Sunday, February 16, 2014

Rise of the Arcane Fire by Kristin Bailey

The Amusementists are all male and are scandalized when one of their members sponsors a young woman as a member.  All it needs is a second to make her a student.  She's afraid her dream is dead, and then the headmaster of the academy seconds it.  After the vote, Meg is determined to show them she can do it...

Simon Pulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this ebook for review.  It's the second in The Secret Order series.  I didn't read this first book and had no trouble understanding this one.  If you're big on background, you might want to read them both.  This one has been published and you should be able to find it at your local bookstore.

What Meg didn't anticipate is that Will would go to Scotland and leave her alone at the academy.  She's hurt by his actions but she doesn't have a lot of time to worry about it.  School is not easy or pleasant.  The boys ostracize her, she has no friends to do projects with, and it doesn't take long until she realizes that someone is sabotaging her work.  Who and why are the big questions in her mind but she doesn't have much time to worry about that.  Too much is going on and she has to keep moving quickly to stay ahead of danger.

Ms. Bailey writes a fast paced story with a bit of steampunk and lots of danger mixed in.  This is written for ages 14+ and it will hold their interest and intrigue them with possibilities.  There's also a bit of romance sprinkled in.  Meg finds that David is more charming than she thought and with Will away...  It will be interesting to see what the author does in the next book.  I'm rooting for Will!

Happy reading.

No comments: