The Essence Blog Tour Stop

Hello lovelies!  Today I am participating in The Essence Blog Tour, hosted by Shane @ Itching for Books.  Today I have an awesome review for you, SO LET'S GET STARTED!!! :D

The Essence
by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Pledge #2
Pages: 352
Release Date: January 1, 2013
by Margaret K. McElderry

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“Danger, dread, mystery, and romance” (Booklist) continue in the second book of The Pledge trilogy, as Charlie’s reign is under siege from the most unusual of enemies.

At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania. But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared: The evil queen’s Essence is fused to Charlie’s psyche, ready to arise at the first sign of weakness.

Charlie is not weak, but she’s being pushed to the brink. In addition to suppressing the ever-present influence of Sabara, she’s busy being queen—and battling a growing resistance determined to return Ludania to its discriminatory caste system. Charlie wants to be the same girl Max loves, who Brook trusts, but she’s Your Majesty now, and she feels torn in two.

As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages will be the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within.

The Pledge
by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Pledge #1
Pages: 323
Release Date: November 15, 2011
by Margaret K. McElderry

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

*A copy was provided by Simon & Schuster for review purposes*

After reading the first book in this series, The Pledge, I was pretty excited to read this one, since the first book ended with a lot more to do.  I feel like this book, while not as good as The Pledge, was still a great continuation of the series.  The Pledge was just a bit more exciting and had a lot more going on, because Charlie had to figure things out and overcome things and meet one special, hot guy ;P.  But I did think that this book was pretty good overall.  The writing was superb, the story line flowed flawlessly, and the changing in the point of view really added to the story.  The ending, while not really awesome, was still pretty good, and everything came together really flawlessly, there were no plot holes, and everything made sense.

This book was mainly focused on two characters, but they’re not the characters you would think.  Charlie and Brooklyn starred in this book, and while I like Charlie because she’s nice and smart, I REALLY like Brooklyn because she’s totally kick-ass, snarky, pretty, and fierce, and I love that!  If you guys can’t tell, I like kick-ass girls.

So, even though this book wasn’t very thrilling or exciting, I still really enjoyed it because of the writing, story line, and the characters!

3.5 pink flowers

~Get to know Kimberly Derting~

Kimberly DertingBio:

Kimberly is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins) and THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster). She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the ideal place to write anything dark or creepy...a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who provide an endless source of inspiration.


~Follow the Tour~

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