- File Size: 4860 KB
- Print Length: 396 pages
- Publication Date: August 24, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07GTQMJTV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,693,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Lingering Grace (The Looking Glass) Kindle Edition
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After finishing The Looking Glass last year, and having a great time reading it, I had assumed it was a standalone. Fortunately, I was wrong. The second book picks up about three months after the events of the first book. That doesn’t mean, though, that Alice’s, erm, adventure during her vacation is long forgotten. She is still feeling the effects of the magic she witnessed, and it is affecting her daily life. Luckily, her cute and sweet boyfriend, Tony, is there to help.
Jessica’s take on magic is a traditional one, it has spells and witches that cast them. But her writing allows it to go beyond the page and envelope the senses, this magic involves how the words weigh on your tongue, how it smells, and it feels as it manifests. It gave a unique take on a commonly used method of presenting magic.
My main complaint with the book, besides the frustrating part where Tony and Alice don’t tell each other things that are important, was Eva. Eva and her issues were so obvious, and poor Alice was way too trusting. Eva kept doing rather sketchy things, would disregard Alice’s sense of personal property, and basically emotionally manipulate Alice into doing what she wanted. Alice was even smart enough to recognize what Eva was doing, according to the third person narration, but she never ran away as fast as possible like she should have.
While these issues continued throughout the book, overall the story was compelling. Jessica weaves together several plots into a great climax and even manages to incorporate a family oriented subplot into the background. Now that this is a series, I can’t wait to see what happens next with Alice, Tony, and how they will step into some magic next. Also, I don’t think that those Seekers will be out of Alice’s life so easily.
The Lingering Grace is quite different from The Looking Glass. Alice now leads a regular life with school, homework and boyfriend time. Her friendship with Eva creates a whole different world filled with secrets. And can Eva be trusted? She's a fascinating, manipulative character and she has mood swings. It was interesting to see the developments in the story. Alice is a sweet girl and she's a little bit naïve. She doesn't have many friends and when she finds someone who's like her she thinks she's lucky, but is she really?
The Lingering Grace is another great story about magic. It was nice to see more of Toby. He always has Alice's back. Only there are things they can't tell one another. Alice isn't making the smartest choices, magic is more attractive than she initially thought. After her entrapment in the hotel she knows there is a price, but she also misses the thrill of it. Eva knows a lot more about spells than Alice and she can learn from her. Eva knows how to get things done and she's persuasive. Will Alice be able to stand her ground and do what she thinks is right? I couldn't wait to find out how the story would end. I liked the way Jessica Arnold set it up. I think The Lingering Grace is a good second book about Alice and her adventures with magic.
Apparently in Ms. Arnold's world, everyone who does magick is a psychopath. I'm sure every Pagan who reads this (and the first book) will find this absolutely delightful, as I do. [/sarcasm]
That being said, Lingering Grace is certainly better than Looking Glass and Eva Grace is an antagonist worthy of Stephen King. As there are still 41 days before this book is released, I won't go into any further detail, except to mention two big errors:
1. Tony mentions in the last book that he determined he lives roughly forty minutes away from Alice, but in this book, he appears to live right nearby and there's no indication he has moved.
2. As the description notes, Eva is hell-bent on resurrecting her sister Penny; however, never once does she stop to consider that Penny's body has surely been embalmed and would be no good even if Eva's magick succeeded. I acknowledge that some people don't believe in embalming, but--again--there is nothing that says her family are that sort of people. (Not only that, but a high school senior should know that most bodies are embalmed.)
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REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 13 years, 3 months
MAY CONTAIN SPOILER:
This book is exceptionally different from the previous book (The Looking Glass). Alice is a normal girl doing everyday things such as homework, high school and dozing off in class.
My favorite character is Eva because she is manipulative, moody and just absolutely fascinating.
I think Alice is a little bored with her normal life and really just wants to be back in the action, so to speak.