Asylum (Causal Enchantment, #2)
K.A. Tucker; Kindle Edition
Published December 29th 2011 by Papoti Books (first published December 12th 2011)
Tucked away in Sofie’s wintery asylum with no hope of release for years, Evangeline must come to terms with her situation: the curse still plagues her, she’s now hunted by a two thousand-year-old vampire, and the guy she’s in love with tried to kill her. Plus, she’s locked up with a cranky Max and the Forero kids—two people everyone seems to prefer dead over alive. Things aren’t looking good.
Meanwhile, back in Manhattan, Sofie struggles to keep forty trapped and bloodthirsty Ratheus vampires at bay and a desperate Viggo from killing Evangeline’s friends, all while hints stir outside the walls of the NYC vampire asylum of a war brewing between the Sentinel and the witches.
Is there any hope for Evangeline and Caden? Can Sofie control the rival powers? Is the fate of Earth predestined? Find out in Book 2 of the Causal Enchantment series, a sequel to ANATHEMA.
Yessss!! Finally read book #2 of this series, I was totally looking forward to it and I wasn’t disappointed. As you may recall, Anathema [Goodreads link], book #1 of the series made it on my Top 10 Book of 2011, so my enthusiasm regarding book #2 was pretty obvious right there, plus it was one of my Top 10 Books I’m Looking forward to in 2012 – well, here it is now 😀
So, let’s get down to business, shall we? I will firstly address something you all know I need to talk about, and that is the cover. Man, what a gorgeous cover!! I’m fangirling over it like there’s no tomorrow, you can be sure of that. Totally gorgeous cover!! Now that I got that out of my system, let’s move on to the book, lol.
Where Anathema had a dynamic plot as well, I find it centered more on the Eve – Caden relationship (and for a romantic like myself that’s more of a plus I will admit ), Asylum is more of an adventure, filled with twists and turns and all kinds of unexpected, but not at a rabid pace – this is, again, a plus for me. I know, it doesn’t sound very hardcore of me, but I’m just not much into crazy-paced booming action, I never was really. Give me interesting without the blasts, you know? Asylum is interesting; the twists of the plot are really imaginative and original, though it could have relied steadily on the notion of “vampire” or on a love tangent, it focuses on creative twists and turns of events, and I loved that a lot.
There’s all kinds of paranormal going on, and I loved that as well, we’ve got some werewolves, werebeasts, witches, the vampires of course, some vampire mutants again, a bit of a sci-fi-ish twist that I won’t talk too much about or I’ll totally spoil it for you, some exotic creatures that I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun reading about, I know I did – all kinds of good stuff!!
The book also shifts into focus a character that I hadn’t paid much attention to in book #1, Julian – and he’s bound to make an appearance in book #3 as well (that comes out in 2013 – that I wasn’t really thrilled about, but hey, everyone seems to be doing that with series so it’s not really surprising). I don’t know what to make of him yet, do I give him a vote of confidence, don’t I, I’m not sure.
Though there was some Caden and Eve, the better part of the book they’re basically apart – that I wasn’t so much into since I’m a sucker for romance. But I also got to read more of Sofie, and I totally like her so I won’t complain. I felt this book helped develop the story really nicely, it showed more facets to some characters and of course seeded more questions about others – K. A. Tucker is really good at keeping you entertained.
This is more of a 4,5 butterflies then a full 5, and though I understand the reasons for it and can see its merit, I personally have not a lot of love for switching POV’s in a novel, I never have been much of a fan. In cases like these, were the action basically splits into two different settings, I’m way more comfortable with switching the book’s narrative from first person to third, but that’s totally my personal view of things, it takes nothing away from the excitement of the book. It’s just one of those things I don’t like, switching POV’s in the same book and going counter-clockwise with the story telling. We each have our quirks right? lol
All in all I say you should totally read these books, and since Asylum is on tour right now, Anathema is available for free – check out the writer’s webiste for details and stuff, or the guest post she did for my blog, it’s right above this one xDDD