The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Published by Harper
As second books in trilogies go, this one was pretty good. It advanced the story while providing the reader some back story on events from the past which the first book omitted or only hinted at.
I don’t want to get into plot at all because that would necessitate spoilers for the first book, so this review will be short. What I will say is this – I loved how Kelsea grew into her role and into her power emotionally and mentally. I HATED how she “grew” into her role physically. The author essentially made her become more beautiful as she became more powerful – a terrible message that I absolutely hate was given in this book. Beauty does not equal power, nor should it, and this novel is perpetuating the myth that it is important to be beautiful. UGH. I did like Kelsea, though, and it is not her fault as a character that the author chose to make her become more beautiful. So whatever.
I absolutely loved that Kelsea began to learn about life pre-Crossing, because I had been desperate for that knowledge in the first book. The way that Johansen chose to tell the story, through “visions” Kelsea was getting through a woman’s eyes who lived at that time, was interesting and added an extra element to the story. There were some points in Kelsea’s story that were a little ho-hum to me where I was hoping to just finish the section to get back to Lily’s story. So I liked that.
Overall, this was a good middle trilogy book. While I didn’t love everything about it, I enjoyed most of it and continue to like and admire Kelsea as a character. I will definitely be reading the third book as soon as I can.