Review: Crystal Fire (The Hunted #2) by Jordan Dane
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Crystal Fire by Jordan Dane
Series: The Hunted #2
Published by: Harlequin Teen on 336
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Pages: November 26, 2013
Source: Blog Tour, NetGalley
View on: Goodreads
Grab it: Buy on Amazon
About the Book:
Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.
A storm is brewing on the streets of LA, one that has intensified since a tragic and deadly confrontation claimed an innocent life.
While Gabriel Stewart trains his army of teen psychics to stop Alexander Reese--the obsessed leader of the Believers--the fanatical church becomes more bent on the annihilation of all Indigo and Crystal children. They're silencing the voices of the telepathic hive, one soul at a time, with frightening experiments cruelly executed on vulnerable minds.
When the Believers torture a mysterious homeless boy, Oliver Blue, they brainwash him into betraying his own. The boy becomes a deadly pawn to take Gabriel down. As the fires of chaos burn around him, Gabe is running out of time. He'll need to confront his past--and the man who made him--before the hope of peace for the future is silenced forever.
Crystal Fire, the second novel in The Hunted series by Jordan Dane was a fairly quick read with a slow beginning that got better as the story went on.
The novel opens with Caila Ferrie trying to find her friend Zach who has gone missing, and in order to find him she is enlisting the help of a boy named Oliver Blue. Both Caila and Oliver are Indigo children, kids who have psychic abilities. Indigo children are being hunted down by members of the Church of Spiritual Freedom, called the Believers, and Caila is afraid they may have gotten her friend Zach. Oliver agrees to help and things seem to be going fine until the two are kidnapped and taken to Ward 8, a section of the mental hospital Haven Hills. No one really knows what goes on in Ward 8, but kids go there and they never get released.
Now, Crystal Fire is multiperspectival which is great, I love being in the heads of different characters and following multiple plot lines. However, you don’t hear from Caila again until you’re a good chunk of the way through the novel. Maybe halfway, maybe a little further? It was frustrating to me, because I feel like if you open a novel with a specific character, they should play a significant role, but Caila doesn’t really. She does maybe one important thing towards the end, but all in all we don’t get a lot from her.
The story mainly focuses on Gabriel, Rayne, Lucas, Rafe, and Kendra, the gang from the first book, Indigo Awakening. Rafe is having a difficult time dealing with the death of Benny, a child he had grown really close to, caring for him like a younger brother. While the rest of the group is trying to prepare themselves for going up against the Believers, Rafe comes up missing and they have to search for him, hoping to find him before the Believers do. This part of the novel was the part that interested me most, it was interesting seeing the dynamic between all of the kids as they start to band together and really become a family. The romantic relationships between Rayne and Gabe as well as Kendra and Rafe are also highlighted, giving each of the kids something extremely important to them that they don’t want to lose.
The writing style of the book was ok, other than Caila, the perspectives were pretty evenly spread out between the characters, and the scenes were usually pretty well placed. Another thing that kind of bothered me was the fact that it would switch perspectives within chapters. I don’t know if it’s just because I’ve come to expect that with multiperspectival novels each perspective usually gets it’s own chapter, but it really bothered me. The passage of time was also pretty weird. A scene would end and then it would say minutes later instead of just saying, a few minutes later, blah blah blah. I dunno, it’s just a preference in writing styles, it might not bother others as much as it bothered me.
I will say it was an interesting plot, you don’t see many novels about a group of psychic kids who are just trying to survive in this world (or maybe you do and I just haven’t read them?) and you really do sympathize with the kids. Their ages range from about 6-17 and there are groups of grown adults trying to experiment on them because they think they’re monsters. They’re just a group of kids who happen to be a little different, but they still deserve to live like everyone else.
From me, Crystal Fire gets 3 out of 5 controllers. The plot was interesting, but Caila felt really out of place to me, and the writing style just didn’t do it for me. I still think it’s worth picking up and reading, if it sounds like your cup of tea.