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Secret of the Shielded: Tunuftol Book 2 (Tunuftol Series) Paperback – March 8, 2013
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Originally from Vermont, Ann now lives in Virginia with her husband. Ann spent much of her childhood moving from place to place. Now settled, she enjoys exploring nature and the freedom to pursue the dreams of her imagination through writing.
Ann's love of books from childhood continues today as she nurtures that love in her children and grandchildren -- always encouraging their imaginations. Along with writing books, Ann actively participates in the community, fighting illiteracy with the founding and facilitating of a Creative Writing Club and volunteering as a tutor at her local Adult Learning Center.
Struggling with disabilities of her own, she knows the thrill of triumphing over adversities. Her dry, sarcastic, and often corny wit finds its way into her writing. She pulls from life's experiences, both hers and others, for inspiration... always sharing, growing, and learning.
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For those who have read the first book, in the beginning, there is a lot of repetition. This repetition though is good for those who have not read the first book. You don't have to have read the first book in order to read this one, but it helps.
A combination of Goonies and Heroes, this book somehow seems more adventurous than the first. Destruction threatens home and the only hope of saving everything and everyone is this epic adventure. If you look at all of the characters, each of the young friends has a magical power. With dragons and pumas, fairies and elves, more Tunuftolates and even some buggleberries, what's not to like, fantasy fans?
I really enjoyed the powers and prophesy in this one. Oh, the powers! Helping a blind guy see via powers was just jaw-dropping brilliant. He was blind and was made to see enough to participate and be useful in sword fights. And I don't mean having his sight restored through some healing power either. And the way Khevin could control the Wild Thing was so...stomach-clenching, intense. Yowsa! (Doesn't the cover of Book 1 make so much more sense now?) I not-so-secretly love the power of flight. So, I was hoping flight was a possible power. I did wonder what happened (or didn't happen!) to the clothes. It was a little strange - even for magic - and yet it allowed the book to remain PG-13. So, there's that. Even the lack of powers was interesting. In Hunger Games fashion, there were twists and mishaps which showed that not all bad things come from bad guys. I am left hoping the damage done in this book isn't permanent. I'm worried for our characters!
Speaking of characters, everyone is impacted. Characters are clearly maturing and appeared more defined, though I found Micah creepy, not more mature. The waffling love triangle storyline from the first book no longer waffled. It pancaked. Disappointed and bittersweet at seeing its premature end, I missed the teasing of the first book. It had to end at some point, I guess. Sigh. I did like how the whole romance thread stayed true to being 14 years old.
Would this make for a nice movie? Maybe. It was a wonderful book. Don't get me wrong. It would be fascinating to watch the sword fights, the creatures, and meet the friends up on the big screen. Tunoftolate cave reminded me of Ewoks! Squee! Who doesn't love Ewok-like creatures? And anyone else picturing Liam Hemsworth as Khevin? As a movie, though, I am afraid it might just be a lot of talking around a campfire. It sure felt action-packed, like there was a lot more stuff going on. I suspect there was not.
Again, this is the second book in a series by an indie author and, yet, there is a definite beginning, middle, and end to this book. There is not only great foreshadowing throughout the story, but also the ending ends in such a way that all of the loose ends are tied up for this book and at the same time leaves the door wide open for the next and last book of the series. In fact, we are even given the direction the third book is headed - without being too spoiler-ish. This is exactly how I want to read books in trilogies or those part of a series.
Possibly written simply for a younger audience, but I found it still enjoyable as an adult to the point I couldn't put this down. Then, again I secretly still like Carolyn Keene. Considering the sword fights, the level of language, the extent of the love story on the side, it is definitely tame enough for younger readers.
Disclaimer: All books reviewed by me have been received via purchase, lending, or given to me by an author or publisher for the purposes of an honest review. No reviews are purchased. They are my own opinion.
I don't want to spoil a thing for you so I won't go into to many details. This book picks up precisely where book 1 left off, sorry can't say where that is! But needless to say Krissa has found more about herself and her past, Micah, Khevin, Pin, Lonnie, Nester, Alcina, Sealey, Daisy Mae are all once again on a quest. But this time we add a few new faces. And once again the character creation is just out of this world.
I must say that I read this book back to back with book 1, and yes I immediately grabbed up book 3 when I finished this one. My husband was not impressed to say the least since, sadly he had to go out for dinner. Yeah it was just that good!
My son is still reading book 2, but he is so engrossed with it that even he missed dinner time and we completely forgot everything but this series. Once again it is filled with wonder and adventure. Once again we have a mystery that needs to be solved and a bad guy to conquer. And once again, I got yelled at by the husband for being so absorbed by a book that the house could have exploded and I wouldn't have heard it. Men sometimes they just don't understand!
Oh where was I? Yes that's right, the book, this story is fabulous. The world creation is one of the best I've seen in a long time. And yes I know I compared book 1 to Lord of the Rings and I still say the same thing, a quest, and adventure, and a bad guy to conquer all make this book the perfect read for every age. How often do you find a book that your 10 year old loves, and you love as well? Not very often I'm sure. Well Ann Snizek has succeeded in doing just that!
I cannot say how highly I recommend these books! 5 stars is just too low a number but it is the highest I can give so that is exactly what I am giving this fabulous series. Did I say how wonderful this series is? Well it is phenomenal, stupendous, and everything a YA book should be! An adventure that will definitely keep you flipping pages and up all night!
At this point I must say a big thank you to Ann for providing my son and I with these books, and I am on to book 3 now... I must say one other thing... Ann please don't make me wait too long for the next book in this series. I am seriously NOT known for my patience, and I really don't want a stalker label. *joking*
Details/Disclaimer: I received this book for an honest review from the Author. This free book held no determination on my final review.