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- Print Length: 278 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 13, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071KB1XZ3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,904,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Second Shadow (The Second Sign Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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This is the second book in Elizabeth Arroyo's Second Sign series, and it outshines the first. The author takes the mythology of angels and demons she's created and twists it around in the most fascinating ways. I didn't know what to expect, and the surprises kept coming right through to the end. It's fast-paced, dark, and intense. I found it difficult to put my Kindle down and stop reading!
Jake and Gabby struggle with their emotions and their humanity. Both in similar yet so very different situations. The cast of secondary characters is amazing. Jose made me laugh and I wish Max were my brother. Though, I'm a huge Pat fan! The intricate web of sub-plots made gave several layers to this story. I also loved the Horseman chosen to terrorize people. It's original and highly creepy.
I can't wait for more from Elizabeth Arroyo. Well done!
The Second Shadow picks up a few weeks after the first book ends, and Max and Gabby have relocated to Chicago for a fresh start where no one knows them. Similar to the beginning of The Second Sign, Gabby is still getting into trouble at school, but this time it’s not because of her anger but from the strong visions she has now that her powers have evolved. She has transformed into an unusual supernatural being and is still learning to control and manage the competing powers that reside within her. One of the biggest mysteries to be uncovered over the course of the story is in discovering exactly what Gabby has become and trying to anticipate how she will respond to the external conflicts that occur.
It is clear now what the “Second Sign” means as well as the predestined roles that have been thrust upon Gabby and Jake. Yet they still have free wil,l and another major question to be answered is whether they will actually follow through with what is expected of them. The angels and demons involved have underestimated their love. Although I did have some doubts in book one about how genuine Gabby and Jake’s feelings really were for each other since supernatural forces were drawing them together, I don’t anymore. Even though they aren’t destined to be together, and Jake is now angry and bitter toward Gabby, their love for each other strengthens them in the midst of peril and uncertainty. This second book also contains violence that may make squeamish readers uncomfortable.
All of the main characters have changed in dramatic ways since the beginning of The Second Sign. Gabby is emotionally stronger, and even though she doesn’t fully understand what the angels and demons are planning behind the scenes, she accepts and embraces her abilities, determined to do what is right to save humanity. She still has insecurities about her father and his faith in her, but she refuses to be discouraged by these doubts. Furthermore, Max has become much more supportive, reassuring her they haven’t lost their twin connection.
The climatic events in the first book have changed Max. He no longer blindly follows his angelic orders, and he is less critical and judgmental about the decisions Gabby makes. In fact, he helps her even when it isn’t in his best interest. Max’s goodness is so pure, and I want so much for him to find the love and joy he deserves.
And Jake…wow, he has drastically changed. His grief, anger, and vengeance have hardened him in ways that sometimes make it difficult for me to like him. Unfortunately, his fate was sealed before he was even born, and he now is more willing to succumb to his demons side. Because the story is still alternately narrated from both Gabby’s and Jakes POVs, I still have hope for him. His conflicting thoughts show that he hasn’t completely lost his humanity…yet.
I really like the new characters, Michelle and Jose, who inadvertently become involved in this paranormal chaos when apocalyptic events are set into motion. Even though Jose is human and carries a lot of guilt about his past sins, he really steps up, even risking his life to help Gabby and Jake. I also think he plays a significant role in helping Jake fight his inner demon. I have a feeling both of these new characters will become more prominent as the series progresses.
Although I enjoyed the first book, I was even more fascinated by this second installment because of all the shocking revelations and the OMG ending that absolutely made me want to cry. Now, I’m hooked and eager to find out what will happen next.
I received a copy of this book from the author to provide an honest review.
Gabby and her brother, Max, are once again in hiding. Now that she knows the truth of what she is, she's trying to deal with all that entails. Max is by her side, protecting her. However, Gabby isn't able to stay out of trouble in her new school. An altercation with another student lands Gabby in a weekend-long detention. It also finds her face-to-face with Jake.
Jake, having accepted his demon side, has been given his first assignment. He, and Pat, find themselves in detention camp as well. And Jake is surprised at seeing Gabby there. Although Gabby isn't part of his assignment, Jake and Gabby learn that the choices they've made have begun the march towards the apocalypse.
The Second Shadow imparts the tale of Gabby and Jake as they try to save humanity. They each know their expected roles, yet they still have free will. The angels and demons, on the brink of war, are awaiting the decisions that Gabby and Jake will have to make. Jake thought embracing his demon would wipe away his humanity. But he finds himself still caring - especially about Gabby. Gabby wants to save the world - but she also wants Jake's forgiveness and to save him as well. And neither the angels nor the demons realized the strength of the bond shared between Gabby and Jake.
I think The Second Shadow's main themes are forgiveness and redemption. There are many characters looking for these. Ms. Arroyo once again delivered a wild, graphic, and pulse-pounding story. I was never quite certain what was going to happen next. There were several shocking revelations that only added to the excitement. And the ending - Ms. Arroyo knows how to knock you in the gut with her conclusions.
My only complaint is that there were times when I felt the story's focus meandered too much. I was unsure of where the story was going and it detracted from my enjoyment .
Overall, The Second Shadow was a thrilling and satisfying read. I thought this was the conclusion and maybe it is, but the ending is definitely open-ended.
**I received a review copy through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**