First of all, let’s look at the cover – HOT, isn’t it? *ahem* This is the second book in Elizabeth Arroyo’s YA paranormal romance two book series and is out today. Liz is my critique partner so I got an early copy (pretends to not look smug) and I was excited to find out what would happen after the fast-paced first book.
Here’s the synopsis:
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.
The Second Shadow kicks off straight after the first book ends and we see how Jake and Gabby have coped. I was relieved to find them quickly thrown back together on a camping trip for naughty teens. We meet a lot of new characters in this book and I love how well-rounded they all are. I like how Gabby and Jake are meant to be together but so much stands in their way including their own stubbornness – who doesn’t enjoy a bit of forbidden love?
The book races by just like the first one did – it’s a fast-paced story which goes into more detail about Jake and Gabby’s past and the roles they play in the world of angels and demons. The apocalypse, Hell and death are pretty hardcore topics and as usual Liz doesn’t dumb anything down for teens, this is gory and dark but there is also humour and, of course, romance alongside to keep you hooked to the end like I was.
As with the first book, I think this will appeal to fans of Supernatural, the TV series thanks to its mix of dark supernatural thrills with some knowing humour mixed in. Liz is an author to watch – she has some great story-telling skills and I’m excited to read what she writes next.