Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe

The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant (The V Trilogy, #2)
The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe
Pub: 1/20/2015
Pgs: 320
ARC provided by NetGalley, Edelweiss and The Author's Marketing Department

“Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.”-Nietzsche

The second book of Wiebe's The V Trilogy was an impressive sophomoric release.  Normally the biggest challenges for authors and readers is getting through the second book.  Normally nothing happens in these books, but information overload.  That was not the case in this book.  Anne has been brought back to Cania Christy by Teddy.  Her rebellious acts in the end of the first book with Ben, has literally brought down Hell.  Mephistopheles is no longer the head master, and the new one, Dia, is something to look at.  Now Anne has to deal with all the backlash, Ben's punishment, her father's punishment, and eventually the truth of her origins. 

I did not see that coming at all.  The fact that Anne seems unimportant in the first book is notable.  Why is everyone in a tizzy about  her?  In the second book, all is revealed, including why Dia really came to Cania Christy, and Anne's connection to Hilltop (Mephistopheles).  I personally liked the twist; however, I did not like what ended up happening with Dia.  Hopefully Anne doesn't become one of these YA heroines that start acting before really thinking.  The ending seemed to be an ending; however, since this is a trilogy I have no clue (except for one, connected to Ben) as to what the third book will have in store for readers.  I like that a lot about this author, she subtly twists the readers out of their prescribed notions and hits them with surprises.  Very glad that I read this book, and was given the opportunity to read it early.  Anne might be okay, but she is definitely not done saving her loved ones and her soul.

4.5 stars!

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