Southern Vampires, Kick-Ass Heroines, and Sadistic Families

 

After reading the first book in the Sanctum series, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect: war, crazies, supernaturals, and some kick-ass heroines. And the second book delivers. We get to see more of Jools, who quickly matures as the Clayworths and their Sanctum allies prepare for war against the Breslins. Her relationship with Ryker gets more developed, which I love. And we get to see more of Darby Winthrop, who is quickly becoming my favorite character with her Southernisms and attitude. And we meet Dev’s teacher for the first time, as well as learn about the Ramyan warriors, who trained her. One thing took me by surprise in the book: it seemed to me that there was significantly more sex and other risque scenes in the second than in the first. However, it does make sense. Darby was always quite a lascivious character, so if you see more of her, then there’s going to be some racy scenes. And since the majority of The Boy takes place a year after The Girl ended, it’s no surprise that as the characters got older, without breaking up, they wouldn’t be sticking to just kissing.

All complaints I have is for the small stuff, and kind of superficial. Aside from a couple of typos, and the use of “taught” when it should be “taut”, at one point in the book the phrase “could care less” was used. This is a personal pet peeve of mine, because even though people drop the last two letters of ‘couldn’t’ when talking, and they can get away with it, it bugs me to see it in books, because if you’re saying you could care less, you’re saying you care. After all, if it’s possible to go lower on the care spectrum, then you have to care a little. The phrase “couldn’t care less”, however…

But like I said, that’s just a personal pet peeve of mine, and luckily it was used only once I. I think The Boy is a great follow-up to the first one, and an enjoyable and satisfying read, which is pretty impressive, since it’s hard for me to like sequels as much as first book. (Seriously, I wasn’t even a fan of Catching Fire). I think Sanctum fans will love this book just as much as the first.

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