- Series: Annum Guard (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 343 pages
- Publisher: Skyscape (January 13, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477827129
- ISBN-13: 978-1477827123
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,554,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Meredith McCardle attended the University of Florida and received bachelor’s degrees in both magazine journalism and theater. She is also a graduate of the Boston University School of Law. She spent seven years working as a commercial litigator by day and writing at night before committing to writing full-time. She lives with her family in South Florida.
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Time travel is always a difficult thing to write about, and it's a genre that requires a delicate, skilled hand. Ms. McCardle does an amazing job at ensnaring the reader immediately, and if you forgot anything from the previous book, you'll remember it quickly. Time travel and the way it works with the Annum Guard is explained again in a way that doesn't feel repetitive from the first novel, and the writing is flawless. The pacing was fantastic, and you will fly through the pages wanting to know what will happen next. There is plenty of action, adventure, and yes...some romance. This was the one main thing I was afraid of since Abe (code name New Blue) is now part of the Annum Guard, however Ms. McCardle created a very nice balance. The romance between Amanda (code name Iris) and Abe never once overshadowed the story. But just fair warning, the romance might not be what fans are expecting.
Another highlight were all of the settings. Even though we didn't get to experience the times that were traveled to very much (trust me there were much more important things going on, so it's no biggie), there is still so much detail and description that you feel as if you are truly there with Amanda on another exciting journey. The plot was brilliant and will definitely leave you guessing until the very end. Ms. McCardle has set up events that will make for an extremely interesting third book, and I honestly have no clue where the story is going to go from here. This second book does an excellent job at moving the story forward, and never once feels like "just the next book, just another adventure."
Where this novel truly shines is the characters. The character development was utterly fantastic, and you can see how each character has changed since the events of the first novel. Obviously the dynamic of the team is forced to change, and with the introduction of new members to the Annum Guard, everyone is on edge with not knowing who to trust. Amanda is such a strong lead, and I adore her sarcastic, witty commentary. She had me cracking up so many times throughout the story. She is brave, strong, and will go to any length to find the truth, and those traits are clearly on display in this novel. I am extremely interested to see how Amanda handles the little problem (and by little I mean gigantic) that occurs at the end of this book.
Which leads me to the end...it is the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers! Everything is changed, and who knows where we will go from here. It's a mystery that no one is ready for. And that's all I'm going to say ;)
Overall, this was an outstanding addition to the Annum Guard series, with the perfect mix of action, adventure, and humor. If you haven't started this series yet, you are missing out! And if you're already a fan? Go pick this book up now! You won't be disappointed. Now, I'll just be the patiently waiting for the third book, which can't come soon enough!
Happy reading :)
Well, she's done it again. This book picks up exactly where the first one leaves us and doesn't let up for one moment….none of this disappointing lag, or loss of momentum second book let down sort of stuff. She keeps the tempo top notch.
The writing is clever as well as informative…with some very interesting flipping in the re-telling of some monumental events in history….this is time travel at it's best. Very well thought out. The characters are well written and I simply adore the gutsy yet vulnerable lead character. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a good paced, action, intrigue, young adult protagonist with a bit of smarts thrown in for good measure kind of story.
As to the language issue another review mentioned, I think YA lit with no cursing feels disingenuous. 16, 17, 18 year old kids curse. A lot. And while that alone is not a great reason to use profanity in a novel, McCardle uses the profanity to create a specific mood or to create an authenticity that the dialogue would lack without it. And it's hardly even worth mentioning, in my opinion. I use this book in my classroom and haven't heard a single complaint about it.
The only issue with this book is that the ending is so compelling and leaves me wanting to immediately read the third book, but it's not been published yet!