Stella and Sol #2
by Kimberly Loth
Source: Purchased eBook
Stars: 3.5 out of 5
Zwaantie enters Stella with only one goal—find Phoenix and run away. Only she discovers that Phoenix has disappeared—without her.
Stella is unlike anything Zwaantie has ever experienced. From the bright lights to the moving pictures, it’s all overwhelming. The moment she steps foot in the country she wants only one thing—to go home.
Her plans go awry when Leo reveals to her the real reason he needs to marry her—to thwart an awful prophecy and save his sister’s baby from the flesh eating monsters. Not only that, but the Voice has somehow followed her into Stella and wants her dead. She can’t go home.
Trapped in a world where her every move is on display, engaged to a man she doesn’t love, and with death around every corner, Zwaantie seeks solace in newfound friends and magic she never believed possible.
Will Zwaantie rise as the powerful princess she should be and do the right thing or will she forsake all for her own happiness?
I liked this book, just not as much as I hoped I would. There were some good things, but there were some things that I had a problem with. Maybe it was just me though.
A little warning for those of you who are concerned about sexual content. This book doesn’t have anything graphic in it, but there are repeated talks of premarital sex and multiple partners.
Things I liked:
- The world-building is awesome! I loved it so much. Especially compared to Sol, Stella was a fascinating mix of always night and magic. It was well done.
- This will contradict a point I have below, but at one point Zwaantie was really strong. She took charge and made things happen that possibly saved two lives. I just wish she could have been more like this through the rest of the book.
- Sage is a really cool character. I wish we actually got to see her kick some butt like I know she can. She’s a little quirky which is always fun to see, but she cares too which I like about her.
- The vipers were a nice touch. I liked the development of them in the book. They would totally freak me out in real life, lol!
Things I didn’t like:
- Zwaantie was a little whiny in this book. She was always talking about what she didn’t like and what she couldn’t have. Now, I know she was coming from a hard situation, but I just wanted her to be like, this sucks–now what am I going to do about it? I wanted her to face the hardness and take it on instead of mostly complaining about it.
- Like the last book, it’s a little short. I was expecting it this time so it didn’t bother me as much, but I still wanted more descriptions to make the story longer.
- Twists weren’t very twisty. I saw them coming so, yeah. Never a happy thing.
- The romance was lacking. I wanted more and from a different source than it came from. I guess I’m all right with where it’s going, but it’s kind of hard when it’s thrown in book two with no warning in book one as to what direction it’s going to take.
- All the deaths/missing persons happens from afar. I would have liked to have seen it up close so we could be more invested in it.
- The end was very abrupt. I should have guessed it from the last book, but it’s really annoying having it cut off out of no where.
Despite my problems with the book, I’m eager for the next book which comes out in May. I think it will be better than this one if several of my guesses about where it’s headed are correct. There’s enough invested in the story that I want to know more. I just hope Zwaantie is ready to be a strong character. I would recommend this book to anyone who read the first books and wants to continue the series, or for YA Fantasy lovers that want some quick reads to pick up the first book and then this one.
Have you read this book? What did you think? Do you have plans to start the series?