The Lingering Grace (The Looking Glass #2)
By: Jessica Arnold
Publication Date: March 15th, 2016
All magic comes with a price.
The new school year brings with it a welcome return to normalcy after Alice’s narrow escape from a cursed hotel while on summer vacation. But when a young girl drowns in a freak accident that seems eerily similar to her own near-death experience, Alice suspects there might be something going on that not even the police can uncover.
The girl’s older sister, Eva attends Alice’s school, and Alice immediately befriends her. But things change when when Alice learns that Eva is determined to use magic to bring her sister back. She must decide whether to help Eva work the highly dangerous magic or stop her at all costs. After all, no one knows better than Alice the true price of magic.
After finishing The Looking Glass last year, and having a great time reading it, I had assumed it was a standalone. Fortunately, I was wrong. The second book picks up about three months after the events of the first book. That doesn’t mean, though, that Alice’s, erm, adventure during her vacation is long forgotten. She is still feeling the effects of the magic she witnessed, and it is affecting her daily life. Luckily, her cute and sweet boyfriend, Tony, is there to help.
Jessica’s take on magic is a traditional one, it has spells and witches that cast them. But her writing allows it to go beyond the page and envelope the senses, this magic involves how the words weigh on your tongue, how it smells, and it feels as it manifests. It gave a unique take on a commonly used method of presenting magic.
My main complaint with the book, besides the frustrating part where Tony and Alice don’t tell each other things that are important, was Eva. Eva and her issues were so obvious, and poor Alice was way too trusting. Eva kept doing rather sketchy things, would disregard Alice’s sense of personal property, and basically emotionally manipulate Alice into doing what she wanted. Alice was even smart enough to recognize what Eva was doing, according to the third person narration, but she never ran away as fast as possible like she should have.
While these issues continued throughout the book, overall the story was compelling. Jessica weaves together several plots into a great climax and even manages to incorporate a family oriented subplot into the background. Now that this is a series, I can’t wait to see what happens next with Alice, Tony, and how they will step into some magic next. Also, I don’t think that those Seekers will be out of Alice’s life so easily.
Jessica Arnold lives (in an apartment) and works (in a cubicle) in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a master‘s degree in publishing and writing from Emerson College.
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