Thursday, December 3, 2015

#Thursday Review - Find Me If You Can by Vicki Leigh (Young Adult, Paranormal)

Series: Dreamcatchers # 2
Format: E-Galley, 255 pages
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quill Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

They may have won the first battle, but the Apocalypse has just begun.

Five weeks have passed since the battle that left Rome and Columbus in ruins. Sheltered in the hidden city of Caelum, Daniel and Kayla train alongside over one hundred Magus and Protectors, hoping that their unified ranks will be enough to take down their greatest threat yet: Richard, his followers, and his horde of Nightmares. Then a fallen comrade is returned to Caelum with a message carved into his chest and a note referencing the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Daniel knows their time for training is over.

Finally understanding Richard’s plans for Kayla and the three other Magus born on Halloween, Daniel and the rest of Caelum’s volunteers scout the U.S. in a desperate attempt to stop their enemy before he can unleash his first Horseman. But when massive attacks claim thousands of lives, people all over the world begin to fall ill—including those Daniel and Kayla care about the most.

With the Horseman of Pestilence released, Daniel knows it’s time to step aside and let Kayla take the lead. Only she has the power to rival her father’s. But when Richard’s plot turns out to be darker than they imagined, their fight is met with more death and destruction—and an enemy who might be unbeatable, after all.

Find Me If You Dare is the second installment in Vicki Leigh's Dreamcatcher series. This story is dark, bloody, and there is no one who isn't put into harm's way, including our hero. It is action packed, suspenseful, well plotted, and a very nicely paced read that anyone who likes dark fantasy can sink their teeth into. The main protagonist of this story is Daniel Graham, a Dreamcatcher & Protector who has been battling Nightmares for 200 years.

It has been five weeks since the battle for Rome and Columbus left the Protectors aligned with Witches and Warlocks under the leadership of Trishna. Daniel's allies find themselves sheltered in a city called Caelum while they look for clues on how to stop Richard, and bring in more allies to help stop the Apocalypse. Caelum is a city that was built from the ground up by Trishna's coven. Daniel must become a leader now that his organization has been tore up by betrayal and devastating losses.

Even though Daniel is the main protagonist and everything rides on his leadership and ability to keep his allies from abandoning ship, it is Kayla Bartlett who may be the secret weapon in the war against her father and his nightmares. Nightmares who have red eyes and claws that can easily rip a person apart. Kayla has come a very long way from the first book. She's gaining more and more confidence by the minute in learning how to her abilities that come from her father. 

If I have any regret in this entire novel, it was that we didn't get a chance to see the world through Kayla's eyes. That sounds strange coming from me, but yes I would have liked alternating narratives. We don't know the emotions she's really feeling since Leigh spends most of the time in Daniel's world. We don't really get how emotional this entire situation is for her knowing that her father is a bleeding megalomaniac who wants to destroy the world and her mother might be dead. 

Find Me If You Can is the perfect name for this story. It is a bit of a taunt by Richard Bartlett to Daniel and his allies Kayla, Seth, Ivan, Samantha, Tabbi, Lian, Bartholomew, and Nolan to fine him and stop him if they can. Richard is an evil, evil man who has no real redeeming qualities that I can figure out. He unleashes hell on earth, and truly believes nobody can stop him. That is totally fine with me. Sometimes a villain has to be dark as they come in order to make a story that much better.

Leigh has an interesting way of ending things, which, no, I will never spoil for anyone. Definitely hoping that means a third book is in the works. I loved that Nolan becomes more than a bit character this time around. Loved seeing that Kayla finally has accepted the truth about her powers and has the ability to use them to save the world. Shed more than a few tears this time around. Leigh is brutal when it comes to her secondary characters. I would think I would learn by now not to get attached to anyone for fear they won't make it to the ending.  

**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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