Evanescent (The Broken Series Book 2)
Her fall has just begun. Only his touch can save her from the shift that could destroy it all. Within my blood runs a thing our kind calls the Shadowing Disease. It shadows over and bends everything to its will. When the first blood- shift came, it tore through flesh and blood, threatening to bend me, break a bone, shatter my mind and entrap my heart with its honeyed, seductive poison. It came with vicious intent, moving my thoughts and altering me forever. The shift has caused a rift within me. No one was safe when it entrapped me in its claws of foul lust. But I have the only antidote against the evil that becomes me – his touch alone has the power to release the spurs of sweet darkness that clung on for dear life. I knew what I had to do; the desperation pulled my mind with the deep determination of a hungry predator. By the time the revelation raised me from the dark dungeon of my bounds – it might have been too late.
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2014
ARC received from the author.
This won’t be my usual lengthy review, but it doesn’t have to be one in order to convey how I’ve felt about this series so far. Sometimes, less is more.
I adored The Broken Destiny, which is book one in the Broken Series, but I do believe that Evanescent surpassed it. The author has grown in leaps and bounds, not that it really surprised me. Her debut novel alone was beyond what I’d expected. With Evanescent, though, I’d find myself on numerous occasions re-reading the same passage over and over; it’s how beautifully descriptive they were. The action in Evanescent was upped ten-fold and was such that whilst reading, it played in my head like a movie. I’d give anything to see this series on the big screen, it’s that good for me.
I’ve read a handful of sci-fi/dystopian novels in my lifetime―probably sad but nevertheless true―and Ms. Labuschagne is by far occupying the top position where I’m concerned. I live for the moments when I’m reading and a story makes me react physically to what’s taking place. Whether it’s anger, excitement, laughter, or tears, makes no difference. Any emotion a book can evoke within me is a book I’ll remember forever. These are such books.
This installment continues with not only Ava, Troy, Enoch and every other character we came to know and love―and I do love them all, even the evil―but it’s deeply rooted within the psyche of one particular character. I can’t really say much as I’d be giving not only the concept but the story away, and that would be unfair. An added bonus is reading from Troy’s and Maya’s POV, which gives us that much more insight into who they really are.
Evanescent is fast-paced, riddled with suspense, has fabulous action scenes, tender and swoon-worthy moments and by the end, you are left wanting more. Good thing there will be a third on the way, and I for one simply cannot wait.
This is Ms. Labuschagne’s second full-length novel, and as far as I’m concerned she’s headed for good things. Some people were born to write. It’s written in their stars. To say I loved or adored Evanescent would be putting it mildly, but I did, and yet it was so much more.