Thursday, November 22, 2012

Review: Deadly Intentions by Lisa Kuehne

Title: Deadly Intentions
Author: Lisa Kuehne
Publisher: Noble Young Adult
Publication date: May 21, 2012
Genre: YA, paranormal
Pages: 225 (ebook)
Source: From author for review
Series: True Intentions #2
1. True Intentions (review)
2. Deadly Intentions

Sixteen-year-old, Ava O'Brian's may have survived her ordeal with Satan, but her troubles are far from over. They're just beginning. Her premonition nightmares only create questions about her special ability; is she really capable of influencing good or is she truly creating something else—evil. Uncovering the truth behind her miraculous survival, and choosing between the two immortals fighting for her affection will reveal far more than she is expecting and expose her to Deadly Intentions.

When I first started this book, it took me a little while to get back into Ava’s world. I don’t think it was for any specific reason, just that it had been a while since I’d read the first book and a few story lines were melding together in my head. But eventually I was sucked back in and along for the ride.

I loved the plot line of this book. It’s really a good continuation of what happened in the first book. Ava is doubting her abilities to influence good because of her suicidal act. She’s convinced of this because she begins to have nightmares of terrible things happening. But when she wakes up, she realizes these things are true and she’s worried she’s causing them. The way the story unfolded was set out so well and paced perfectly. I definitely wanted to keep reading whenever I had to put the book down.

Another big problem for Ava is her growing attraction to William, and the fact that he and Sam hate each other with a murderous passion. I really enjoyed the dynamic between these three. Whether it was just Ava and William talking about her problems, or William and Sam attacking each other with words and fists, I found that the relationships were clear cut and well defined.

Considering this is a self-published novel, the writing wasn’t fantastic. I did have a few issues with it while I was reading, but not enough to deter me from the story. At this point (a couple weeks later), I can’t even remember what it was that irked me. Needless to say, the plot and the characters definitely won me over!

Although I don’t know the name of it or the publication date, I know there will be at least one more book in this series. There has to be; especially after what happened at the end. Things are much more complicated now than they were before. Hopefully Kuehne doesn’t take her time, because I want to know how this series will end!

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