Sunday, August 19, 2012

Settling by Shelly Workinger

Settling by Shelley Workinger
Release Date: July 4, 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace

At the beginning of the summer, Clio Kaid was one of a hundred teens brought to a secret Army installation. But it was no ordinary camp and they weren’t ordinary kids… Picking up where “Solid” left off, Clio and her friends realize that they aren’t ready to go home; they’re determined to stay on campus and continue their journey of self- discovery. But someone doesn’t feel the same way and will do anything to drive them away – even kill.  Friendships will be tested, abilities will evolve, and more secrets will come out as the teens race to stop the killer before he sets his sights on one of them… - Goodreads.com

This series really takes off with this second installment, taking on new nuances and subplots, and  introducing new characters.  All the original characters are back, and at the beginning of the book, you can see the easy banter and general great relationship that they've forged with one another through their shared experiences.

It doesn't take long for the plot to really jump-start and for things to begin changing.  Two new kids arrive, one of which has a special draw that pulls people to him.  I found this very interesting, and was hoping maybe it would be the start of a new love triangle, but...  I needn't have worried about that.  There is the beginnings of a love triangle but it's with Clio's special officer she's assigned to, who happens to be youngish, gorgeous, and very interesting.  Is it wrong of me to immediately like him a little bit more than Jack?  Don't get me wrong, Jack's great... but I think Ford challenges her more and is probably a little more right for her.  Plus, their scenes together are hot!

I felt like this second installment had an even better story, more mystery, and more depth to it with the characters and their relationships.  The pacing was great in this book, and whereas the first book felt a little rushed to me, this one was spot on.  It moved along at the perfect time.

The only small complaint I might have is toward Clio's friends.  When she makes her "big mistake", I felt that their reactions were a little over the top.  I mean, no one even gave her an opportunity to explain even.  Friends make mistakes, but even her girlfriend's cold-shouldered her.  And yes, it was a big mistake, but I figured that a girlfriend's loyalty would lie with her girlfriend, even if she had made a pretty big mistake.

Other than that, I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the next book in the series.  Shelley Workinger did a really good job investing us in the characters and getting us hooked into the story and wanting more.


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