Review: The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Why I chose this book: 

After finishing The Burning Sky, I knew I had to pick up this automatic download ARC from Edelweiss. I had to know what was going to happen to Iolanthe and Titus! These books are just too good to pass up, and I’m so happy that I was able to snag an e-copy. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Publish Date: September 16th, 2014
Format: eARC
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
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After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother's prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future. (Goodreads)

3 things you should know about this book:

1. This is a sequel and should be treated as such.
When it comes to book series, I have a pet peeve: they should not be compared to each other. I don’t believe Mockingjay should be compared to The Hunger Games; they are two completely different parts of an overarching story, but they are different. I believe that goes for this series too. The Burning Sky is extremely different from The Perilous Sea. 

The pacing in this book is different, but GREAT! It flops between two time periods, which threw me off at first, but then became absolutely awesome

2. Adult characters have a roll too.
What I loved most about this book is that they gave an adult character a very important roll instead of leaving them all to teenagers. I think in YA lit, we sometimes forget that adults have rolls outside of parents and totalitarian regimes, and The Perilous Sea actually worked with that and utilized adults as major plot twists and gave them characters that would actually help their cause. I can’t say who this adult character was, but I will say that I am happy that Thomas put that character in this book.

3. Finale.
Oh my god. That finale. It was a fantastic last three pages. It ended with a major cliffhanger and will leave every single reader begging for next September. A more fantastic ending, I could not ask for. I was extremely impressed with how Thomas brought together two slightly different story lines and melded them so brilliantly and perfectly.

Final Thoughts:
Overall, this is a worthy sequel. I loved the first one, but I was happy that this one held such a different and incomparable pull for me. This was a different side of their story, and I loved reading every minute of it.

I gave this book 4 stars on my Goodreads.

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