This is the second installment of Preternatural, and I enjoyed being back in Meadowsville. There was not as much action throughout this book as the first one, but it had more character growth. The vibe of ‘evil never dies’ rings true throughout the entire novel, and yet I was rooting for it to die and let the people of Meadowsville finally have some peace.
An excellent addition to this book that many sequels don’t show was the characters’ trauma from the first book. The story takes place 15 years after the first novel, which sounds like a long time. However, when dealing with mental health (PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc.), 15 years is a blip. It was refreshing that the author kept true to life in the respect that the characters would have lingering effects from the first book’s events.
This installment is setting up for something big in the final novel. The characters have faced evil more times than any person should, and it isn’t over yet.
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This book had a really interesting storyline and is a a great read for the teenager in your life that loves all things horror. At first it seems as though the monster is a vampire and yet he really isn’t. There are vampire-esque qualities but there is so much more t
o it than that. It was interesting reading the first few chapters getting to know the characters and trying to determine which ones would play the biggest roles in the book.
It doesn’t take long before you get to figure that out and I was surprised to find out who would be a main monster lead. There was great friendships developed in the book that made it all the more interesting to see how they either grew or deteriorated as the book progressed. The ending had some of what I expected but took on a life of its own with pieces that I was not expecting. Don’t worry I won’t ruin it for you but just know that there is more than you will expect.
Underlying all of this monster hunting and murder is a tale of a teenager overcoming his anxiety and trauma. It was interesting to read how this character developed from a kid who was scared of speaking with girls to someone who stood up against the great evil.
Overall I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next installment.
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