Sisters of Fate #2
Paranormal Young Adult
Source: from author for review
THE STORY (from Goodreads)
The Lockwood triplets are charged with helping to save the world—but at a high cost.
Coral is always in the middle, always the family peacemaker. She’s the sister with the most to prove. When a freak snowstorm halts her Florida summer, signaling the Norse end of the world, she tracks down Taran Breen—a would-be warrior carrying Thor’s soul. A boy who’s fought his temper all his life and is now a suspect for murder.
One who looks at her as no other has before.
As roaring seas surge and terrifying underworld creatures emerge for battle, can Coral control her goddess magic and protect Taran? Because now she has a chance for more than her crazy life—as long as she and Taran win….
It is written that three Sisters of Fate have the power to change the world’s destiny.
But only if they survive…
Forecast is the best kind of second installment, playing perfectly off the prophecy of the three sisters introduced to us in Foretold and expanding upon it while still providing us with a complete story arc all its own. The events of Coral's story unfold simultaneously with those of her sister Raven's (whom we met in Foretold), but though we know some very important truths about the girls' mother thanks to our time with Raven, everything else Coral and Taran face is completely new. This story could easily be picked up out of order thanks to Ms. Elliott's ability to subtly recap events, getting any potentially new readers up to speed without being heavy handed with repetition those familiar with what the girls are facing don't need.
Coral is adorably colorful, both in personality and fashion, tossing herself right into the middle of Taran's not-insignificant problems with flair and gusto. She's incredibly knowledgeable with various spells and remedies thanks to some of her mother's magical ability, and she keeps an impressively cool head when faced with a crisis that requires her knowledge. She's not as reluctant to share information with Taran as Raven was with Vanir, approaching the soul of Thor issue fairly quickly so they can better focus on what's expected of all of them with regard to Ragnarok. Her banter with Taran is of the smile-inducing variety, the two of them dancing around one another with no shortage of innuendo (unintentional on her part, more than intentional on his) flowing between them, and we can't help but be grateful for their humorous moments in the middle of mythological chaos.
Taran, as expected based on the soul of the god he houses, has what one might describe as a few anger management issues–his fuse short and easily lit–but even with a tendency to lead with his fists, he's easy to fall for. It's clear he's fairly in the dark with regard to his temper, aware it's a problem but not entirely sure why there are times he can't get a handle on it, but never once does that temper extend to those who aren't deserving of it. He engages in frequent battles of wit with best friends Josh and Grim (who are absolutely hilarious highlights of this story) and flirts shamelessly with Coral, though the way in which he does so comes off as irritatingly charming for its effectiveness rather than insincere, traits that when combined with the visual of Chris Hemsworth in our heads rockets him to the top of our book boyfriend lists.
Overall, Forecast is as action-packed as its predecessor, giving us new pieces of the girls' prophecy to put in place while reminding us here and there of what we learned with Raven to make sure we have as complete a picture as possible before we enter into the final showdown with third and final sister Kat.
This book was sent to me by the author free of charge for the purpose of a review.
I received no other compensation and the above is my honest opinion.