Monday, July 22, 2013

Penumbras Blog Tour- Review and Giveaway

Welcome to this stop on Braden Bell's Penumbras blog tour! The author is offering up a $50 gift card giveaway. To enter fill out the rafflecopter form below. If you don't see it click 'read more'.

The Story-
Conner, his sister Lexa and Melanie are back in this sequel to The Kindling. They are in training, learning to master their skills as magi. But, because Dr. Timberi is injured, he can't train them properly. Plus, there is a dark shadow hunting them. Conner worries, because at first only he sees the dark shadow, and he is hearing voices in his head. Voices that want him to join the dark.

My Thoughts-

Okay, I have to say that I liked this book better than the first. The plot is more organized and the point-of-views don't swim around. It is a lot easier to follow. I do have a concern about the title, Penumbras. The reader actually needs to begin reading the story to find out what the title means (the grey area between light and dark).

Story wise, Bell does a great job bringing teenage woes to the forefront. Conner continually worries that he is destined to go dark. It affects everything he does and his relationships with his friends and family. I really like the ending of the story, where Conner looks inside his soul and makes his own decision.

His sister Lexa is a bit of a pill. She is very dramatic and upset about the relationship developing between Conner and Melanie. A true stubborn, jealous teenager.

And then we have my new favorite character- Pilaf. I love this guy. He is the oddball who suddenly shows powers, but is not a magi. One of my favorite parts of the story is finding out further information about who he is and what he can do.

The story ends with a cliff hanger that will have readers wanting book 3 right away. 4 Stars!

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  1. Thank you so much, Dorine. I appreciate your thoughts and your time! I'm glad the POVs didn't see as jumpy (I actually took that to heart from your review of Kindling and it was very helpful to me!). I'm in a camp today but when I get a break I'll post to all my social media.

    1. Sounds great. Thanks for including me in the blog tour :)

  2. Thanks for the review. I've never heard of this book before. I like cliff hangers!

  3. I look forward to reading Penumbras. It sounds like a fascinating book and I can't wait to get to know Pilaf- I have heard a bit about him today (he seems to be a favorite character of a lot of people). :) Love the cover!

    Great review!