Sequels by Reece Evhans & Karin Boutall

With a grade 2 sprain to my ankle this has been a weekend for reading and very little else! As I’m close to finishing my second book I decided to have a look at the sequels published by a couple of the authors I’ve discovered through WordPress. Here are my thoughts:

‘The Charge of a Star’ is the second book in the Seeker Series by Reece Evhans and picks up perfectly where the last left off. Ally is in Ireland looking for answers regarding her developing psychic powers. However, the sweet old ladies who make up the seer council have a slightly different agenda and Ally heads back to Albuquerque with more to think about than she was bargaining for. It’s not long before her powers plunge Ally headlong into another dangerous adventure and a quest to resolve a past crime.
As with the first book in the series, Ally’s character is superbly drawn – her inner thoughts give the reader insight into a charming quirky teenager struggling to make sense of her situation.
The relationship with Jack (who has his own problems to deal with) continues to evolve and grow in this book too, including all the drama and uncertainty teenage romance brings.
The supporting cast are not just present but developing themselves that little bit more: Grams, Mum (plus new boyfriend), Tara and Megan all add colour to Ally’s world and are much more than just plot drivers.
This is a great story that will be enjoyed by a wide range of readers. Well written, funny, romantic and deeply intriguing.

The second sequel I treated myself too was ‘When Flowers Weep’. The second garden suspense mystery by Karin Boutall returns to Sand Hill Cove where Joan and her friends are trying to solve the mystery of the disappearing bees.
This sequel has all the winning elements of the its predecessor: the relationships between the friends and the hint of romance; the angst of a mother watching her teenage son cope with growing up (and learning the lifelong lesson that if a person doesn’t care for your cat they’re not worth bothering with!) and the strong thread of friendship and community support that makes this series so appealing.
The mystery element of the book kept me guessing and the gradual revealing of the answers was very satisfactory.
This is a lovely series and has seen me nicely through my third immobile day!

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