Author- Carrie Butler
My Rating- 4 STARS
Synopsis- Making a deal with the bad guys wasn’t the highlight of Rena Collins’ semester, but hey, it saved her boyfriend. Now, in order to appease the human-altering organization known as ERA, she’ll crawl under their microscope while they study the Mark of Nexus and plot their eye-glazed version of the future--until she realizes that’s not all they’re plotting.
Wallace Blake has always known his girlfriend is unlike most girls. But now that information has surfaced regarding the two bloodlines that balance his supernatural race, he finally understands why. Rena belongs to one of them. She’s been augmenting his power, all along...
All the while, Rena fails to notice the crush her geeky best friend, Aiden Ross, is nursing. He’d give anything for her to see him in a new light--even reinvent himself through questionable means--but there’s a reason people are told to be careful what they wish for. Finding the courage to tell her could put everyone’s lives in danger
My Review- A great sequel to Strength. Rena continues to be the strong, caring and stubborn girl she showed in book 1. I love reading from her POV. she is smart and can see through lies and the tricks of her enemies, despite the fact she made a bargain to help them to save the lives of those she cares for.
I do like Wallace but sometimes he can be a little dumb, a bit too trusting of those who enter their lives with little justification of their roles. Enter Corynn, while a very likable new character, it is obvious that as her power cancels out Dynari abilities she was there to stir trouble between Wallace and Rena. His strength has always been in the way of their happiness and Rena's power boosts his to the point he can barely touch her without leaving bruises. So while I understand why Wallace is happy to be able to hold someone normally for once, did he not think that finding that kind of relief with another girl would not affect Rena? The one thing she couldn't offer him?
This drama was great and really tested them as a couple. Rena chose to try and let the one she loves have true happiness even if it hurt her to the core. Wallace loves her but it usually takes him quite a while to catch up with things going on around him. It is nice that he still has trust and sees the world a bit more positively than Rena, but that girl is sharp and sees the layers of traps from their enemies.
The plot is really heating up in the series. Courage was aptly titled and changed many characters drastically. Our lovable geek, Aiden, is something much different now and I believe his part in the next book will be bigger. It feels like a war is heading closer and everyone must choose a side before it hits.
Great book, can't wait to read the next
If you wish to see the review of book 1 follow the link.