Thursday, January 12, 2012

Life Eternal by Yvonn Woon

Life Eternal by Yvonn Woon
Release Date: February 29, 2012
Published: Disney-Hyperion

Renée Winters has changed. When she looks in the mirror, a beautiful girl with an older, sadder face stares back. Her condition has doctors mystified, but Renée can never reveal the truth: she died last May, and was brought back to life by the kiss of her Undead soul mate, Dante Berlin.  Now, her separation from Dante becomes almost unbearable. His second life is close to an end, and each passing day means one less that she will spend with the boy who shares her soul.  Just when Renée has almost given up hope, she learns of the Nine Sisters—brilliant scholars who, according to legend, found a way to cheat death. She can’t shake the feeling that they are somehow connected to her dreams, strange visions that hint at a discovery so powerful, and so dangerous, that some will stop at nothing to protect it.  Renée thought she knew the truth about life and death. But there is a secret woven through history that holds the only hope for Dante and Renée. Unless they find answers soon, their time together is doomed to be cut short. - Goodreads.com

I have to admit that I had expectations when I started reading this book.  The first one had sucked me in so completely and everything moved along so well and quickly that I literally flew through the pages.  So I expected the same with Life Eternal.  I was a tiny bit disappointed only because, for me, this book started out a lot slower than the first, and it took a long time to build.  The writing was as beautiful to me as in Dead Beautiful, the first book, but it just seemed that the pacing was just a tad slow for me.  I felt like things could have been sped up a little bit.

Secondly, it was a big disappointment that Dante wasn't more visible in this book just to keep the romance factor going for me.  Romance in a story is an important part for me to fully enjoy it.  Yes, I'm a sap.  So really, by the time Noah was introduced, I was almost relieved.  Although I am growing a little weary of having a second love interest introduced in series books, he was such a great character, and was introduced at a really good time when I needed something to kind of boost things along for me.  So it worked great.

I was super shocked by the ending, only because it is going to be such an agonizing wait to find out what happens next in this story.  OMG!! 

Overall, Yvonn Woon is a talented author, has a great story here, and I was pleased with this sequel.  It definitely all came together toward the last third of the book!!

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