Thursday, June 12, 2014

Book Review: Relinquish by Amy Thompson

(Lost Souls #2)

Regan has a life in Georgia. She is going to school, has managed to make some friends, and has even found a new love interest in Colter. So what happens when she can’t hide what she is anymore? When do all the lies become too much to handle? And how much longer can she hold onto her sanity—while Agro pushes her closer and closer to the edge of no return—her ascension to Elite?

Colter is beautifully oblivious. Wanting so much to believe that Regan is safe, and Agro has been halted, he ignores Finn’s constant skepticism at the risk of their friendship. Overlooking what is so clearly right in front of him, Colter passes off Regan’s outbursts of emotion on her recent trauma. Colter can feel Regan—his one exception to his retribution—slipping out of his arms, but fighting her to stay with him may not be an option.

Colter and Finn are now at odds, and there is a newly formed alliance between Kaiden and Exile Max. Will this group of Collectors be enough to fight off the new enemies and old threats that emerge in the battle for souls when Regan is broken, and their group is on the brink of self-destruction?

The lost will be found, the Collectors will be exiled, and the Elites will reign.


My Review

I read this sequel to Retribution because I already had it and I thought there was a possibility it could be better than the first book in The Lost Souls Series. It was slightly better, especially toward the end. But not enough so to elevate it above a two star rating in my opinion.

I think I hate Regan even more than I did in the first book. She continues to annoy me and her constant flip flopping behavior leaves me uncertain of who she really is. I liked Colter the first time around, but my feelings toward him have cooled considerably with this book. He walks around angry all the time, going off into rages and hitting people who are supposed to be his 'family', and he's completely oblivious that Regan, the girl who is supposed to be his soul mate, is struggling with losing her soul to darkness.

I liked Parker, who was at least a mostly consist character and a mildly interesting one. Although, I can't figure how his feelings towards Regan changed so abruptly. Or maybe they didn't. It's kind of hard to tell.

There were some nice twists in this book that I didn't expect. One thing Relinquish will do is surprise you. The story itself continues to be interesting and if I wasn't so put out with the characters, I probably would have rated the book higher.

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