Description: Hardcover, 576 pages
How I Received It: Purchased it.
Summary: Sophie Foster thought she was safe. Settled into her home at Havenfield, surrounded by friends, and using her unique telepathic abilities to train Silveny–the first female alicorn ever seen in the Lost Cities–her life finally seems to be coming together.
But Sophie’s kidnappers are still out there. And when Sophie discovers new messages and clues from the mysterious Black Swan group, she’s forced to take a terrifying risk—one that puts everyone in incredible danger.
As long buried secrets rise to the surface, it’s once again up to Sophie to uncover hidden memories—before someone close to her is lost forever.
What I Liked About This Book:
- Almost all authors think that the middle book of a trilogy is the most challenging to write. They regularly know where a story begins and where it ends up and the middle book is really just the bridge from point A to B. I rarely enjoy the middle book as much as I enjoy the first book or the third. Exile, I believe, is one of the few exceptions. After all, you need a bridge to get from one piece of land to the next!
- The character development is superb! I truly felt that Sophie grew, emotionally and intellectually, from the start of Book 1 to the end of Book 2. I never felt that the development was forced or that too many changes happened at once. Sophie is a regular (well, somewhat) girl who reacts to situations the way anyone else would.
- Lately, I’ve seen too many middle grade novels about girls and their crushes, arch-enemies and school troubles. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good contemporary novel but I really appreciated that while Sophie does like some boys, she also still sleeps with her blue stuffed elephant Ella and isn’t embarrassed to death when she appears *gasp* in public with Grady and Edaline (the couple who adopted Sophie).
What Could Be Better:
- Hmm…if you read my past review of the Keeper of the Lost Cities at: http://youngwriterscafe.wordpress.com/2013/12/31/book-review-keeper-of-the-lost-cities then you will notice that I wasn’t a fan of the prologue. I did not enjoy it any more in Exile. I read this book because I adored the first book in this trilogy and I wanted to find out what happened next. I didn’t need an exciting, dramatic prologue to keep me reading.
Overall, I adored Exile! As a voracious middle grade reader, I found that Sophie is a relatable protaganist and the writing is top-notch. I rate this book 5 Stars and I recommend it to fans of Rick Riordan and Jacqueline West.
Hey! What’s Up Next?
Next, I am reviewing The Runaway King by Jennifer A. NIelson. I enjoyed The False Prince and I can’t wait to let you know what I think of its sequel. You can read my review of the False Prince to see what I thought of the first novel.