4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2nd book! (Amazon.com)
So, it’s that dreaded middle child in a trilogy book. Was it terrible? Did it feel like a bridging book to get you from the awesome start in Book 1 to the fantastic end in Book 3? No it did not! In fact, I was REALLY excited at how good this book was, since I usually rack up the Book 2′s to the `Jan Brady pile of neediness’. Not this time honey! Heart Search: Found by Carlie M.A. Cullen is just as great as the first book! Not once did I find myself checking the time or finding an excuse to do housework rather than read. Cullen has done what so few can – she’s delivered a second book that is just as interesting as it’s siblings on either side of it.
We start Heart Search: Found right where we left off in Book 1 (Heart Search: Lost), so if you haven’t read that one, then I’ll give you a moment while you head on over to Amazon and pick it up. Thanks to this continuation of story, there is no drag at the start and we are eagerly anticipating what is unfolding. The reader finds themselves involved in the story and each page is turned in rapid anticipation of what is to come next.
You know how I was a little hesitant about the two stories within one book last time round? Well not this time! Each chapter ends on a cliffhanger and then flips to the alternate story line – just LOVE it! I just found I was devouring pages to find out how each story line was moving along. There was no sense of `when are they ever going to hook up’ like there was in the first book and for this I am eternally grateful.
Now, for the vampires.
I know there has been a rise in human-friendly vampires of late. Cullen’s vampires do not fall into this category. And yet they do. Just a bit. While they feel no shame or remorse with taking human lives each time they drain one and dispose of them; in Book 2, we are finding a little of the internal battle so common in YA vampires. You see Joshua gets reminded of his past in several different ways thanks to the introduction of someone from his human existence. And this opens up a whole big can of worms. I was completely loving this turn of events.
At times there were places where this novel felt a little over explained. And there was one section (where a decision was being made) that dragged a little, but these things were easily forgotten with the overall fast pace of this novel. So if you want your vampires smouldering hot, yet old-school – then this is the book for you!
Overall, I am giving Heart Search: Found 4.5 out of 5 stars. I can’t WAIT for the next book in this series!