Second Thoughts by Cara Bertrand
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Publisher: Luminis Book, Inc.
Genre: Fantasy / Paranormal / Young Adult / Science Fiction / Romance
Series: The Sentenia, Book 2
Man, I thought the first book was good. This was even better. So much drama. So intense. This is a quick read that I constantly found myself flipping through the pages to find out what happens next.
Check out my review for Lost in Thought here.
Second Thoughts is the second book of the Sentenia series which covers Lainey’s second year of high school at Northbrook. Northbrook is a fancy and exclusive boarding school with many secrets of its own. I strongly recommend reading Lost in Thought and the short story, Afterthought, prior to reading this.
Like many high school seniors, Lainey goes through a lot of drama. From juggling a boyfriend, her academic studies, extracurricular activities, and fighting with her roommate and best friend, trying to decide where to go college all while trying to figure out the new world magical world of the Sentenia.
This sequel was a lot more compelling than Lost in Thought. We learn more of the history of the Sentenia and Lainey discovers there’s more to her powers. Her powers become a lot more interesting as the book progresses. Even though she’s learning more about her powers and how they work, what if it’s the one thing that might be killing her?
Lainey is also trying to figure out who the Sentenia she can trust, especially as she learns bits and pieces of what’s really going on.
Bertrand definitely knows how to keep the reader on their toes. There were so many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I couldn’t put it down!
I loved revisiting Lainey and her friends again. The characters are so much more developed and it makes it even more fun. I found myself empathizing with the characters, but there were also times I wanted to reach into the book and smack some common sense into the characters.
Bertrand once again hasn’t ceased to impress me. It’s witty, comical, fun, inspiring, and action-packed. It was overall quite refreshing and very different from your typical young adult novel. I look forward to reading and review the next book in the series. I have to know what happens next!
Oh! And be sure to read the short story, Thoughts Point to You, after finishing and before Tangled Thoughts. The short stories include scenes that pertain to the books and help the reader understand what the characters refer to in the books themselves. They also include short outtakes or scenes that weren’t included in the books. For example, we see the day Carter and Lainey first met through Carter’s eyes.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
About Cara Bertrand
Cara is a former middle school literacy teacher who now lives in the woods outside Boston with: one awesome husband, two large dogs, one small daughter, and lots of words. LOST IN THOUGHT is her first novel and was one of three finalists for the 2011 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the Young Adult category.
Visit her online at www.carabertrand.com or on Twitter @carabertrand