Monday, January 20, 2014

Review: The Second Sign Series by Elizabeth Arroyo

Title: The Second Sign (The Second Sign #1)
Author: Elizabeth Arroyo
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release Date: February 7, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn't expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love. But Jake is quickly drawn to the eerie beauty of her violet eyes while Gabby is unsettled by their undeniable connection.

When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not a demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.

As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever.

The Second Sign is an interesting story about demons and angels and what they are capable of.  Gabby isn't sure what she's supposed to be.  The second twin that wasn't supposed to live, she's a loner with a temper.  When her latest fight gets her banished to the lake house she meets Jake - and something unexpected happens - which leads to a lot more unexpected things happening. She finds she has a very important part to play in upcoming events, but she's not sure it's the part she wants.

All of the main characters in this book were so easy to fall in love with.  Gabby especially as she seems to be getting the short end of the stick over and over again.  You can't help but root for her to come out on top.  The world building for the angels and demons was great.  They came to life and had you wondering if they really were here all along and we just don't know it.  A very eventful story there was lots going on.  At the end it got to be a little too much and it was a little hard to follow all the resolutions and such as they came one after the other.  It was quite the climactic ending.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Title: The Second Shadow (The Second Sign #2)
Author: Elizabeth Arroyo
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release Date: September 5, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Jake thought being demon meant a shredded humanity, stripped of all human emotion. Chaos and self-preservation dominates a demon’s instincts. But Jake feels every ounce of pain and despair around him. 

And it’s driving him deeper into Hell.

Gabby’s choice to save him last summer left a fissure in Hell’s gate that released a malevolent evil. When Jake’s given a mission by the demons to shadow a human girl who may know the whereabouts of an ethereal weapon, he doesn’t expect to see Gabby. But Fate has her own agenda.

When Jake and Gabby are thrown together on a camping trip with a group of delinquent teens, Jake begins to grapple with the haunting choices he made in the past. When the evil finds them, the group begins to battle for their lives, alliances are made, and truths revealed. 

As the evil begins to influence Jake, he questions his link to the demons, his purpose, and his love for Gabby. 

But the answers to those questions are only found in Hell. And it may cost him his soul.

Book two in The Second Sign series picks up shortly after book one's crazy ending.  There are so many reveals and resolutions that just cause more questions and problems to come up.  Gabby is trying to figure out what she has become and is sent to a new high school for troubled teens.  Of course, Jake turns up there as well.  With a whole new cast of characters, this one made it a little easier to keep them all straight, and not all of them need to be remembered.  

The group is sent on a camping trip that turns into a trip to hell with something stalking the campers.  Now I know this sounds like a bad horror flick - but it really isn't.  This is all about Jake and Gabby facing what they have become and trying to decide what they are going to do about it all.  (Although the bugs did seriously creep me out.)  Again we have a lot of information that is wrapped up very well, but somewhat fast at the end.  I had to read it a couple times to make sure I kept it all straight.  This is a fantastic series so far.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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