Burning Emerald (Cambion Chronicles #2)

Burning Emerald (Cambion Chronicles #2)
By Jaime Reed
Published on May 29, 2012
Published by Kensington Teen
Source: ARC from Publisher

Summary taken from Goodreads:

Coping with loss, keeping secrets from friends, and juggling classes has kept Sam Marshall busy in her senior year. She finds comfort in her unlikely companion, Caleb, as their connection grows to where one cannot survive without the other.

But Sam’s biggest problem is a powerful enemy that wants her for himself and to destroy Caleb and his family. Determined to keep Caleb safe, Sam fights a battle where she is both the enemy and the prize, but victory will come at a deadly price

The Cover:  What I love most about these covers is that there is no blonde white girl with a flowing dress on.  I have read a few books where the main character is not white and yet they are portrayed as white on the cover, and it is annoying.  I love the simplicity of these covers, but I could see how they could turn readers off- they really don't say anything about the story.

The Characters:  I love Samara (Sam).  I think she is a realistic, down to earth character.  She is not skinny, she is not considered pretty by her classmates, and yet she still has powers and a wonderful love story.  I loved that we got to know Capone and Lillith better in this book- I will that where is is, because I don't want to spoil any of the book.  I also loved the introduction of Tobias into the storyline.  I love that he is not a "wounded bad boy" but a true bad guy that doesn't want Sam for geniune reasons, rather for sinister reasons.

The Story:  I was a little lukewarm about Living Violet (the first book), but I wanted to give this book a try because the storyline is so unique compared to everything else out there right now- I am so glad I did.  This book was much more action packed than the last book (and that says something because the first book had a ton of action).  I loved the drama and the huge twist the author put at the end of the story- I can't wait to read the third book to see how this all ends!

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