Something to Crow About!
Score to Weil!
When I read White Raven by JL Weil last year, I immediately needed Book 2 – only to find out no such book existed. I mean, how could this be? Clearly the author would want me to have all the books simultaneously so that my needs were fulfilled. It’s all about me, right?
I have been nagging poor Jen Weil for this book. I was bordering on stalker because I wanted to find out what happened to Piper and Zane. (I mean, really I wanted more of the Hunter boys… who am I kidding?)
But I loved Piper too. She’s relatable and real and she doesn’t spend her whole time inner-monologing belligerence.
So what happens? Well, honestly, not a lot for a while. Piper is trying to figure out her place in this new society and in her own life. She’s also working her way through her feelings with Zane. However, if we’re being honest, there isn’t much resolution in this book initially.
The big change is that there are some shifts in main characters. Do they die? Do they move? Do they start a new fishing company? I can’t tell you that. But I can tell you that it causes unexpected pain, and complicates the storyline considerably.
I will say that a secondary character takes a more pronounced role “in person” and changes the dynamic of the Raven Hollow folks.
Also… and I’ll warn you first…
Someone will die.
That really shocked me. Though someone died in White Raven, I think that was expected throughout the story. This is different. I doubt you’ll see it coming and you’ll be tempted to throw a book – you may even cry.
I understand the reasoning based on the storyline, but let me tell you, it doesn’t make the loss any easier to take.
I’m hopeful the sorrow is softened later somehow. (You hear me, Jen?)
I will say that we see less of the fun Hunter tribe in this book and their overall antics – or at least it feels like it – and I missed them. The twins, in particular, brought a lightness to the first story and I missed that in this one. But maybe the point was to feel the tension, and if that’s the plan, mission accomplished.
So what did I think?
I really enjoyed it. I finished it in 2 days because I was traveling for work, but still stayed up until 3am to finish because I wanted to see if Piper and Zane finally admit their feelings and jump in.
The story does end somewhat abruptly so be prepared to feel like you need the next book NOW, which, you know, isn’t written yet.
But it’s a great truly interesting and unique plot and I truly look forward to where this is going!
Meg, AKA the Queen Bee (QB) founded LitBuzz in 2015 as a way for her favorite authors to more-readily provide books to a legitimized reviewer. At the time, she never thought it would grow to include a dozen people, hundreds of authors and thousands of reviews.
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