Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Interesting. How roles have shifted and personalities changed. The girl has not completely shaken off the tendency to want what she doesn't have. In book one, she was stuck in Citizen Cane, unsure how to keep things going; but in book two, we're still allowed glimpses of that; but more than her keeping the household going- here, it's her wondering over how to keep the new version of herself ( that version that River had awoken) going. So she's still fanciful, but there's more emphasis given to the idea that if anyone was going to see things through, it'd be her.
Yet, the magical here is too easily accepted; in fact, things take place too easily. Hear a mysterious radio program says so and so is happening? Well, guess where we're headed! Stumble upon mentions of fiery red hair sighted? Guess where we're going next! For such a smart lead in the first, here that same attribute felt little exercised--- she was just following a too conveniently laid out trail. (It's the one thing that I found out of place.)
Fortunately, other aspects of the book made up for that. First, that shift previously mentioned- in how she could be. Second, the added bonus given the complication of Neely. It's surprising really... how he picks up where River left off because the ensuing confliction created in her over them--- it was not as annoying a 'love triangle' (if you can call them that) that it could have been. Mainly because there's introspection and actual consideration on her part about not just who they each were, but who they each were for the other. It's that she questioned, wavers, then gets back to it... but at least she questioned.
Thank you, E!
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