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The Equinox: The Summer Solstice Series, Book 2) Paperback – December 23, 2015
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (December 23, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 428 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1522904379
- ISBN-13 : 978-1522904373
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.07 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,517,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book picks up approximately 1 week after the end of things in book 1. Kat is looking for a job, not because she needs one, but she just wants one. Rose would rather keep her overprotective eye on Kat. All the secrets are getting to Kat as she is trying to find her place in the world. There is so much going on, how can she maneuver herself in the world if she doesn't know what's going on and know what to do and how to do it.
I would say there is a vast difference in Kat from the beginning of the book to the end. She's matured, become more sure of herself and her powers, more confident, and brave. She's loved and lost, then loved again... Her feelings are intense. As is the story.
We have another enchanter in the wings, Trisha, who is about to turn 16. We have decendants of King Triton, the mermaids. We have an unknown descendant of King Poseidon out there somewhere in Apollo Beach. And by the end, we find out there is a descendant of Apollo right there in Apollo Beach too. Who knew? Who thought to know? And of course, the bad guys, The Equinox. Who is, who isn't, who can be trusted, and who can't?
All these answers, characters, and plots can be found in K.K. Allen's The Equinox, Book 2 of the Summer Solstice Series.
I loved this book so much, I couldn't put it down! I made myself stop and write the review so that I can hurry up and get to the next book, The Descendants, book 3, and the last in the Summer Solstice Series. I really hate when books are done. I never want them to end. I'm not ready to let go of the characters, their world, and their story just yet. But, I suppose all good things must come to an end. I'm diving into book 3 immediately! I can't wait to see how everything unfolds!!!
Thank you, K.K. Allen, for such an amazing book series!!! =)
As the title suggests, the pivotal plot point is the search for the Equinox, crony of the big bad known as Erebus who has it in for all Enchanters in general and Kat Summer in particular. Kat tries not to let the tension get to her, and we begin to see more of her friends and social life, including her closer friendship with co-worker Trisha.
Romance is also center-stage in book 2. Lovely Alec returns as Kat's love interest, but things get complicated when the Equinox plays havoc with their relationship. Add in a passionate new attraction with a certain broody co-worker who may not be all that he seems, and Kat, and you, will be left a bit breathless.
Conclusion: "The Equinox" is a more than worthy successor to "Enchanted", with plenty more action, suspense and romance to satisfy readers and leave you hungry for more.
The story picks up shortly after the climax of The Summer Solstice. Kat, Ms. Allen's main character, must not only come to terms with her newly discovered powers but also the danger that accompanies them. Simply put, the enchanted world at Apollo Beach is under attack, threatened by the dark forces of the Equinox, and Kat appears to be the focal point of that attack.
Ms. Allen's writing is crisp. Her characters are deftly drawn and she has an excellent eye for detail. I particularly enjoyed the interactions between Kat and her grandmother, their relationship loving yet with the generational tension one would expect. The pacing of the novel is like a sailboat cutting across ocean waves, swift and exciting with plenty of twists--a couple admittedly I spotted coming, but there were some big waves I didn't see until they washed right over me.
And I have to say this--I loved the mermaids!
For a novel filled with romance, magic, and adventure, Ms. Allen also touches on a subject near and dear to my heart--the environment. She raises some sharp issues and doesn't back down from them by providing easy answers, nor does she beat the reader over the head with them. It's a fine line between raising an issue and becoming preachy, and Ms. Allen walks that line beautifully.
At one point Kat speculates about the girls Johnny dates--older, sexier, feistier. I think that's a perfect description for Kat herself--older than her young age, sexy and as feisty as they come. If you like urban paranormal fantasies you'll love K.K. Allen's The Equinox! I did and I highly recommend it.
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This is the second part of Allen's Summer Solstice series. I read the first part last year and found it a fun summer read. It had magic, new friends, a touch of romance; all that was missing was a bit of clout. Luckily, I've found buckets of the stuff in the sequel!
I enjoyed following Kat, as she starts to feel like a resident of Summer Island, instead of just a visitor.
She spends her time learning about her magic, and being inducted into the Enchanter community; which is an interesting contrast against her efforts to find and hold a part-time job.
The Equinox is the big bad, they are almost the shadow-versions of the Enchanters. They have power, they have lives and families; but they covet the light and powers of the Enchanters and are driven to violence by their ruler.
The Enchanters know that an attack is imminent, and anyone could be the enemy in disguise. I loved how this coincides with several new characters being brought in; and several old characters suddenly changing their attitude. Each person is considered a suspect and you are kept guessing until the very end about where the danger lies.
You also finally find out some secrets that Rose has been keeping from Kat (and that fate has been keeping from everyone!), which is enough to satisfy. But this leads to a hundred new questions, which in hope will be answered in The Descendants.
I enjoyed the whole cast of characters in this. There's an importance placed on family and community, which is echoed in how fleshed-out the "minor" characters are.
All-in-all, a good read and I can't wait to get the next part of the series!
There are too many writers who write a follow-up story in the wrong frame of mind. They want to continue the tale, but they forget that the reader may have read the first book a long time beforehand. Here, we see that K.K. Allen bears this in mind, as she drip-feeds the necessary information in the build up. Characters and circumstances are rapidly recognised and so the entertainment is underway without frustration.
What do I expect from a book? First and foremost, that it is well-presented, which includes spelling, grammar and all that it is implied by the phrase; well-presented. From the cover onwards it should look like the author cares about the product. Add to that: a good plot with depth and layers of conflict, rounded characters, natural dialogue, well-drawn imagery and believability. Yes, even a paranormal fantasy must have a ‘believability’ factor for me. I must feel that I’m watching events unfolding. In this, the second book of the series I was not to be disappointed.
Ms. Allen brings her paranormal characters and their powers to life as they encounter conflicts on varying levels, and of different types. The chemistry between the characters is so well done that sometimes it is palpable. The relationships are superbly written.
If you like the sound of this tale, and you haven’t read, The Summer Solstice: Enchanted, may I respectfully suggest that you do, even though this volume could be read as a standalone. I will be watching out for the third book in the series, The Descendants.
Reviews are difficult too write as you don't want to spoil the plot for 'readers to be' nor do you want to replicate the back page but I will give it my best to review it whilst not spoiling it....
Kat finds cute true love can sometimes get confused by alluring lust and deep intrigue and this would be fine of course if you never had the destruction of our planet to contend with as the swell of the Equinox raises both tides and tension. The planet is in peril and strange unnatural yet seemingly natural occurrences are occurring which threatens the towns very exsitence. The arrival of the Valli sisters bring both enlightenment and deep reflection to Kat but is the inner secrets of her true existence just a step too far for our sweet sixteen heroine...?
'The Equinox' is so well crafted and constructed that is just a natural 'next page' follow on from the first book, making it as easy and enjoyable as putting on your favourite box set on your TiVo box!
For fans of YA, make sure you ask Santa to drop you off the second Solstice saga in your stocking.
The well-developed characters from Enchanted are back and some new ones are introduced. The new characters are as dimensional as the familiar ones.
Kat continues to grow into her powers, as she faces betrayals, new challenges and new friendships.
K.K. Allen has, once again, taken me on a journey to Apollo Beach, and now that I'm home I can't wait to go back.
Hurry up with book 3, K.K.
K.K.Allen is a smooth writer, and as a fellow author of fantasy series Soul of the Sorcerer, I must say I'm slightly envious of how fluid the wholke thing feels.
Having read both books, part of me wants the author to go more adult in the content, the other part worries that most of us, including myself, may not be able to cope!
Looking forward to book 3.