Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars #2) by Diana Peterfreund

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss.
Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.

Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss.)
This is book 2 in the ‘For Darkness Shows the Stars’ series, but focuses on different characters.
Lady Persis Blake spends her time masquerading as ‘The Wild Poppy’, rescuing people captured by Galateans. Justen is a medic, and grandson of the person who invented a cure for ‘Reduction’.
Somehow Justen ends up pretending to be Persis’ boyfriend, and things move on from there.

This was an okay story, but I found myself getting bored.

Persis was an okay character, as was Justen, but I didn’t really connect with them or feel anything for them which was a shame.

The storyline was okay. I was a little confused at first as things seemed much different than they had in the first book, but then I realised that we were on a different island to the one on which the first story had been set. I thought it interesting in this how a cure had been discovered for Reduction, as well as a sister compound which caused Reduction. It did seem cruel how they used this Reduction-inducing drug as a punishment though!

It was nice to catch up with the characters from the first book who made an appearance, and there were a couple of twists in this story that I didn’t see coming. My main problem was once again the pace. This book was really long, and so little actually happened, and the whole thing just felt like it dragged, which really put me off. I got so bored that I just kept wanting to put this down and never pick it up again. There was also very little romance, very much like the first book, with nothing more than the odd meaningful glance between the main characters really.

Once again this read very much like a classic, historical novel really, minus the odd talk of technology and ‘gengineering’. The ending was also very similar to the first book, in that things were not tied up until right at the very end!
Overall; an okay story, but just a little too slow and boring for me.
5 out of 10.

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