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- Print Length: 296 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0986298166
- Publisher: Sun's Golden Ray Publishing, LLC (July 12, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 12, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EP8KJWG
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,922 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Actual review (5 hrs after finishing bc work & feelings are not conducive for concise thoughts)
The Chasm is the sequel to The Island and opens up about 4 months after Theo and Gal were rescued and had to forcibly go their seperate ways. Galian has found himself on the nightmare of all nightmares Resident's shifts. Which honestly he shouldve seen coming. Resident at Hospital = worst shifts possible. You aint getting special treatment when you the lowest of the DR totem pole even if you're the 3rd son of the king. He also is severely missing Theo and is struggling to find his courage to do what he promised her. Theo on the other hand finds herself hte newest poster child of President Bayard & is trying to figureo ut how she can use this to her advantage and end the war.
The Chasm is a great follow-up to The Island and a great addition is the amazing cast of Characters we get to meet this time around. we get more indepth with Galian's personal guards Martin & Kader as well as his older brother Prince Rhys (who is not as silly & carefree as V.E. Schwab's Prince Rhys. Nor is he in love with a Pirate. excuse me Privateer.... atleast not that i'm aware of.) And then on Theo's side we get a few more appearneces from her old friend Lanis as well as it's own host of quite colorful characters including the previous Golden Boy Cannon who i want to fire out of a cannon.
It ends with another semi-cliffhanger that makes you desperately want the next book even though you have to wait over half a year for it...pouts in corner.
The plot is so much more exciting then the last book with twists and turns around every bend and I loved every minute of it.
Definitely loved book 2 and cant wait for book 3.
The beginning of the book carried some moping from both characters, but that was quickly rectified. Galian and Theo are finally experiencing life without each other and it’s hard to draw strength without their counterparts. Galian constantly thinks of his promise to meet Theo again, while Theo is trying to stir up media attention to spread awareness about the unsavory conditions at a concentration camp, Mael. Both Theo and Galian are struggling in what it looks like is a losing battle against the machinations of the politics around them.
“I traced the distance between him and me. On this map, it was only finger-lengths. In reality, there was so much more standing between us.”
But Theo manages to come through triumphant in her media publicity, while Galian starts getting involved with the management of his country as well (albeit discreetly). I appreciated how these characters, while hesitant at first, were also eager to get involved with creating peace against these warring countries. When they finally get to meet each other again, they draw up strength to continue doing what they think is right.
Theo starts discovering that the lies and secrets of her country’s president, Bayard, goes against what she believes in. And although she’s still fiercely patriotic for her country, she also can’t stand to witness more young children (and getting younger) getting enscripted in the army. Instead of taking a placid stance, she goes out and gets help from Galian’s side of the sea with whatever way she can. Help actually comes from a surprising place! While Galian’s father, the king of Kylae, refers to the Ravens as not even human, his mother and elder brother are much more sympathetic and are taking steps towards peace between the two countries.
Political maneuvering ensues, from entertaining guests for the sake of learning their secrets to getting tested on where loyalties lie. Like I said, there is never a dull moment as the characters consider all the complicated implications that go towards successfully running a country and creating peace and justice while still maintaining its economy and revenue. I think the author did a great job in exploring all these elements and having the characters go through these obstacles from getting the peace they are looking for.
“‘Maybe you didn’t survive Mael because you fell in love with me,’ I said, taking her cheek in my hand and brushing away the tears. ‘Maybe you survived Mael because it’s your purpose to tell others about it. Falling in love with me just put you on a path to be able to speak the truth. And now you can. Now you can tell the whole world about it.’”
Although the book is labeled a “fantasy,” it carries many modern elements such as planes, colloquial language, and radios. The setting is completely made up though, from the countries to the sea. It’s also interesting to note that the technology isn’t exactly caught up to the twenty-first century: there are not smart phones or the like to send messages. I think a radio and the news was the usual method of getting the word out.
THE CHASM is definitely a part of an underrated series that deserves more attention! The plot is full of fun and twists as the characters try to navigate through the political machinations of others around them and fight for the peace they want. There is also a smokin’ hot romance (and tantalizing scenes) where the characters draw strength from each other that is seriously goals. It also covers a bit of a forbidden love aspect considering the characters are from opposing sides of a war. Either way, all of these elements are making me look forward to the final conclusion to this trilogy!
So for my review, I'll give you FOUR reasons why I loved this book and why you should add it to your TBR:
The Characters. As individuals, they are awesome and although far from perfect, they are the kind that stop for a sec to reevaluate themselves, their situation and why things are not working out for them. It's fun to see how much Galian and Theo have grown since The Island, and I know they still have a long way to go, which excites me all the more to read The Union!
The Romance. GAH. I just love it so much. This is the sexy, barely there kind since Theo and Galian are still trying to find a way to end the war and finally be together, but the scenes we get, um, YUM. And it's also a fun relationship because the guy, Prince Galian, is a bit more sweet and easy going, who perfectly balances out Theo's hardened personality. It reminds me of the relationship dynamic between Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games.
The Plot. Just like with Theo and Galian's relationship, the plot of The Chasm, well the feel and sense of the story, reminds me of The Hunger Games. While there are no games, there IS a war going on and it's still a bit unclear who the bigger enemy is with so many players.
The Feels. You get them all in The Chasm. Not only swoony feels over Prince Galian, but pain, love and suffering for so many others. Like my Martin, who's a character I deeply fell in love with. If it weren't for Galian, I would have demanded his attention. And then the ending! ACK. I thought things would get better, and in a way they are, but noooooooo. Once again my loves must test their boundaries and do what is right.
So there you have it! The four reasons why I think you must grab yourself a copy of The Chasm on July 12th (and read The Island if you haven't!). Be it if you're looking for a book with great characters, a great romance, an amazing plot, or just a read that gives you all the feels, then this book is surely for you!
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