Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Altered Souls by Katrice Bolton

Witch Avenue #2
Book Summary via Goodreads:
  "The realm of Altered Souls brings nothing but unrest, deceit, and pain forcing Triss to come face to face with heartbreak from her past. 
Facing a betrayal like never before, Triss questions everything she thought she knew about her family, coven, and abilities. 
With the help of Logan, she embarks on a journey enabling her to confront the dark side of magic and the person who controls it. Realizing Triss’s ancestors have been seduced for centuries by the dark side, Triss and Logan must ensure no more in their world fall victim to the realm of Altered Souls, even if that means ending the ones they love."

The sequel picks up where we left off in Lost Souls, Triss and Logan are still hiding out in her family's cabin. Triss talks Logan into letting her see if Trevor is willing to let her perform a spell that would allow her to see into Trevor's memories. The spell works and she sees her father's plan.

They discover that Trevor only allowed her to do the spell because if she ever at any point in her life harbored feelings for him, she would be bound to him for life. Logan unable to accept that, and not wanting to see her feeling shift takes off into the forest. Triss not willing to let him go that easily takes off after him. Forcing him to believe that she loved him and only him, they take off to try and find their mothers, who now have both been captured by Triss's father.

Making it to Logan's family home, Triss realizes how much he really gave up to go to school in the same city that she lives, just to be closer to her. While hiding out at Logan's home, Triss is first sent an invitation that's more of a taunt, later that evening golems are sent to attack, presumably Logan. They seem uninterested in Triss. Deciding to protect Logan, Triss performs a spell from her family spell book that was found in the attic of the cabin. She defeats most of them and wakes up in Logan's arms. He tells her that they couldn't have hurt her since magic like that isn't allowed to touch those with a pure heart.

Knowing they can no longer stay at his house because her father knows where they are, they head further east closer to where her father, knowing his name by now to be Nicholas, is keeping their parents. Triss has a vision of Nicholas confessing to Logan's mother that he was the one that killed her husband, Logan's father. Giving Logan just one more reason to put an end to his debauchery. Finding his compound, they travel there at night to scope out the place. After seeing the state of the other people there, and how spaced out her mother looks, they decide to leave. On their way back across the lake, that's how to get to his compound, a group of Faeries intercepts them. Two of them, Dace and Bakula, tell Triss she is the chosen one, the one to save the forests and the animals and to save her fellow Wicca. They help her form a plan on how to stop Nicholas's plans. Triss is able to help all the people that have been brainwashed into aiding Nicholas's plans only to learn that he is the least of their problems and that there is someone out there with more power who is willing to hurt more people to get what he wants.

This book was better than the first one. Triss and Logan share such a wonderful pure love for each other, it's kind of sappy. I generally don't go for the sappy romance, but in this story, it really works. Childhood sweethearts that fall in love again as young adults, what's not to love about that. It's kind of delightfully fairytale-like. But it's not like they still don't have hardships, they both so badly want to shield the other from harm, that they don't seem to realize that if they just completely worked together neither would be hurt. I am only half way through this series and I would recommend this series to just about anybody. It's just so good.

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