The Compulsive Reader: Supernatural July: Sequel Saturday

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Supernatural July: Sequel Saturday

There are a few great, great books that I featured last year during Books That Suck Month that had sequels released this past year.

, a vampire and boarding school tale was quite popular last year, and its sequel Stargazer was released not too long ago.

"The vampire in me was closer to the surface . . .

Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the most beautiful, dangerous students of all—vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny is to become one of them.

But Bianca fell in love with Lucas—a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her kind. They were torn apart when his true identity was revealed, forcing him to flee the school.

Although they may be separated, Bianca and Lucas will not give each other up. She will risk anything for the chance to see him again, even if it means coming face-to-face with the vampire hunters of Black Cross—or deceiving the powerful vampires of Evernight. Bianca's secrets will force her to live a life of lies.

Yet Bianca isn't the only one keeping secrets. When Evernight is attacked by an evil force that seems to target her, she discovers the truth she thought she knew is only the beginning. . . "

Another great sequel that was released this spring was The Awakening, the awesome and riveting sequel to The Summoning.

In the sequel to The Summoning, Chloe Saunders finds herself betrayed, and back in the hands of the Edison Group. There she discovers the truth: she's part of an experiment, her genes modified in an attempt to suppress her supernatural powers. But when she manages to get away—with the help of an unlikely ally—and join Simon and Derek again, she finds that the Edison Group is relentless and ruthless, and keeping away from them will be harder than they originally thought. In the meantime, Chloe learns that controlling her powers is a lot harder than she imagined, and there’s too much she doesn’t know…

The Awakening is even more riveting and full of nonstop action than its prequel. Armstrong offers an unflinching and oftentimes grim look at what life on the streets is like for teens, with the added appeal of a perfectly sinister and powerful enemy and the suspense of unknown supernatural powers. Armstrong’s teen characters are smart and resourceful, and each obstacle thrown their way requires them to use every bit of caution, wits, and intelligence they possess. Armstrong focuses a little more on the technical aspects of the teens' powers and abilities as Derek and Chloe especially explore their capabilities and restraints. Their difficulties and the tension that they face help them grow as characters and make them more appealing characters to the reader. This dark, gripping, and highly suspenseful read will have readers chomping at the bit for a sequel.

Cover Comments: This cover is very similar to The Summoning's. I like how they kept the same style--I think it's very appealing--but I don't like how very similar they are. It's easy to get the two confused. Nonetheless, it's a very pretty and enticing cover.


Kristen said...

I've got Stargazer at home - must read this week! I still haven't read Armstrong's series, but I want to! :)

Jess (The Cozy Reader) said...

I've read Stargazer. Was way cool and I'm looking forward to the next book, Hourglass.

I'm actually reading The Awakening right now! :) Started it yesterday on my Kindle.