Blog Tour - Evolution: SAGE (The Evolution #2) by Starla Huchton ~Adriana & Brianna's Reviews (Includes Giveaway!!)
After the devastating and cliffy ending of book one, I was anxious to get my hands in the sequel to one of my favorite books. Evolution: SAGE did not disappoint. This sequel brought back the sexy superheroes along with some kickass action and some new awesome super powers.
So this book starts off around the time book one ended. Candace is mourning the death of someone very close to her and dealing with the guilt of their death. Not only that, but those around her fear her power. It's not clear if Candy Cane will be able to get past all of this. But then, Jaxon comes in and that's when things start to change.
I loved both Jaxon and Candace in this book. Candace was once again a strong heroine and a natural leader; she's admirable. I adore Jaxon. He's the bad boy of the series and Candace love interest. His smartass comments had me cracking up and his sweet moments had me swooning. He's had feelings for Candace since the beginning. They've always had a love-hate relationship and their chemistry has been off-the-charts. I loved that we got to explore the 'love' part of their relationship further and we even get to see some of his past.
The action in this book was great. Some characters' powers change and evolve in this book making the actions scenes really interesting. It is also seen how much the characters have grown from the first book to this one. I also love the secondary characters and hope to see them in the future.
S.A. Huchton is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors with her unique characters and story lines. I HIGHLY recommend you read this series. Trust me, there's never a dull moment.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
After the brutal ending of Evolution: ANGEL, I couldn’t wait to get back to Candace and see how her story continued. When I finally was able to get back into the series, I found that this book was just as good as the first. There was romance, angst, and action in equal parts, and I had a really hard time putting this book down.
Candace did a lot of growing in this installment. After doing what she did in the end of book one, I was more than expecting her emotional reactions to things to be how they were in the beginning. I appreciated the fact that it took her time to get over everything, and i found it all very believable. The more Candace grew, the more I liked her. She became even stronger, since she had to overcome quite a lot.
The side characters were still interesting. Gabe was an awesome cousin and friend to Candace, and he went a long way in helping her recover. Then, there was Deborah. I really liked her, and am glad that she and Candace seemed to get closer in this book. Finally, there was Jackson. He was so great in this installment, because there was a lot more to him than his arrogant, jerk persona. I really appreciated that, and watching he and Candace build a romantic relationship was admirable, fun, and heartening.
The plot of this book was pretty awesome. It involved Candace’s recovery from the events in book one, some very intriguing new superpowers, Candace’s new romance with Jackson, and lots of actions scenes revolving around a rival superhero group called HEX. The pace of the book wasn’t terribly fast, but I found it believable, and it was hard for me to stop reading.
Overall, this was a really good sequel to Evolution: ANGEL. There was a lot of character development, new relationships formed, and some higher stakes for everyone involved. I definitely think that this was a worthy follow-up to book one, and highly recommend series readers to pick it up.
A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. Her first novel, THE DREAMER'S THREAD was released as a full cast audiobook podcast, becoming a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. After releasing short fiction of steampunk, noir fantasy, and other varieties, she released the first three books of the Sci-Fi Romance ENDURE series in 2013. All three books of the EVOLUTION series will be released in 2014, as well as a Steampunk Fantasy novel, MASTER OF MYTH (the Antigone's Wrath series, book 1), which was the first place winner of the Crested Butte Writers' contest, The Sandy, in 2012.
When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at designedbystarla.com.
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