Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Amy Joy Lutchen.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
How do you live with a secret so dark and so deeply woven into your being that it threatens to smother your very existence, with no known way out? Use it to your advantage.
Kailey Rooke, karmelean, and now a possibly unethical karma-for-hire, has spent the past year jumping from project to project without any real hope for salvation. With repercussions from her actions at every turn, she discovers that as time goes on, she loses a bit more of herself to that which feeds on her anguish--that which is thriving inside her own body.
When a new contract to find a missing girl arises, Kailey attempts to put her past and its associated problems on the back burner, but she soon finds out that treachery and deceit lie shortly ahead in Golden Dunes, only giving face to new problems, with one leading right back to her childhood past.
She struggles to complete her contract as her own life teeters on a fulcrum, constantly tipping according to karma’s whim. How long will she keep her balance? Which way will she fall?
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Amy Joy Lutchen.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Renhala’ series.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Renhala’.**
Kailey is trying to deal with her sudo-abominor, and also trying to help people, as she accepts jobs around Renhala.
Kailey’s latest job is finding a missing girl (Flora), only things are more complicated than Kailey realised, and before long she finds herself in a heap of trouble.
What has happened to Flora? How long can Kailey keep her sudo-abominor in check? And What else will she learn on the journey?
This was an interesting second instalment, with some surprising events.
Kailey obviously went through a lot of changes in the first book, and she’s a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde character in this story, constantly fighting the pull of the sudo-abominor, and trying instead to do good. It was fairly easy to spot when things were about to get out of her control, and interesting to see her sometimes fight what sudo-abominor wanted! She did have moments were I thought she was pretty harsh, and even bloodthirsty though, and at times it really was Kailey and not sudo-abominor.
The storyline in this one basically revolved around Kailey and their entourage as they tried to find a missing girl – Flora, in Renhala. There were several other aspects to the story though, and some real surprises along the way!
There was quite a lot of information in this one. I understand that it was necessary, because boy did we need a recap after book 1, but it also made certain parts of the book drag a bit. Once I’d remembered what had happened I did end up glossing over these large blocks of information a bit, as they really slowed the pace of the story. This story wasn’t quite as long as the first one though, so overall the pace seemed quicker.
There were quite a lot of surprising events in this one, and we also got a bit more information about Kailey’s family, and her brother Stephen. There was also a story told to Kailey that involved some animal cruelty and was very sad, and we got a brief, unexpected death, that had a very strange conclusion.
There was some romance in this one, but again it was very brief, and not a major part of the story. Again we had this sort-of love triangle thing going on with Kailey, Connor, and Ladimer, but because there was very little romance in this, the love triangle wasn’t really a problem.
The ending to this was okay, and we did get an interesting event right at the very end that was unexpected, and I thought a little funny! It will certainly be interesting to see what Kailey does about this in the next book!
Overall; an interesting sequel.
7 out of 10.