Monday, August 5, 2013

Luminaire by Ciye Cho

From Goodreads(blurb and image):

Being the only human in a world of merfolk... isn't easy. Florence Waverley chose to stay in Niemela, but things have gone awry. Secrets have risen and the prince she cares about has pulled away. All the while, dark dreams warn her of a tragedy that only she can stop. But in order to save the merman she loves, Florence will have to enter the Life Path tournament: a brutal test of fear and madness.

The tournament is a rite of passage--a maze where young mermaids and mermen battle to find their purpose. It is also a place where Florence will face grave danger: mermaids with evil magic, tunnels filled with sea fire, and guardians who wish to use her as a pawn in their secret plans.

But will Florence be strong enough to survive the tournament... or will she perish inside it?

This is the second book in the Florence Waverley  series.  You can see my review of Florence HERE.  I must say that both of the covers are very beautiful.  Don't you think!

I was very pleased with Luminaire, as it continued the story line of Florence and Niemela without the feeling of repeating Florence.  Even though it had been a year since I had read Florence I wasn't completely lost in the story line either.  Cho did great with reminding us what happened in book 1 without rewriting it.  I enjoyed seeing some of them appear as flashbacks as well!  Just as with Florence it is told from multiple perspectives but still left you guessing as to what was going on.  However unlike with Florence, I didn't feel that the story line took time to develop.  It definitely grab my attention from the beginning and held it until the end.  

Florence does continue to grow and tries to find her way, and even though she has helped the Niemela, she still isn't fully accepted.  This will sound crazy but to see that she isn't full accepted makes the social aspect of Niemela a little realistic.  Society doesn't always just accept a person because they help to save the day, there are still those that do not approve and will be loud enough to know how they feel.  With that being said it is still nice to also see people change their minds and realize that not always is the disapproval valid.

Again I totally recommend this as a great summer read!

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