Book Review: Crystal Fire by Jordan Dane

crystal fireSynopsis:

Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

A storm is brewing on the streets of LA, one that has intensified since a tragic and deadly confrontation claimed an innocent life.

While Gabriel Stewart trains his army of teen psychics to stop Alexander Reese–the obsessed leader of the Believers–the fanatical church becomes more bent on the annihilation of all Indigo and Crystal children. They’re silencing the voices of the telepathic hive, one soul at a time, with frightening experiments cruelly executed on vulnerable minds.

When the Believers torture a mysterious homeless boy, Oliver Blue, they brainwash him into betraying his own. The boy becomes a deadly pawn to take Gabriel down. As the fires of chaos burn around him, Gabe is running out of time. He’ll need to confront his past–and the man who made him–before the hope of peace for the future is silenced forever.

About the Author: jordan dane

Avon/HarperCollins launched Jordan Dane’s debut suspense novels in a back to back publishing event in Spring 2008 after buying the 3-book series in auction. Pursuing publication since 2003, Jordan had received awards in 33 national writing competitions and was an energy sales manager in the oil and gas industry prior to selling. Now she is following her passion and writes full time.

Ripped from the headlines, Jordan’s gritty plots weave a tapestry of vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. She loves challenging a reader’s moral barometer with the borderline ethics of her characters and their flawed personalities—dark, angst-ridden antiheroes pitted against unforgettable villains. Publishers Weekly compared her intense pacing to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag—”romantic suspense that crosses over into plain thriller country with tight plotting and exceptional male characters, both bad guys and good.”

Jordan and her husband share their residence with two cats of highborn lineage and the spirit of an intelligent canine who is impossible to forget.

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My Review:

Crystal Fire is the second in a series, and you really do need to read them in order. Fortunately I was kindly given access to both ARCs, so I didn’t miss out on essential plot points.

I’ve not read much YA recently and I must admit that I found myself missing the innocence and teen angst that it usually brings. Crystal Fire does cover both of these facets nicely but, unfortunately does fall into the harsh female teen stereotype all too quickly. Rayne gets a bit annoying in book 1, but does bounce back somewhat in book 2. I guess it starts the whole ‘Bella’ debate off again. Twilight was hugely popular – there’s no denying it. I actually really enjoyed the books, but I hated Bella as the protagonist. She was just so annoyingly wet! And Rayne does echo that.

From a writer’s perspective, the POV jumped around a lot. I actually don’t like this in books (just my personal opinion) I have a massively small attention span and if I have to concentrate too hard on keeping up with too many character stories, I tend to get bored. A good book should focus on what needs to be said and scenes that move the characters and themes forward without the reader being conscious of the push. I felt it might have been better to limit the POV to just two characters and tell it first person – thus making you feel more for them and their situation.

The front covers are very pretty – I was instantly drawn to them. However they don’t say much about the inside of the books and so let down the overall storyline, which I thought was actually very inventive.

Overall I’d give Crystal Fire 3 out of 5 stars. A decent teen read that ticks all the boxes.

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