Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Book #Review - Second Nature by Elizabeth Sharp

Amelia Hoffman always knew she would be with Nathaniel Peplow forever, but after they bonded everything started to go wrong. Nate treats her like the enemy, her siblings are in danger, and an old threat grows closer. As Nate pulls away and Amelia’s burgeoning friendship with a handsome stranger blossoms, she worries she made the biggest mistake of her life. If sorting out her love life wasn’t enough, a new drug emerges that not only threatens the ones she loves, but seems to be part of something larger than she could ever imagine. Amelia’s new and old friends must work together to not only save themselves, but the whole world.

I enjoyed reviewing the first book in Elizabeth Sharp's Forces of Nature series, Natural Selection, and the second book Second Nature did not disappoint. I already fell in love with the characters, and the Hoffmans are a unique family but still a supportive family.

The second book picks up right where the first left off. Even though I hoped there would be a "happily ever after" for the young couple, there are more twists and turns in store for them. Not only does this story put our beloved character in harms way, but the entire world is in danger.

A great YA read, the characters are well written and the action kept me me engaged and reading on. Whether you enjoy paranormal fiction or not, I recommend this book. Be sure to read this and the first installment to prepare for the final piece coming in the third book.

Here is an excerpt to wet your appetite:

“So what do you want to talk about?” Nate asked, looking away from me again.I scoffed, spreading my hands in disgust. “Oh, I don’t know. The weather? The price of tea in China? Or maybe the elephant in the room should be a priority.” I bit my tongue to keep more sarcasm from pouring out of me like venom. I hadn’t realized how much bitterness I harbored until I started to let it out, and now I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to hold it back. Wasn’t sure if I wanted to. 
“Do we have anything left to say?” he asked with a shrug. 
Tears threatened but I refused to let them even shine in my eyes. After all we had been through together, was there nothing between us? Was I hopelessly in love with a man who wanted nothing to do with me? He looked at me, and that warm golden glow I had come to recognize as his love washed over me. “Do you exist to contradict yourself?” I asked in exasperation. 
“What do you want from me, Amelia? You want me to tell you I love you. I do! Is that enough? No, it’s not! I’m not ready to be settled, to be the happy little gaia husband and make little gaia babies!” 
“I never asked for that.” My voice wavered, but I had to get the words out. “All I asked was to work it out together. I love you, Nate, but right now, I don’t like you very much. Are you trying to hurt me?” 
“You know I wouldn’t do that.” His eyes went wide in indignation. 
“How am I supposed to know, Nate?” My voice was dangerously quiet. He gaped at me, his attitude suggesting I was being deliberately obstinate. Nevertheless, I had to get a few things off my chest. “You abandoned me. You stuck around long enough to get my hopes up, then you disappeared. Every time you reappeared, it was with an attitude like you were doing me a favor. And now because I’m over it, I’m the bad guy?”

Good, right? Here are a few ways to connect with the author. Keep an eye out for details on when her 3rd book will be available.
Connect with Elizabeth Sharp:
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Here is the complete Interview/Review/ Excerpt schedule. Check out tomorrow's stop for an interview with the author.

April 11th-Going Crazy!! Wanna Go??!!  and Identity Discovery-Interview/Review
April 12th-The Kid’s Fun Review-review and My Mommy’s World-Review
April 13th-e-Reading on the Cheap-Interview and 365 Changes of Me-Review
April 14th-Reviewing Shelf-Review and Pretty Opinionated-Interview
April 15th-Generations of Savings-Review  and The Shopping Duck-Review
April 16th-More From Mom–Excerpt and Blondiez Babbles–Review and Day By Day in Our World-Review
April 17th-Reading It All-Review and Crafty Life-Guest Post
April 18th-For Him and My Family-Review and Taking Time for Mommy-Review and The Lucky Ladybug-Review
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