*I’d like to thank the author for providing me a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.*
Oh wow, am I ever glad I read this second installment in the Alterations series! Whereas Lightning Rider was all about Evy discovering her abilities, and meeting the people that would play a huge part in her time-traveling life, this book was all about her becoming more confident in herself. It also involved some huge secrets, twists, and some science.
When I read Lightning Rider, I commented on how much I liked Evy. This didn’t change when I read Shadow Boxer. I actually liked her more. She didn’t have any moments where I thought she was being stupid. In fact, there were times when Evy did exactly what I would have done, and I just thought that was really awesome. I appreciate the fact that Evy never made herself less in any of her relationships, whether they were familial or romantic. And from the way this book ended, I can’t wait to seee how her character evolves even more.
The side characters in this book were pretty complicated. I really liked Constantine in this installment, although I did feel sorry for him since he did a lot of waiting for Evy to show up. I still totally loved Evy’s family, and the fact that they play an important part in her life. And then there was Ilif, who changed at the end of this novel, although I won’t say why or how. We also meet Nikola Tesla throughout the course of this story, and I actually really liked him, with all his eccentricities and brilliant ways.
The plot of this book followed Evy through a few alterations. Firstly, she had to save someone’s life who was very close to Constantine. However, the bulk of this novel was about an alteration where Evy had to get patents from Nikola Tesla, although she wasn’t quite sure what to do with them afterwords. There were a lot of secrets, and some characters turned out to be not quite what they always seemed to be. I found the story to be compelling and fast-paced, and I really like the easy way in which this series is told.
Overall, I definitely recommend this book to any fan of Lightning Rider. They won’t want to miss this portion of Evy’s journey, especially because of some of the character development that happens in this installment. My only real complaints about this book would be that the ending is a cliffhanger, and anyone picking it up may want to wait a bit closer to the release date of the third book, whenever that would be. I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a different type of heroine, as well as a unique type of world-building, and a cool take on time-travel.
From the moment she decided on a degree in Equestrian Studies, Jen Greyson’s life has been one unscripted adventure after another. Leaving the cowboy state of Wyoming to train show horses in France, Switzerland, and Germany, she’s lived life without much of a plan, but always a book in her suitcase. Now a wife and mom to two young boys, she relies on her adventurous, passionate characters to be the risk- takers.
Jen also ghost writes billionaire legacies and romance novellas when she’s not enjoying the wilds of the west via wakeboard or snowmobile.
She's a mama writer, unleashing stories.
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