As I enjoyed the first book, I looked forward to reading this one - I enjoyed this one too but nothing in the 'wow' region, although all the mind stuff started getting to me for some reason. I will explain further on.
I loved both characters, Faith Nightstar and Vaughn. This time round Faith being the Psy, an F-Psy (Foresight) one of the rarest, most talented and highly paid Psy. We are talking in the region of billions, keeping her family cared for in more ways than one. Vaughn is a sentinel jaguar (shape shifter) from the DarkRiver leopards. Yep, he's the only jaguar among them. Faith's life is one of segregation though. She has no contact with the outside world, lives her life, such as it is, in what surmounts to something close to a prison and is constantly being checked on and probed by the M-Psy (medical). She's been taught that this is the only way she can live as contact with others would be too overwhelming and prove to be her downfall. Tell someone something often enough and they believe it.
Upon hearing from her father that her sister has been killed, strangled actually, Faith starts having nightmares where she sees, and is made a part of the murderer's actions. These nightmares often take over her being putting Faith in a coma. This is the dangerous part as the length of time in a coma is not predictable. This is presumably the exact outcome the murderer is aiming for.
Taught to shun, as all Psy's are, emotions that is, Faith is starting to realise that Vaughn is the only one who is able to 'save' her from these nightmares by his touch. They first meet after one of Faith's episodes where she decides to seek out Sascha Duncan and hopefully gain some answers. Feral and dangerous, Vaughn feels an instant attraction to Faith and can't help but keep touching her. It's a struggle for Faith, as touch is what could send her toward a downward spiral. Vaughn, hardly one to listen at the best of times, continuously pushes the boundaries believing that Faith is so much more than what's been brain washed into her. Vaughn isn't without a problematic past and one that includes the loss of his sister for whom he could do nothing. Working together they come to realise that her sister's murderer is not only present in her mind, he exists and using his mind to infiltrate Faith's is just another way to torment her. The hunt is on to find him.
An enjoyable read, interesting characters and still interesting plot line. However, I still found it confusing regarding the PsyNet etc. Most times, its easy to follow, but other times, it becomes so technical that I find myself sighing. It stops the flow in the story and once again I find myself having to re-read a certain part here or there. I am happy to say that I am not the only one who feels this way, as Suzanne has been reading along with me and before I even said anything, she agreed with my sentiments regarding the PsyNet. I honestly thought that after the first book, you know, getting over all the 'intricate' explanations, I would find it easier. I didn't really. Still, I will pick up the third book in the series at some later stage and hope that it becomes easier to grasp. Hmm, its not that it's that hard to grasp, it's just too involved - information overload. Funny thing is that it's highly explanatory so it's not like you are left NOT knowing what's what. Maybe it's the fact that it's too explanatory that it eventually confuses me. Happens. Maybe it's not for everyone, but that could be said for every book out there. To each his own.
One thing I always enjoy and that's a HEA.
RATING: 3 STARS
RATING: 3 STARS