Tuesday, 6 January 2015
The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe Review!
Title : The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant
Author : Joanna Wiebe
Pages : 320
Published : January 20th 2015
Publisher : BenBella Books
Source : Netgalley
Purchase : Amazon / iTunes
Life and death, light and dark, spirit and flesh-on Wormwood Island, the lines are always blurred. For Anne Merchant, who has been thrust back into this eerily secretive world, crossing the line seems inevitable, inescapable, destined.
Now, as Ben finds himself battling for the Big V and Teddy reveals the celestial plan in which Anne is entwined, Anne must choose: embrace her darkly powerful connection to a woman known as Lilith and, in doing so, save the boy she loves...or follow a safer path that is sure to lead to Ben's destruction at the hands of dark leaders. Hoping the ends will justify the means, Anne starts down the slippery slope into the underworld, intent on exploring the dark to find the light. But as the lure of Lilith proves powerfully strong, will Anne save others-only to lose herself?
My Thoughts :
Anne is thrust back into the world she thought she had left for good. Teddy brings her back to Wormwood on the pretext that her mother sent him to bring her back. When she returns, it feels like all she did was for nothing. After the events of the last book, Ben is now a student and has to compete in the Big V, the island has been turned over to Cania Christi and Pilot is back. The only good thing is that Villicus is no longer headmaster and is replaced by Dia Voletto, whom seems a lot better than Villicus.
Anne now has to help Ben win the Big V and try to destroy Cania Christy so no-one else has to go through it. She also must figure out why the new headmaster has such an interest in her and just who are the new teachers. Annes life is about to change forever!!
I loved the first book, The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant (see my review HERE) so when I saw this on Netgalley I jumped at the chance to read it. All I can say is wow, if you liked book 1 then you will love this. It was amazing!
Anne is back and better than ever. She returns to the island and feels like all she did was for nothing. While she defeated Villicus he is still there, just not the principal anymore. Her dad is now working for the island and Ben is a student. Everything looks grim and she doesn't know what to do. Ben only has this year to be in the running for the Big V or suffer the consequences. Anne wants Ben to give the Big V his all but he just wants to spend his time with Anne. She wont stand for that and as she learns some truly surprising things, she does something for him that will help him be in the running. Anne was so stronger in this book. She knows whats at stake now and will do anything she can to help Ben win. She learns some things about herself that will make or break her but will she be able to battle both the inner demons and outer ones??
The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant was such a roller coaster. Secrets upon Secrets were revealed and we find out some truly surprising things. You never know if someone is who they are supposed to be and it's hard to trust anyone. I devoured the book and was left gasping with some of the things revealed. This book played with my emotions but in a good way. I mean, come on!! Molly, Teddy, Dia and Anne all have things revealed that I didn't see coming!! Lol. So much happens in such a short time that it leaves you reeling.
Anyway, The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant was amazing. An extremely fast paced and engaging plot with some truly surprising twists, this book is a must read. Its one heck of a second book and while it answers a lot of questions, we are still left with more also add in the extra characters and their stories, well lets just say that I need book 3 like yesterday. Its jam packed with action, magic, secrets, twists, and basically anything you want in a great read. There's so much I want to talk about but I can't because of spoilers so all I'll say is you need to read this series!! It's such a unique and amazing series and one that captured my heart. This is one of my favourite reads this year and I so can not wait to see what happens next. It's a must read series!!