Series: Cicada #2
Author: Belle Whittington
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: February 2nd 2013
“The darkest days are ahead of us,” Andrew whispered as the drape of shadows slipped away, allowing Blair to awaken. And in her heart of hearts she knew it was true. The unmistakable signs were all around her, growing within her. She was becoming something more than human. All she could do was accept the inevitable.
“I’ve become a freak … an alien. I no longer belong to the human world,” Blair told her true love, and he held her close, determined never to give her up.
“I’d stay in this darkness forever as long as I could be with you. Wherever you are … that’s my home.” Everett meant every word. In fact, he’d willingly give up his own life to protect the girl he’d always loved.
But there was a storm brewing … a firestorm so strong and catastrophic that it could keep them apart forever.
That storm roared into town wearing a brown leather bomber jacket and riding a motorcycle.
Ash was like a secret in human clothing … a dangerous secret. Everything about him was mesmerizing – right down to the swirls of ink that flowed over the smooth muscles across his chest and around his arms. Being with him was like playing with fire.
Blair knew all about playing with fire.
She knew something else, too. A small quiet voice deep within whispered that she really would be separated from everyone and everything she’d known and loved.
Because some secrets run too deep.
I had been a bystander all my life, standing on the sidelines and observing others as they went along their ways.
The creativity that I loved in Cicada was happily once again present in Firefly as this mysterious and sometimes mind-boggling tale continues. I’ll admit that I spent the first half of this book alternating between being completely caught up in the suspense and action and banging my head against my desk wondering why everything had to be quite so mysterious.
One of the things that bothers me most in novels is when characters fail to share information and thus prolong their own misery and the mystery that is the plot line. This does happen a lot in Firefly as both Everett and Andrew (as well as Blair’s Mom and grandparents) all appear to know a lot more than they are willing to share…leaving Blair to try to piece it all together on her own. Is this a tool to help Blair’s personal growth and development or simply a device to drag out the plot resolution? I’m not sure…but either way…I couldn’t help but be frustrated.
I also missed the group camaraderie that was present in Cicada, but that underlines the fact that this is very much more Blair’s story…her struggle for answers and her journey toward…well…that which she is journeying toward. (Don’t want to give any of the mystery away.) We do get to visit with some of the old gang….Everett…well let’s just say all changes definitely for the better… and meet a few new interesting characters including the very compelling and mysterious (not to mention delicious) Ash.
Firefly managed to suck me in and keeping me up reading well past my normal bed time. I never knew exactly where we were going in this journey and I loved putting the pieces of the puzzle together with Blair. Ultimately, I love that Belle Whittington makes us work and wait a bit for all of the answers. I know that we would have missed out on a lot had Blair been spoon fed all the answers so that helped alleviate a lot of my earlier frustration as the story continued.
I felt so much for this girl struggling so hard to figure out what was going on, how she could ever accept it, and how to say goodbye to her past and her dreams for the future. I can not wait to see how all of this wraps up in the final book of the series and I’m really hoping that in book 3 we’ll find out that she doesn’t need to say farewell to all her dreams.
Firefly the 2nd in Belle Whittington’s Cicada series definitely did not suffer from the sophomore slump. I actually enjoyed this sequel more that the first. I loved how much all of the characters grew and developed and I loved that Firefly proved to take us into a much deeper and darker place than Cicada did. I’ll be the first in line to buy a copy of the as of yet Untitled third in this amazingly inventive series.
Belle resides somewhere north of Houston, Texas in a small inconsequential town with the smallest most inconsequential name. There, in the shady reaches of the pines, elms, and oaks, she daydreams of adventures and secrets that she weaves throughout her stories.
Having studied literature at University of Houston, Belle has been known to consider teaching at the college level someday.
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