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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Nadette Lawson knows when you’re lying.
Every night for the past two years, the Balasura have visited her dreams, enticing her to enter their world. And every night she’s seen through their lies. Now, they’re tired of playing in the shadows and they begin to stalk her in the waking world. It’s no longer just an invitation; if Nadette doesn’t join them, they’ll take her family. Forever. She needs help, and the haven she’s seeking may be just out of reach.
Julian Teagan is a master of deception.
To survive, he has to convince the world his mother isn’t useless, that everything’s fine, otherwise he’ll lose what little he has left in this life. He knows the lying won’t be enough to keep him and his mother in the shadows, but it’s all he knows. The only light of truth is Orane, a Balasura who sees past Julian’s facade and challenges him to face the darkness.
Then Orane is killed, and Julian learns his mentor was far from innocent. The Balasura have hunted children like him for centuries, and their next target, Nadette is his one chance at finally being a part of something real. If Julian can just convince her to trust him…
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was an okay sequel, and I liked catching up with the characters from book 1.
Nadette had a pretty useful ability in this book in knowing when people were telling lies, and Julian had the interesting ability that he was able to make people believe lies!
The storyline in this was once again about defeating the demons who plagued kids dreams, and specifically about getting Nadette away from the demons who wanted her. I did like that the characters from book 1 made a cameo, but the pace was a little bit on the slow side for me.
There was some romance, although it was a sweet girl-girl romance.
The ending to this was a little surprising, and we did get an interesting twist!
6 out of 10