Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ARC Review: Stormfront by K.R. Conway


Summary: Not long ago Eila Walker’s choices were limited: death by a bullet to the head, or at the hands of her beloved bodyguard, Raef. Now, five weeks after Raef triggered her power and she nearly leveled a historic mansion, Eila is dealing with the fall-out of her decisions. While she doesn’t remember dying in the arms of the soul thief who loves her, she knows that Raef remembers everything about the night he nearly killed her.

Now on the mend and attempting to keep one step ahead of the FBI, Eila and her team of misfits are desperate for a bit of normal. Eila is trying to navigate high school, while her BFF Ana is cautiously hanging with past-boyfriend and soul thief, Kian. Shape-shifter, MJ, is trying not to piss off his mother, while Raef is coping with his fears that Eila will never be safe.

But just as “normal” seems within their grasp, a powerfully built newcomer arrives. Raef knows the scarred man as a Blacklist Dealer – a soul thief, who peddles the names of humans who deserve to die. Eila, however, knows him as the protective hunter from the woods, who she nicknames Thor. Before long, Raef and Eila realize they’ve met the same killer, and he has one hell of a story to tell the five friends . . . if Raef doesn’t murder him first.

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**This is book 2 in the Undertow series. You can read my review of book 1 HERE**

**I received a copy from the author & Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Initial Thoughts: Um wow. I didn't think anything could surpass the first book because it was so well done but boy was I wrong! It was even better. Not to mention a cliffhanger for an ending? *evil smile* My favorite.

The Characters & Story: The stakes definitely seemed higher in this book. Eila knows she needs to learn/come into her abilities before it's too late. Raef is still hurting from having to kill Eila from the ending in the first book and not knowing what to do with himself because he loves her and always wants to protect no matter the cost. All the characters really step up and become better and stronger people because they know that they aren't going to have a normal life or relationships with at least their current situation. Especially Eila because she refuses to rely on others to defend her. She wants/was able to pull her own weight and help all her other friends in all the mystery and struggles they go through!

The book alternates POV between Eila and Raef and this really added a lot more information and more emotion and connection between the characters. You get to see the struggles everyone is having because there is so much love for everyone that everyone wants to protect each other. But it's hard to protect the ones you love when you also have to let them make their own decisions even when they go against your better judgement.

The other main characters - MJ, Ana, Kian - were still as funny and strong as in the first book. They all add a lot of depth and characterization to the story that it would be completely different without them. They all have parts and they all work and fit together to help create this great story. Not to mention the new character, Rillian, added great plot twists and information to the story and I absolutely loved him.

The Romance: Eila and Raef's connection and love became even bigger and better in this book. They already had a wonderful relationship from the first book and it only grew and developed in this one. They matured in their love and stepped up their relationship love and I truly loved every second of these two together. 

End Thoughts: This book was just absolutely amazing. There was so much action and suspense and romance. Some questions were answered but even more would pop up. I was so into the book that when the ending came around, I just couldn't believe it was actually over. I wish I had the next book already because it just keeps getting better and better with each page starting with the first book. 5 stars!

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