Into the Light (Into the Dark #2)
Author: Caroline T. Patti
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: August 23, 2016
Mercy’s family is back together and the threat of danger appears to have passed. But any relief she feels is short lived as she is ripped from her body and thrown in jail. Gage and Nathaniel’s plans to break Mercy out won’t exactly be easy. Stuffed full of a chemical binding agent, Mercy is trapped inside the body of a convict without the ability to breach and set herself free. Unfortunately for Mercy, being trapped in jail becomes the least of her problems when she meets her evil twin, Justice.
Into the Light is the addicting sequel to Into the Dark, a young adult paranormal novel that revolves around our main character - Mercy - and her ability to Breach (jump into another person's body). I absolutely adored the first book in the series and I hated having to wait for this novel to release. Luckily, it was SO worth the wait! I loved almost every aspect of this book, which is rarely the case when it comes to sequels. There's so much that happens throughout the story, I can't begin to touch on it all - so I'm just going to say that it was an amazing ride and hope that will suffice.
All of our favorite characters from the first book are back in this novel, and we get to know each of them even better than I thought possible. Especially evil aunts and creepy twin sisters...you don't expect to feel anything besides dislike for the "villain" - but that's precisely what happened for me with these two characters especially. I loved getting to know Justice as her own person - how she's the same as Mercy on some levels, but entirely herself for everything else. She's an intriguing character and plays a huge part in the book, which I loved. Nathaniel and Gage are back - and both are book boyfriend worthy, so there's obviously a bit of a love triangle happening. It's hard to root for just one of the guys when both of them are sweet, brave, and will do absolutely anything for Mercy. The story was fascinating and had a great plot with some big twists you don't see coming. The entire story is pretty fast paced, so I ended up devouring the entire thing in one sitting of a few hours. Once I started reading, I couldn't make myself stop! I had to see what happened and how it all went down. The only issue I had was at the very end - when the big battle is going to be fought. There's only a few paragraphs describing all of it - it felt really disproportionate to the rest of the book. I wanted it to be much more detailed and to feel like I was right there along with Mercy and the gang as it went down, but it felt empty. The author definitely has the talent and ability to write out an awesome fight scene, but for some reason it doesn't happen. Lots of buildup for a not so impressive finish. Which is why I gave it four stars instead of five.
The writing is fantastic in just about every way. The book is full of vivid imagery and rich descriptions that made it so easy to slip inside the world she created. I felt as though I were right beside Mercy and the guys during the entire story. The author uses the first person point of view, which I personally love, but switches it up a bit by having multiple narrators. I liked getting to "see" things happen from the different viewpoints, because no two characters are exactly the same and may think or feel different things at different times, etc. It makes the book more interesting and fun, in my opinion, which is exactly what happened in this novel - although I would've been fine with just Mercy as the narrator. First person is almost always the way to go - I think - and this one was no exception. Overall, it was a fantastic novel and one heck of a sequel! If you enjoyed the first book, then you really need to read this one - you won't be disappointed!
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor arrives to tell her that it’s she who lies in the hospital bed waiting to die. A trip to the bathroom confirms Mercy’s fears, as Lyla’s face stares back at her and Lyla’s curvy figure pokes through her tight clothes.
But finding out what’s really going on won’t be easy. Because if Mercy wants her body back, it might just cost her Lyla’s life.
Caroline T. Patti is the author of The World Spins Madly On and Too Late To Apologize. When she’s not writing, she’s a school librarian, mother of two, wife, avid reader and Green Bay Packer fan. You can chat with her on Twitter: carepatti or find her on Facebook: Author Caroline T Patti.
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