Saturday, April 21, 2018

Review: The Secret Heir by Siobhan Davis

The Secret Heir (Alinthia Book 2) by Siobhan Davis
Release Date: March 31, 2018
Genre: Modern Paranormal Fantasy Reverse Harem

Is it her destiny to save them … or destroy them?  Now that Tori finally understands who she is and what’s expected of her, she’s in full-on freak-out mode. How will she save the galaxy from General Arantu’s clutches when she can’t even control her powers?  Add that to the lack of retaliation by enemy alien forces, and everyone is on edge. Especially when they uncover evidence of a strange alien symbol with possible links to humans, and the mystery deepens. But that’s not the only thing keeping Tori awake at night.

Confused over the horrific vision she experienced the night of the Herassan attack, Tori is terrified of revealing details of her protectors’ supposed fate, so she says nothing. Keeping stuff hidden never ends well, and as evil forces conspire against Tori and her four protectors, secrets and lies threaten to destroy everything they hope to achieve.  While Tori grows closer to Coop, Maddox, and Beck, Dane remains distant, creating more tension and jeopardizing their bond.  Then an unexpected newcomer arrives, casting suspicion over everything they believe they know.  When Tori finally figures out what’s going on, will she have time to warn the guys? Or is their fate already sealed?

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.**

This was an excellent second installment to the Alinthia series.  It did not, in any way, fall into sophomore book syndrome but just amped up the story even more.  In many ways I liked it better than the first, which is saying something since I hopped up and down over book one and exclaimed how much I loved it.

In this installment, the mystery surrounding Alinthia/Tori deepens.  New angles are introduced that give the story depth and really have the reader on the edge of her seat waiting to see how things are going to pan out.  There are twists and turns, and several unexpected surprises that really floored me.  I'm hard to surprise, but there were at least three in here that had my jaw hitting the floor, which I loved!

The relationships between Alinthia and her guardians made progress in this sequel, and I loved watching the characters get to know each other better, deepen their connections and establish new ones.  There is some intrigue there that really added to the romance and angst of the group.  Suffice it to say, the author is continuing to do an amazing job making her characters grow, stretch, rethink, and expand themselves, both individually, and within their relationships with each other.  It just gave the book an even more enticing effect.

The pacing was perfect. Once again, it held my attention from start to finish, and I finished it in one sitting.  I love books like that where you just can't put it down, but then when it's over, you're sad to have reached the end.  All I can say is wow, again, and I can't wait to see what happens next.  Bring on more!!

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