The Search for the Crystal Key by Eileen Sheehan
Tara continues her journey in this continuation of Dark Escape.
Publisher’s Description: When Tara and Brandon travel through time back to the Civil War era to rescue her brother from the dark demons, she discovers her doppelganger, Lucy, is lying in a trance awaiting the return of her soul, which Tara is using. With the soul in close proximity to both doppelgangers, things get pretty sticky… but, not just for the soul!
It turns out Brandon is a time traveler who is engaged to Lucy, but also loves Tara. So, not only does the soul have to choose between Lucy and Tara, so does Brandon! With any luck, through magic they’ll find a way for both Tara and Lucy to use the soul at the same time, but Brandon will still have to make a choice.
Through it all, they race to find the crystal key that controls the portal to the dark side before the dark side finds it first. Adventure, danger, heartache, deceit, discovery, magical wars, and new found love await as they continue THE SEARCH FOR THE CRYSTAL KEY. THE SEARCH FOR THE CRYSTAL KEY is a continuation of DARK ESCAPE.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Luna Lovebooks says…
What I liked: Maggie is in this novel (in a sense), but it is the new characters that I enjoy most in this novel: Luella, an evil sorceress who is really good at heart and Adam, a shifter, are two of my favorites, even if they are part of the dark side. I still like that this is an original idea with bits of sci-fi (time travel) thrown in with the paranormal/fantasy elements.
There was lots of action in this novel! Just as Tara and the other characters would overcome one obstacle another was thrown in their way. The fact that the first chapter is a refresher on what happened in the first book was interesting. Normally in a series the refreshers happen throughout the book, so it was unique.
What I didn’t like: The fact that Tara still acts like she’s in her mid thirties and not 19 still bothers me (we all have our quirks right?). I was able to over look that more in this book, though, as Tara isn’t featured as much as in the first book. There are still some mechanical errors that could easily be fixed, like the wrong word being used here or there and a contraction used where it shouldn’t be; but they don’t distract from the story too much (unless that happens to be one of your quirks). There were a few spots that dragged despite the action, but if you can make it through those, then it picks up again.
Even though I enjoyed this novel the aforementioned problems have me rating this novel a three.
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