Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Review: Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Series: For Darkness Shows the Stars #2 (Companion novel)
Pages: 464
Received: Received a copy from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: October 15, 2013
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Goodreads Synopsis:

Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.

My Review:

Dear Diana Peterfreund, please never stop writing your stories. Your characters are all so easy to fall in love with, and the story is beautiful and emotional. These books are hands down my favourite stories and will always have a special place in my heart.

I fell in love very quickly with For Darkness Shows the Stars, and Across A Star-Swept Sea delivers the same kind of story that readers will love just as much. This book is different in many ways, and you don't need to read For Darkness Shows the Stars to understand the story... but you do see some returning characters in this book to tie them together.

I loved the characters in this book, especially Persis. She is a strong character and has a great attitude, I loved the way she was there for the princess and how easily she hid her motivations from everyone around her except for those that helped her. I loved the relationship her and Justen had, they are always unsure about each other and yet grow closer as they learn about each other. Justen on the other hand is a character that is intriguing and yet you are unsure about his motivations and why he is so intent on doing what he was.

 I think Diana Peterfreund does a beautiful job with romance in her books, she keeps you guessing about what is happening between the two characters and she really has the romance grow over the course so that it actually makes sense as to why these two fall in love. This book is very political, and I liked that we got to see both sides of the coin and how it affected the others. I was really interested in the storyline of the princess and how she handled herself amidst all the doubt surrounding her.

This is one book that as soon as I finished it, I hugged it because of how much I loved everything I had just read. Everything about this book was amazing and so much fun to read, and definitely puts Diana Peterfreund high up on my authors I love list! I hope to see more of this world that Diana has created!!

For more information on Diana Peterfreund and ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA check out the HarperCollins Canada website!

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