Friday, January 4, 2013

Review: Luminaire

Luminaire (Florence Waverley, #2)

Title: Luminaire
Author: Ciye Cho
Format:  Ebook
Release Date: December 1, 2012
Source: From author for review

Goodreads Description:

Being the only human in a world of merfolk... isn't easy. Florence Waverley chose to stay in Niemela, but things have gone awry. Secrets have risen and the prince she cares about has pulled away. All the while, dark dreams warn her of a tragedy that only she can stop. But in order to save the merman she loves, Florence will have to enter the Life Path tournament: a brutal test of fear and madness.

The tournament is a rite of passage--a maze where young mermaids and mermen battle to find their purpose. It is also a place where Florence will face grave danger: mermaids with evil magic, tunnels filled with sea fire, and guardians who wish to use her as a pawn in their secret plans. But will Florence be strong enough to survive the tournament... or will she perish inside it?

Everything hangs in the balance: her life, her world, and her love.

("Luminaire" is the second book in the Florence Waverley series.

My Thoughts

I read Florence last year and absolutely adored it. It actually turned out to be one of my favorites for 2012! So when I got the opportunity to review Luminaire I knew I had to say yes even though my review list was already stressing me out. I did manage to get to it and I am so glad that I did. Once again, Cho created a story that had me completely captivated from beginning to end!

The imaginative world, Niemela, is both beautiful and interesting. The descriptions Cho use brings the world to life in such a way that I feel I have really been there. However, what really sets the world of Niemela apart is their politics. While it becomes apparent in Luminaire, that some of the system is broken, there is still much that can be learned from their world. I love the fact that everyone has to have a life path and make a contribution to the world. Unfortunately, like our world, there are always dirty politicians trying to cause disruption.

 I really enjoyed seeing Florence grow as a character in Luminaire. There were a couple of times that she let Rolan’s coldness get to her but for the most part she really grew in this installment. Florence continues to help Yolee and fight for peace and the good of Niemela even though many are still unkind to her. Florence doesn’t care what the others say about her but instead focuses on helping her friends and Rolan succeed.

I did get frustrated with Rolan in this book. The push and pull routine he did on Florence gave me whiplash and I really wanted to slap him. Still, Rolan is one of those characters that are so inherently good it is virtually impossible to really hate him. You can tell that he truly wants to be a good leader and wants to be there for Florence. I was happy that there were chapters told from his point of view so we could really see what he was thinking.

The storyline is Luminaire is a bit different than the one in Florence. There is more action and adventure in this one and little less of a love story. Don’t worry though, there is just enough of Rolan and Florence to keep you on the edge of your seat!

 The ending left me breathless and desperate for more! I cannot wait for the final installment of the Florence Waverly series. I am sure that Cho has many more twists, turns, and adventure coming! And of course, I have to know how things play out between Florence and Rolan!


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