Thursday, September 20, 2012

Burning Emerald by Jaime Reed

Burning Emerald by Jaime Reed
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Publisher: Dafina

Dating the most popular guy in school is every girl's fantasy. But to Samara Marshall, he's a dangerous force come to rekindle their tangled past. Only it's not her past... Samara faces a challenging senior year. Controlling her inner demon is a struggle, even with help from her Cambion boyfriend, Caleb. But her life takes a turn for the worse when the hottest jock in school begins pursuing her-especially since Malik's anything but what he seems. They share a connection from a forgotten past-a secret that could destroy her and Caleb.  As the attraction becomes harder to resist, Samara is now at the mercy of the demon within her. To break free, Sam must fight a battle where she is the enemy and the prize...and victory will come at a deadly price.  -

I liked this one much more than I liked the first one... even though I liked it too.  This one just had so much more going on in it.  There were a lot more subplots and different twists and turns.  Samara's relationship with Caleb is sweet and one of the best things about the story... but now we have the entrance of this new character Malik.  I'm not sure if I'd characterize this completely as a love triangle.  Although Malik is hot, he's a lot more cut and dried bad guy to me.  And no, I don't mean bad boy... I mean he resembles a bad guy a little too much for me to really think of him as another leg on the love triangle structure.

I'm still loving Samara.  She's a strong, fiesty character and you just have to love her bravery and sass. Her attempting to get used to having Lillith inside her was so entertaining.  She's great.  Especially when she starts kicking into protective mode over her mom.  And that's another interesting element.  Her mom is dating, and there's a big question mark over this guy.  The only not so great part was how Caleb isn't around very much.  We have kind of a New Moon syndrome going on here.  But when he's there, it's so worth it.

The writing was just as exciting as in the first book, and I really love where this story is going.  A very good sequel!

Great. Loved Samara getting used to Lillith.  Ick on Tobias.  Caleb gone for most of the book sucked.


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