Genre: Romance/Realistic Fiction
# of Pages: 356
In this sequel to The Belles, the secret about the true relationship of Isabelle to the Monroes is out and threatening to take down Bill Monroe’s campaign for Senator. Multiple stories keep coming out about the Monroe’s and everyone is bothered by the fact that there seems to be a mole in their midst selling information to the highest bidder. Meanwhile, Isabelle and Mirabelle are preparing to become debutantes at their cotillion. This involves prep classes, dress shopping, and even a hazing ritual. Isabelle does surprisingly well, but Mirabelle is struggling due to the fact that her former best friend, Savannah, has turned everyone against her and she feels all alone. Can Mirabelle find a way to stand on her own without trying to please the most popular girls in school? Can Isabelle survive cotillion training? Will either girl let their father walk her into the cotillion after the way he lied to them?
This follow up is satisfying picking up right where the last one left off. The characters are properly growing and developing and we are learning more about the periphery characters as well. The cotillion preparation was actually fun and interesting as the girls struggle to make it to the big event. Fans of the series will be eager to see more.
# of Pages: 326
Michael Vey has known his entire life that he’s special. He can somehow conduct electricity through his body and it sometimes shocks people that he touches. Due to this abnormality, his mother has done many things to protect him including moving to another state and working a dead end job. She pleads with him to never reveal this strange power for fear of persecution, even though he is constantly bullied at school. One day as he is getting bullied his emotions take over and he zaps the bullies. His actions are witnessed by a cheerleader and he is shocked by her reaction. He is even more shocked when he finds out that there are others like him and there is a menacing force trying to gather them all together. Can he keep himself and his mother safe? Can he protect himself against the forces that want to find him and use him for their own gains?
This story was interesting and reminded me of James Patterson’s Maximum Ride and Witch and Wizard series based on content and writing style. Michael has tried to hide his gift his entire life, even as his life continues to get worse. When he finally embraces his power he finally realizes that he does not need to be the victim anymore. Michael’s friend, Ostin, is an important member of the story as he helps Michael realize his true gifts. The story is exciting, dramatic, and menacing. Fans of fantasy or science fiction will not be able to wait for the next installment.