Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Book Review: The Boy Who Knew Everything by Victoria Forester

Title: The Boy Who Knew Everything (The Girl who Could Fly #2)
Author: Victoria Forester
Published by: Feiwel & Friends (2015)

My Rating: ★★★★★

SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:

Here is the long-awaited companion to The Girl Who Could Fly.
There is a prophecy.

It speaks of a girl who can fly and a boy who knows everything. The prophecy says that they have the power to bring about great change...

The boy is Conrad Harrington III. The girl is Piper McCloud. They need their talents now, more than ever, if they are to save the world—and themselves.



My Review:


The long awaited sequel to The Girl Who Could Fly, this action-paced and thrilling novel not only fifulled my expectations, but also surpassed them.  This book, which could be easily independent, not only continued the story from the first book but also embellished it, painting beautifully the depths unseen before.  This was an amazing read!


Notes: One of my surprises in reading this book was the larger amount of fantasy and fantastical circumstances. While the first book could be considered ‘fantasy’, it still had a very realistic feeling to it. This book, however, had a much stronger magical pull. I was a little disappointed in this, in the aspect that towards the end words and phrases such as “spells” and even “spirits” were used, which to me didn’t match up with the feel of the first book at all. Yet, it didn’t go into it too much, so it wasn’t negative enough for me to lower my appreciation; it was just one thing that didn’t make sense to me, especially since everything else was written so realistically, like the first book. It almost seemed as if the author intended to make this more fantastical, then kept forgetting about it. 

Characters: The characters! Piper, Conrad, Violet—they’re all back in this book, and more developed than ever. For the first time, we get a glimpse of the true personalities of Nahem and Ahmed, as well as few other minor characters we barely glimpsed in Book I. Conrad’s character was done so, so, well: things that didn’t add up about his character previously now all make perfect sense. For the first time we catch glimpses of Conrad’s true being, his true colors, and I won’t spoil anything except to say I was amazed. Backstories and secrets come together to create stunningly real characters. Piper, of course, is amazing as usual, and since we already know her fairly well, it was wonderful to get to see her again and get to know her even better. Her loyalty and love is unfailing, and it’s simply impossible not to root for her. Now suddenly, things that we didn’t understand about the first book all make perfect sense.

Plotline: This book was action filled and adventure paced all the way through, yet with still enough time and pace between each moment for the gentler, softer moments of the book. Sweet moments between characters and touching conversations are still present, giving us time to really once again fall in love with these characters; right as the action kicks back in again, sending us for a rollercoaster of a ride. Plot twists were common, unexpected, and shocking—written very well and right into the plotline. There were lots of reveals, all done very well, and all unexpected and unforeseen.

Better yet, the storyline had such a strong structure, with reveals in the right places, answers in the right time, and questions presented cleverly. It did not feel drawn out once, and I was pleased to see every scene work its way smartly into the plotline and prove itself of importance. Not one scene dragged, and not one scene proved pointless, which is always a plus for me.

Themes: And one last thing: the ending. I won’t spoil it; I’ll only say it was one of the best endings I’ve read in a long, long time. It had a shock factor, a fear factor, and yet did not end in a horrific way. It was bravery to the extent of bravery, loyalty to the extent of loyalty, and so, so much more. Fantastic job, Victoria Forester. And one last note, real quick about the themes: they were so amazing, positive, encouraging, and beautiful. Loyalty, which I’ve mentioned, and bravery, as well as self sacrifice, friendship, family, overcoming evil, staying true to yourself, and so much more.

So despite the childish look to this book, there is so much hidden in the depths of the pages. It was a beautiful book, cleverly and talentedly answering and fifulling expectations from the first book, yet adding a deeper and more meaningful touch. I’d highly recommend it to fans of The Girl Who Could Fly: it does not disappoint! A positive 5.0 stars!

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