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New Beginnings (Spirit Vision) (Volume 2) Paperback – November 29, 2014
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I read Morgan’s first Spirit Vision novel and gave it a rave review, so I was excited to read the second book in the series – New Beginnings. Morgan is a fantastic writer and I was looking forward to see what wonderful tale would be spun here.
Now when I first heard about Spirit Vision, I kinda guessed that it would similar to Buffy The Vampire Slayer. And whilst there are elements of that in this series, it actually plays out more like a Slice of Life story, with our heroine Stary Moon going through school, but realising that she is actually a Spirit Warrior. This second book carries on from where the first one left off, with Stary coming to terms with her new role as a Spirit Warrior, whilst being in a relationship with Umbra – the bad boy of the series. Luckily he’s chilled out quite a bit since the last book – probably to the chagrin of many of his fans.
So the plot of this one is Stary learning new things about her Spirit Warrior powers – and confronting wandering ghosts that seem to be haunting her school. Not to mention an evil force that threatens to rip Stary’s life apart. But it’s not all darkness and gloom – in between the action we get the usual high-school antics of Stary and her friends. Here they spend half the story grilling Umbra to make sure he’s the right one for her. Which leads to many humorous antics. I love how the story doesn’t always take itself too seriously and has a lot of fun now and then. I love how Stary has come further as a character and she isn’t as gullible as she once was.
I also really enjoyed the way the story flowed and had a perfect mix of real life and supernatural – so that the reader didn’t feel bombarded with one particular story. Another good thing was that we got different POV’s in this story rather than just Stary (the other being The One Who Watches) so it was nice to get different sides to the tale. And of course, we had tons of Otaku related humour in there which was nice! If you didn’t know, Morgan is a huge Otaku and she likes to put little nods to her fav animes/mangas now and then – so fellow Otakus will feel right at home.
Only a couple of things irked me about this story. Firstly, Umbra’s backstory. I won’t say too much for fear of spoilers, but the general theme of it kinda felt out of place for this tale. For those who have played Sonic the Hedgehog it was sorta like Shadow’s backstory. That’s all I’ll say.
Another thing I’d like to say was with the main villain. I kinda wish she had been built up a little more as she only really appeared now and then. I didn’t really get a sense of threat from her personally – although she does make a huge impact of Stary near the end (which I’ll get to in a minute). I think the story could have built her up a little more, but that’s just me.
I will say this much – the ending completely took me by surprise and I wasn’t expecting that! I’ll say no more – except that maybe expect a few feels by the end!
Overall this is an amazing story by an amazing author. If you loved the first one, you NEED to read this one! The ending will leave you clinging on for more and wanting to know what happens next. And if you haven’t read the first one, don’t worry – this does a good job of filling you in. It’s a lovely Slice of Life/Paranormal Romance that’s fun for all ages.
Reviewer for Paranormal Romance abd Authors That Rock!
4 out of 5 fangs