Goodman, Carol Ravencliffe (Blythewood #2) 432 pages, Viking Books for Young Readers 2014. $17.99 Content: Language: G (1H swears ); Mature Content: PG Violence: G
Ava has already faced off with evil Judicus van Drood in the
first book and was pretty sure he was dead, but he is making a reappearance. The
secret that she is half darkling and has wings, is weighing on her as she tries
to be a good student at Blythewood Academy, a place that is very much against
darklings. She is in love with a darkling as well, Raven. When van Drood starts
his evil plans it Ava must be brave and learn to trust those around her.
First off, I can’t stand books that hide the fact they are a
series, its not fair to the reader. This story had a choppy read to it, just
when you thought you were doing one thing, the characters would start talking
as if something else had happened, forcing you to go back and re-read, only to
discover the jump was completely without context. This happened a lot! I also
had a beef with the main character, she is the prophesized hero of the world,
that is a bit cheesy. Not to mention she was boring, surprised by the obvious, and
sort of oblivious in general. The love story had some major cheese as well- even
going so far as calling them mates, though the main character is barely acknowledging
a crush. Sort had the overall feeling that the book was longer or should have
been, but someone cut out parts and explanations willy-nilly, leaving the reader
feeling sort of lost in the woods.
HS –NOT RECOMMENDED
Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.