Monday, January 5, 2015

Review: The Perilous Sea

Title:  The Perilous Sea
Series:  The Elemental Trilogy #2
Author:  Sherry Thomas (Website | Twitter)
Age Group:  Young Adult
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
Publication Date:  September 16, 2014
Source:  Bought
After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.
Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother's prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.
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My Review:  After reading and completely falling in love with the first book in the series, I'll admit, I was a little nervous to pick up this one.  I hyped it up so much in my head that I was worried it would disappoint me.  While this wasn't as good as the first one was to me, I still enjoyed it a lot!

One of the things that I didn't like as much in this novel was the alternating time periods.  It wasn't that much of a difference - one time period was only a few weeks after the other.  But it still bothering me a bit.  It took me out of the story.  I just wanted to focus on one plot line an it felt like two separate ones.  Toward the end of the book, I was getting used to it and to minding as much.  

As always, I loved the characters in this book!  We got to see and learn more about them, particularly some side characters which I really enjoyed.  I loved seeing how they all connected and were being brought together.  It was just so satisfying figuring out what was happening and trying to guess what would happen next.  I was a bit unhappy with the rather unnecessary issues that cropped up between Iolanthe and Titus but they were resolved semi-quickly and they did add to the twists throughout the book.  

Speaking of twists...

I use that gif in the best possible way.  Holy smokes, there were twists left and right in this book and I couldn't get enough of them!  The moment I thought I new what was about to happen, Sherry Thomas threw a curve ball and I was left speechless.  I just loved it!  It made the plot so much more exciting and interesting.  

The Perilous Sea had its problems but I still loved reading it!  With the ending we are left with, I'm just dying to get my hands on the third book of this series!  I couldn't be more excited to see what happens next with Titus and Iolanthe.

“He put his hand over hers. "Am I a coward?"
"Because you are afraid?No. Only fools are never afraid.” 

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  1. I have this series on my list to start this year. Too bad this one wasn't as good as the first but at least you enjoyed it. Great review, Ashtyn!

    1. I would definitely recommend it! Hopefully you get a chance to pick it up soon; I'm curious to see how you would feel about it!


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