope that the Blue has to complete the transition is a book locked in a tower, but the key has been lost. Nat and Faiz are about to depart to look for the key when Liannan tries to make contact with Nat to help her. While on the rescue attempt Wes and Nat cross paths again and they realize that their missions just might lead them to the same location. But there are things in their way, mysteries still to be unlocked and the answers aren’t what either of them expects and could change their lives forever.
It’s usually a pattern for me that the second book of a series isn’t always as good as the first. But as of late, that seems to not be true. Stolen is better than Frozen, it’s more dramatic. There’s more intrigue and there’s more romantic moments between Wes and Nat. There still isn’t a love triangle – although it did get close with the addition of Faiz, but he is just a friend to Nat. The tale that de la Cruz and Johnston weaves is so beautiful that I didn’t want this book to the end. I also didn’t want it to end the way it did! I had heart palpitations because of the ending. I mean you can’t just leave characters’ lives in the balance like that, right? Oh, wait, they’re authors, of course they’re going to leave lives in the balance, who am I trying to kid? *sigh* When is book 3 coming out?!
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was how weak that Nat was. She kind of falls apart when her drakon gets injured and she doesn’t think that she’s powerful without it. Hate to break it to you, sweetheart, but you are strong. Look at what happened in Frozen when you weren’t with your drakon! Jeez.
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