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- Print Length: 181 pages
- Publication Date: October 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OABYV3W
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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The Gypsy Pearl Book 2: Craggy Kindle Edition
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Caz journeys to Craggy, the second of three planets she must visit to cycle the gypsy pearl, free the fanep race, and bring justice to the Granbo system. Her gifts of strength and memory serve her well during several narrow escapes. She must sort through the cast of characters and their intensions. Who is a friend? And who wants her dead?
In particular, I really like the surprises Caz finds hidden within Craggy's bleak landscape. (I can't give away more!) I also appreciate the revelation of some of Caz's history and the way the villain's plan and motivations begin to make sense, allowing me to begin making some book three predictions.
Craggy did not evoke as much emotional response in me as book one, which explains my 4 star rating. It's really, really hard to develop a hero's character in a sequel. It's already been established in book one. Caz is so powerful in that story. Here she maintains her quirky personality, and I see hints of a broadening of her bewilderment and dread and a deepening of her commitment to her cause, but her motivating factor is mostly survival. This makes for some great action, but it didn't leave as much of an emotional footprint. In addition, a certain extremely significant individual makes an appearance, but the backstory lacked the strength to move me toward tears or anger when I think it could have. It does surround the individual with a sense of mystery--and that might have been the author's intension. Said person feels like a bit of a wildcard who might increase in significance in the trilogy's conclusion.
All that aside, I have to praise my very favorite element of Lia London's stories--her writing style. It's so smooth and eminently readable. And she likes to bury little gems for us to pull out and admire. Like this beautiful description: I couldn't guess ages of the miners based on their wind carved faces, but their muscles and gaits spoke of tired youth. Or this perfect takeaway thought dropped so naturally in the middle of a conversation: "Haven't you ever known something without learning it logically?" "Trust," he said. "What do you mean?" "That's trust," he said, looking at me intently. "Trust is when you know--like I know it's a good idea to stick with you."
Want a great story with beautiful style? Grab up this series. Looking forward to the third!
Gypsy Pearl 2 takes up where that story left off as they make their way to the second planet in the series--Craggy. This is where Caz and Alf are tested to the ends of their abilities. And although almost nothing grows on Craggy, it is where a sweet love between them begins to blossom.
I loved this story! It was a book that called me back to it when I put it down--a book that had me making excuses for not doing the things I was supposed to be doing, so I could finish it. The characters are complex, and even Fizer, who at first appears pretty one-dimensional, shows us more depth as the story goes along. At this point Brita is still a bit of a mystery that I'm sure will fill out in book 3. The dialogue is natural and we're not pounded with repetitive thoughts. Even though this is a YA book, it doesn't have that YA feel. I think it would be an enjoyable story for all ages.
If I have any complaint, it's a lack of people description (same complaint as Gypsy Pearl:Caren), but in this book that irritation was outweighed by the story and character interactions.
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