Spoiler-Free Review: The Search For The Crystal Key (A Dark Escape Continuation) by Eileen Sheehan
When Tara and Brandon travel through time back to the Civil War era to rescue her brother from the dark demons, she discovers her doppelganger, Lucy, is lying in a trance awaiting the return of her soul, which Tara is using. With the soul in close proximity to both doppelgangers, things get pretty sticky... but, not just for the soul! It turns out Brandon is a time traveler who is engaged to Lucy, but also loves Tara. So, not only does the soul have to choose between Lucy and Tara, so does Brandon! With any luck, through magic they’ll find a way for both Tara and Lucy to use the soul at the same time, but Brandon will still have to make a choice. Through it all, they race to find the crystal key that controls the portal to the dark side before the dark side finds it first. Adventure, danger, heartache, deceit, discovery, magical wars, and new found love await as they continue THE SEARCH FOR THE CRYSTAL KEY. THE SEARCH FOR THE CRYSTAL KEY is a continuation of Dark Escape.
*Thank you Eileen for sending me an ebook copy of this for review*All opinions are honest and my own*
This is the second half of Dark Escape, which I've already read and reviewed (I will link my review below). I really loved Dark Escape and found myself really invested in the story and loved the characters. So, when Eileen emailed me wanting to know whether I'd like the continuation, I jumped. I was super excited to get back involved with these characters and just have more of Eileen's writing (If you haven't heard me say it the million other times, then I really love Eileen's writing. Like a lot.)
I started reading this straight away, one because I was really excited but also because it seems to take me like an age to read ebooks. So yeah.
Anyway, I started reading it and just fell in love all over again, it was great to be back with these characters and just jump back into the story. One thing that I really liked, was that at the start of The Search For The Crystal Key, Eileen wrote a little roundup of what happened in Dark Escape. Though there was barely anytime between me reading these two books, I had forgotten one of two teeny things, so it was great to just refresh my mind quickly before getting back into the story.
I found it surprisingly easy to continue with this continuation after the events at the end of the last book (let's just say a lot went down. A lot.) and I was just so excited to find out what this book had in store. Though I said above that it takes me ages to read ebooks, I found myself surprisingly whizzing through the pages and enjoying every minute.
I really enjoyed the beginning and was so grateful that it was so easy for me to continue with the story, but around the middle I stopped enjoying myself as much. I felt like the middle was quite slow and I found myself neglecting this book because I knew that it was really hard to get through. I managed to push through and I'm so glad I did. It was full of action and some new characters that were really exciting to learn about.
The middle part of the book did drag on quite a bit though and I felt there wasn't much movement going on. It didn't feel like the story was going anywhere for quite a bit and that took away from my enjoyment of the story a bit, but it was definitely worth continuing on just for what was going to unravel in that last 100 (ish) pages.
Also, in this book you learn so much more about this world and how different characters are connected when Brandon and Tara travel back in time. I found it so interesting to see the different characters from the present day as a different person in the past and the connection between the two. However, part of the reason why I found the middle so slow, was due to the amount of information was being thrown at you. You were given a couple of pages of solid information a few times throughout the book and I felt like that weighted me down. The information was interesting and definitely vital to the story but I felt I would've taken more of it in if it was mixed in with the story a bit better to keep things moving at the same time. I found I did take a lot of the info in but a few things just went straight over my head. Some things I felt were explained more than once but with them being explained again I got more confused about things that I previously understood. However, the info was vital to the story and did add to the story effectively.
In this continuation, you really got a feel for the world and a glimpse at how complex it really is. All things connect together to create this complex world, but a complex world that is easy to understand through Eileen's great way of explaining the different topics in a way that relate back round to a further part of the story. I admire Eileen for how she can create a world like this, I would never be able to think of something so wonderful and original.
This book combined many different elements, but Eileen combined them in a successful manner that really made it both easy and fun to read and understand. This book definitely added more to the simple (ish) world you experience at first in Dark Escape.
I love all the characters again and loved the new additions and thought they all played a part in the story and were affective in building a more complex world and story. I found Tara to be slightly annoying at times in this book, but that quickly changed and I found myself loving her character once again.
Overall, I loved this book and found it to be a great continuation of the first book, Dark Escape, however due to the slow middle, I will have to lower the rate slightly, but that was my only problem.
Rate - 4.25/5
Spoiler-Free Review: Dark Escape by Eileen Sheehan - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-dark-escape-by-eileen-sheehan
Eileen Sheehan Q&A - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/author-qa-with-eileen-sheehan
Dark Escape LINKS
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29349368-dark-escape?from_new_nav=true&ac=1&from_search=true
AMAZON - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Escape-1-Eileen-Sheehan/dp/0692629912/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460127515&sr=8-1&keywords=Dark+Escape+by+Eileen+Sheehan
BARNES & NOBLE - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-escape-eileen-sheehan/1123327568?ean=2940152596472
The Search For The Crystal Key LINKS
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29352056-the-search-for-the-crystal-key-a-continuation-of-dark-escape?from_new_nav=true&ac=1&from_search=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Search-for-the-Crystal-Key/9780692630037
AMAZON - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Search-Crystal-Key-Continuation-Escape/dp/0692630031/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1460127577&sr=1-3
BARNES & NOBLE - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-search-for-the-crystal-key-eileen-sheehan/1123518874?ean=9780692630037
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