Sunday, September 4, 2011

Book Review: Earth Blend by Lori Pescatore

Title: Earth Blend (The Blend Series, #2)
Author: Lori Pescatore
Reading Level: Older Young Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Date Published: July 2, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
Earth Blend is the second book in the Blend trilogy and the sequel to Human Blend. In this installment, the mystery of the Blends and Earthlings are revealed. Dealing with new abilities, Julie and Austin once again find themselves in danger. Lies and secrets hinder them at every turn. Is the past destined to repeat itself as the Earthlings once again rush to save them?
Human Blend left off with some stunning revelations and Earth Blend throws the reader right back into everything. The first few chapters are a little difficult to get through, because it’s a lot of backstory for several different characters and some of it carries over for each of them. Lori Pescatore deepens the mythos she created in the first book and even adds a bit of a sci-fi edge to everything.

Learning exactly what the blends are and how the Earthlings factor into everything allows the reader a level of understand that wasn’t there before, but it is packed on a bit too heavy in the beginning. Once Julie comes back into focus, the story evolves much like it did in the previous book. Julie is, as always, a character that the reader needs to root for. Her compassion radiates off the page.

The bigger story eclipses Julie and the other characters, to a point. Earth Blend is very plot-driven, putting the characters that were introduced in Human Blend into more and more difficult situations. Not only does Julie’s past come back to get her, but Austin’s future is altered as well. The history divulged in the first few chapters, while somewhat strained with the lack of dialogue and overload of information, become very important in understanding the story later on. The heavier, more devastating stuff is lightened by some well-placed humor – often courtesy of Marcus – and some high-energy action scenes.

The Blends and the Earthlings play a much larger role than they ever did in Human Blend and while I missed the relationships that Julie had in the first book, Earth Blend offers a fast-paced and increasingly complicated view into the lives these different beings and how they connect, despite their differences. Lori Pescatore has given readers another worthwhile installment in this distinctively unique series. I’m looking forward to seeing where life takes Julie from here.

Opening line: Overseeing and coordinating the actions of his siblings required a great deal of his time. ~ pg. 3

Favorite lines/passages: “Okay, I know you are not a Blend but I need to talk to a sane person.”
“Should I be offended that you talked to Marcus first?”
“Just look at it as confirmation of my many moments of idiocy.” ~ pg. 72
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
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Bere said...

Fantastic review, Nikki. This series sounds really interesting. I read your review of Human Bland awhile ago and I thought it sounded great. I'll definitely add this series to my reading list. =)

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Bere - I'm very into the Blend series because it is so different from other stuff. It's definitely geared towards an older YA audience, which is also a nice change from some books. I'm looking forward to seeing where things go next in the series, since it's really getting complicated now.

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