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The Crimson Key (The Visitor's Series) (Volume 2) Paperback – June 12, 2013
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The Crimson Key is the second book in the Visitors series by Christy Sloat and while the first book was great, this one is even better! Paranormal fiction fans are going to LOVE this series. While geared toward young adults, it's going to appeal to paranormal fans of all ages. -Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
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Brylee is now faced with finding the cure to the curse her boyfriend, Ephraim, and his sister, Lynley, are under. Time is not on her side, as the effects of the curse are becoming more apparent, especially with Lynley. The witches who are responsible for this curse are dead, but yet they hold the key to saving her friends. Who can she trust in this voyage?
Brylee takes Lynley on a shopping trip, to get her out of the house, and her mind off of what is going on, and meets one person who may know just what needs to be done to break the curse after all. A trip to the library also has her making a new friend, but what can she offer?
She then is forced on a two week vacation back to California with her parents to visit her family. This is not the best timing, and she soon realizes it is because her parents want to move back there; just after Brylee has finally found a place she wants to call home- Jersey. However, the trip was not a total waste. Even though she knew she wanted to be back on the East Coast- she has lives to save! She was able to help Ethan and his family move on from their tragedy.
Just when I thought "ah, I know what is going to happen", I was proven wrong. Evil comes in all shapes and sizes, and you never really know every one's true intentions. Not all ghosts are bad or there to harm you, and not all living individuals are good.
I eagerly await the next installment, and hope to read more about Brylee's new-found capabilities as a "ghost whisperer". There are many souls that need help to pass over. Is she the one that can help them?
Things were serious at the beginning of this book. The curse cast on them at the end of the first book is taking its toll on Ephraim and Lynley and Brylee is ready to do whatever it takes to save the day. Throw in some gypsies and tons of extra ghosts and the Crimson Key became a thrilling read. I will say the first book is my favorite of the two for a few reasons. For one, I liked Ephraim better in the first book. I know the curse took a toll on him, but he was just ... off, in this book. I missed his sweet charm and personality. I hope to see it re-emerge in book 3. Also, as a parent reading this book I was in disbelief at some of the behavior Brylee was able to get away with. Let's just say if I acted like her, I'd have gotten a switch to the behind (yes, even at her age) and would be staring at the inside of my room for months! Then again, Brylee's parents are kind of clueless pushovers, so I guess that's what they get. Either way, it didn't ruin the book for me at all, and I know the dynamic between teens and parents vary from family to family.
That aside, I have to say the last 20 percent of the book ramped things up into high gear and a huge twist through me for a loop. Emotions and tensions are high and by the end, the main characters' lives all hang in the balance. It was suspenseful and I raced to the finished because I couldn't wait to find out what would happen! Of course, I'm looking forward to reading the conclusion to this series.
Some good things do happen. Brylee is able to help some people, she is still strong and confident, and the relationships between the characters are solid. However, overall this is not a happy story. Bad things happen. More evil is revealed. It is sad, sad, sad! Then there is the twist- something I definitely did not see coming! I love being surprised in a book, it's just no fun when the twist is predictable.
In the end there are still plenty of issues left unresolved, as well as some new conflicts introduced, that will carry over perfectly into the next book. Readers will be anxiously waiting for book 3 after finishing The Crimson Key.