Friday, March 29, 2013

Luminaire (Florence Waverley #2) - Review

Luminaire (Florence Waverley, #2)Luminaire by Ciye Cho
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published November 28th 2012

Being the only human in a world of merfolk... isn't easy. Florence Waverley chose to stay in Niemela, but things have gone awry. Secrets have risen and the prince she cares about has pulled away. All the while, dark dreams warn her of a tragedy that only she can stop. But in order to save the merman she loves, Florence will have to enter the Life Path tournament: a brutal test of fear and madness.

The tournament is a rite of passage--a maze where young mermaids and mermen battle to find their purpose. It is also a place where Florence will face grave danger: mermaids with evil magic, tunnels filled with sea fire, and guardians who wish to use her as a pawn in their secret plans. But will Florence be strong enough to survive the tournament... or will she perish inside it?

Everything hangs in the balance: her life, her world, and her love.

It was kind of like Divergent meets The Hunger Games, with a little bit of Goddess Interrupted.
(Totally random note I'm Aquarius, but hate being around water.)

I must confess as much as I really liked Florence the first book in the series, I wasn't too crazy about it.
Not crazy meaning I didn't even remember to add it to my top ten list.

When I received the review request for this I found myself very excited to be returning to that world.
And now I'm also looking forward to going back for the third.
And how we need that third.

It's such a fun and suspenseful journey that Florence goes on. And you thought everything she went through last time was something.
Fighting giant sea snakes and an evil prince are nothing.
This time around she's fighting giant sea snakes and a standoffish prince. Which really is a lot more difficult than an evil one.

Florence, choosing to stay in Niemela, is now trying to find her place there and find where she truly belongs.
She's just a girl trying to find a place in the world (aren't we all?).

Along the way she does encounter far scarier creatures, new friends and new enemies.

This was nonstop, especially once the tournament starts. I don't think there was a moment to breath from the sea creatures to evil mermaids all the way to those characters you know you wouldn't mind if they burst into bubbles (although you do know you would be a little sad).

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