Thursday, 30 January 2014

Review: The Second Sign by Elizabeth Arroyo












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Author: Elizabeth Arroyo
Pages: 238 pages
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Release Date: February 4rd, 2013
Recieved From: Sapphire Star Publishing
Status: The Second Sign #1



Synopsis (from Goodreads):


Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn't expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love. But Jake is quickly drawn to the eerie beauty of her violet eyes while Gabby is unsettled by their undeniable connection.

When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not a demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.

As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever

Review:

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review, but that does not affect my review.

The Second Sign is about a half human, half angel named Gabby who is the younger and not-so-better half of her twin, angel brother Max. Gabby is full of angst and keeps people at arms length, until she meets Jake in the sleepy town in Maine. There, she'll discover her true destiny, and make the ultimate decision.

When I read the synopsis, I didn't find it really helpful, but I was still interested in the book, and I read it, and to be honest with you, it was a really slow burn for me.

Personally for me, I found that the majority of the book lacked build up from the beginning till 3/4 into the book when I finally got hooked and started to enjoy the story and the action. I found that the information and everything was just thrown everywhere, and it was pieced together awkwardly. I found myself very confused with many of the roles in the story when it came to people that Gabby know, and there was really a lack of character development for all the characters. Gabby does start to develop, but it takes her a really long time to start to develop, and even then it was really slow.

I found myself getting tired of her attitude, and was just really not feeling her as a narrator. But I did find sympathy for her when we learned Max's role in the story, and I really felt bad for then. Even her relationship with Jake didn't excite me; I think he fell in love with her way to fast, and there wasn't much of a build up either.

But the ending. I liked the ending. I think near the end was when it all started to come together and become much more enjoyable, but even then, it bothered me the way that Jake and Gabby's relationship was left off.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars



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