Thursday, June 13, 2013

YA Book Review: WANDERLUST

We're thrilled to welcome Kimberly Wheaton to YA Stands today with a guest post!
 
 
Wanderlust (Edgewood, #2)
Wanderlust
Karen McQuestion
YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal


From Goodreads:
Mallory, Russ, Jameson, and Nadia are just trying to blend in as normal teens while secretly learning to use their newfound superpowers. Everything changes when they’re invited to travel to Peru under the supervision and protection of the Praetorian Guard, an organization claiming to have their best interests at heart. Seeing the trip as a challenge, the teens agree to go and help search for David Hofstetter, a man from their hometown who’s been presumed dead for sixteen years.
Meanwhile, the threat of the rival organization, the Associates, is always present. When knowing who to trust becomes more difficult, the four discover they can only count on each other. And when Nadia and Russ are thrown together in a fight for their lives, they realize their relationship might be headed for more than just friendship.
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Wanderlust is the second book in the Edgewood Series by Karen McQuestion. I loved Edgewood, and couldn’t wait to start Wanderlust. The author is currently working on book three of the series. To say that I had high expectations going into this book would be an understatement. It turns out I was in for a surprise. I loved Wanderlust even more than Edgewood!
The four main characters: Russ, Nadia, Mallory, and Jameson were all witness to a rare astronomical phenomenon in Edgewood that left them with superpowers. Russ can control electricity and heal people. Nadia developed empathic skills and can astral project. Mallory has the ability to influence people (think the ‘force’) and Jameson obtained the power of telekinesis. These superpowers make them persons of interest to two rival underground organizations. The Associates seem to be out to take over the world while the Praetorian Guard is intent on stopping them. Now in book two the group takes on intrigue and danger in a trip to Peru, an undercover mission to search for a man from their hometown who supposedly died sixteen years ago, shortly after he was exposed to the same astronomical event.
Wanderlust is written in first person, the majority of the book from Nadia’s point of view. There are also chapters sprinkled in from Russ’s point of view that add the perfect complement to Nadia’s. The author stays true to each individual character so there is a definite change in voice from Nadia to Russ. I love these two characters and found myself constantly hoping they’d move out of the friendship box.
The plot is full of twists and turns making for an exciting, edge of your seat read. There were a few times I had to force myself not to skim ahead because I was desperate to know what was going to happen. The imagery is picturesque, weaving us seamlessly into the story with just the right amount of description. Each character has a unique personality that shines through in the dialogue.
Many of the questions we are left with from Edgewood are answered, which of course leads to more questions. This ultimately leaves us dying for the next book so we can continue the characters’ journey.
I devoured this book in one day (two sessions, I was forced to put it down for a while but couldn’t stop thinking about it). In fact, I loved it so much I signed up to be notified when the third book is released.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone, middle school and up. This is definitely one to pass on to the guys in your life. Superpowers, intrigue, and a touch of romance…what’s not to like?

Disclaimer: I received Wanderlust from the author. I am not compensated for this review.

2 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard of this series. Now I want to get it a try. Adding to my TBR.

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  2. Thanks for the wonderful review, Kimberly. I'm thrilled you've enjoyed both books so far.

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