Crux by Miranda Kavi
Series: Aurora Lockette #2
Also in this series: Flee
Publication Date: January 28th 2014
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I've been captured by the Shyama.
They've revealed their origins... and mine.
I will escape, I will live, and I will see Gavyn again.
After the Shyama brazenly kidnap Aurora in a crowded Las Vegas Casino, others in the Organization soon go missing. Her friends, family, and Gavyn sink into despair as hours pass into days with no leads, but Gavyn refuses to give up the search. During Aurora's captivity, she learns the terrible truth of the identity of the Shyama and her own kind. Worse yet, the Shyama have horrible plans that will destroy everyone she loves. Aurora needs an army to stop them. But first, she has to escape...
As with book 1, Flee, I ended this book feeling pretty ambivalent about the story. I finished it, but not much about it got me too excited.
Aurora ends up being more powerful than even she new, which wasn’t surprising but was frustrating. The resolution to the major conflict came about too abruptly and too easily. Even the final fight scene lacked the emotional punch I’m sure the author meant it to have. Mostly because it was extremely predictable.
I liked Gavyn, but he was treated almost as an after thought. He should have been pivotal to the plot, but instead he was just sort of there. Seeing things from his perspective – something we didn’t get in book one – should have helped, but it didn’t.
The book had potential. Had the author spent more time on the world and less on making Aurora perfect, I would have enjoyed this quite a bit more.
Upon further consideration both this book and the first one read like YA books. They both had the high-school-character vibe, even though the main protags are over 21.
2.75 out of 5