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{September 24, 2012}   {Review} Lucid by P.T. Michelle (BKoD #2)

From Goodreads: Once Nara combines her prophetic ability with Ethan’s power to outsmart Fate at his own deadly cat-and-mouse game, she’s more determined than ever to help Ethan learn the meaning behind the raven sword tattoo that suddenly appeared on his back after their confrontation with Fate.

During her quest to uncover the tattoo’s secrets, Nara enlists the help of some new friends and discovers her own surprising connection to Ethan.

While Nara digs deeper into the mystery, her desire for answers leads her down a dangerous path full of powerful and ruthless enemies. Swept into an age-old battle, Nara quickly learns that keeping one’s enemies close can be a necessary evil, making an intangible enemy she can control far more preferable to the human enemies she can’t.

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This sequel is amazing.  I read it from cover to cover in one sitting, absolutely absorbed by the tale P.T. Michelle weaves as we learn more about Nara’s and Ethan’s abilities.  Having won against Fate, and with Nara safe for the time being, Ethan sets out to reconcile with his family, leaving Nara to figure out her many questions on her own.  Thus, Ethan is missing from the novel for more than half of it, but while I really missed him, I truly enjoyed Drystan.  Upon meeting him, the reader automatically knows there’s something special about him, but as we already know through Nara and Ethan, no two abilities are alike.  Though Drystan doesn’t come right out and say it, Michelle writes his ability into the story in a not so subtle way, which I loved, because here I knew something Nara didn’t know—love the dramatic irony—and it made me smile every time it came up.

But, abilities aside, Drystan also has a really cool hobby: Parkour, the stunt-sport consisting of running, climbing, and jumping off of cliffs and tall buildings.  Of course, as Nara’s life becomes jeopardized due to her intense questioning of ravens, Drystan’s hobby comes to the forefront, and I loved watching him attempt to teach Nara to protect herself.  Even more alluring were the scenes in which Drystan used Parkour in pursuit of those who attempted to hurt Nara; it really made my heart race as I imagined him jumping and twisting through the air—so cool.  This being the first time I’ve ever heard of the sport, I am now vastly interested in learning more about it.

Throughout much of this novel, my heart was in my throat.  Just when Nara recovers from one close call or spooky premonition, another swoops in and I really felt the adrenaline as I read, which made the novel all the more fun.  Trying to figure out the mystery of the ravens alongside the mystery of who was trying to sabotage Nara was extremely enticing, and though I was able to figure out who the bad guys were fairly early on, it actually didn’t damper my fear for Nara at all, but rather caused me to fear even more.  Not knowing who is after someone is scary, but sometimes I think knowing is even scarier, and that’s how I felt in this novel as I read.

When Ethan returns to the scene, he’s seems to have a much darker, scarier side than I was expecting, and it turns out Ethan has some secrets of his own.  Of course, the novel ends (nooooooooooooo) before the reader is given any real answers behind Ethan’s transformation, and as Drystan sort of disappears from the novel upon Ethan’s return, I am really dying for the next installment.  Especially as Michelle gives the reader a small glimpse into what’s to come for our beloved characters, Ethan and Nara, but I can’t say anything more as it’d be a spoiler.  This is definitely a series you don’t want to miss!  Five stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

To read my review of Brightest Kind of Darkness, the prequel to Lucid, click HERE.

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