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Tompkin's School: For The Dearly Departed (Tompkin's School Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The second installment of the Tompkin's School Trilogy switches point of view to that of both Kain and Izzy. This is a bit jarring at first if you're reading them back-to-back like I did, but once I adjusted to it, I much preferred it to solely Izzy's. There were points throughout, though, where it was difficult to differentiate when the POV had switched, and it took me a few paragraphs, even a few pages, for me to realize whose eyes I was looking through.
This book is considered a stand-alone, but I think it's probably necessary to read the first to understand what is happening. Even reading the first book, I still don't fully understand what's going on, to be honest. I still don't fully grasp what these kids are, who I should be rooting for in this story, and why this is happening to them at all. I'm assuming all of this will be resolved in the third book, but after two rather long novels, I can't help but be a bit bamboozled at having more questions than answers.
The plot of this series is extremely creative, and the ending of this book is a lovely set up for the next.
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This book is about a brother and sister who have acquired powers they don't want, and don't understand. It's difficult for them to know who they can trust with some pretty dark secrets. They have enemies as well, and they don't know who they are, so their responses are often based on instinct. I love the premise.
The characters are diverse in personality, as are their friends. Izzy is bolder than her brother, and a 'take the bull by the horns', sort of personality. Her brother Kain, is more cautious. Both want to learn more about what they are dealing with. Choyce is a shady sort of gentleman from just before the Flapper era, and he needs something from them.
This book is considered 'stand alone', and I agree that it is, but you will get more into it, and capture the plot sooner if you read book 1, first. I had trouble following and understanding the beginning, due to not knowing previous events and characters. There were also times when I had trouble knowing what specific setting or time we were in, since there is some time-travel, as a few posts transferred as reminders from the first book. There is also a need for editing, as there are places with a word that doesn't belong, and other places with missing words. While the editing issues are minor, there are enough to momentarily kick you out of the moment.
While there is a satisfying ending, there is also a twist which is always fun. The next book is set-up from there, so there is more to look forward to.