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I give it 4.5 fangs.
The Beam: Book Two of the Chrysalis Series by Michel Prince. I would highly suggest reading book one before this on. I would suggest this book for young adults and adults.
Ellie and Oscar are the main characters and are soul mates or love of each other’s lives. Oscar is now in college and Ellie is fast tracking to graduate from High School a year early. Ellie’s family is cursed by a demon. And Ellie has to break the curse. With the help of Katie and Max, who are actually angels, they try to stop the darkness that falls over Ellie’s family.
In this story we see Ellie having more issues with believing in herself and willing to trust those she loves. In the end she will have to fight the demon “Gaap”, but is she strong enough.
Without giving away any spoilers, if you like young romance thrown in with demons, then you will like this book.
It is important to read the first book to fully understand what is going on in this book--the story is very much a continuation.
The characters continue to grow in this volume and there is even more action. I didn't find the connection with the characters, though, as much as I did in the first book--maybe because there were times when I felt that Ellie was too easily swayed by the doubts she had worked on in Chrysalis. After a year of being together, it seemed like she was still not trusting Oscar enough. That bothered me because he bent over backwards to be there for her.
Even with that, I'm glad I read the second book to see what finally happened with Ellie's parents and have that part of the story wrapped up.
The book continues on in the same vain as the first book, with one twist, it keeps jumping between time: It starts in September 2010, then jumps to June 2010, then back to September, then flashed to the time of Lilith, back to September and then to August; this all within the first 20% of the book. I enjoyed this book more than the first book, but still felt that it included things that distracted from the story. I still loved the romance between Ellie and Oscar. I was even happier to see the interaction between Ellie, Oscar and Oscar’s father. The scenes with the three of them are my favorite in the book. The scenes with Max, Kelly, Oscar and Ellie are also enjoyable.
What most pleased me in this work was the development of Ellie as a stronger character. Now I do not believe she has become a strong person, just stronger than she was. The way the author uses the love between her and Oscar to see the development of that strength was wonderful. The way the author wrote the final chapter of the book, with the twist was clever and showed me her abilities as an author that I did not see in much of the book. The way this book ended leads me to believe there will be another installment in this series. I must add that I am not sure what the title has to do with the book.
-Reviewed by Selina