Monday, 21 March 2016

Book Review: The Awakening of Sunshine Girl [The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #2] by Paige McKenzie & Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Title: The Awakening of Sunshine Girl
Authors: Paige McKenzie & Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Author Info: Paige's Website|Alyssa's Website
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Series: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #2
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Publication Date: 1st March 2016
Rating: 3 stars

Tell Me About It
The Awakening of Sunshine Girl is the second in a frighteningly good series based on the popular YouTube sensation The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, created by Paige McKenzie.

Sunshine's Luiseach powers have been fully awakened. For months now, Sunshine has felt spirits everywhere. She hears their voices; feels their emotions . . . it's intense and sometimes overwhelming. She tries to ignore them, but it's impossible. Hoping to get her powers under control (and hoping for answers to her never-ending questions) she agrees to start training with her Luiseach mentor, leaving her family - and her friend Nolan - behind.

But Sunshine's mentor doesn't understand her attachment to the humans in her life; and she can't forgive his abandonment of her so many years ago. The only thing getting Sunshine through the terrifying and creepy training is her new, distractingly attractive, friend ­- another young Luiseach.

Though Sunshine's mentor is reluctant to answer her many questions, she finally learns the truth about her lineage, as well as the rift that threatens the future of Luiseach and the human race . . . and the crucial part she has to play in repairing it.
My Thoughts
When I saw The Awakening of Sunshine Girl on NetGalley I knew I had to read this, I was eager to find out what happens next for Sunshine in her personal life, as well as her new powers. The Awakening of Sunshine Girl picks up after the events in the previous book, Sunshine is still learning how to be a Luiseach, how to deal with everything that comes with it, as well as going to school and being a 'normal' teenager. Her dad, Aidan, is still trying to persuade Sunshine to train with him, for him to be her mentor, and he goes about it in sneaky ways to ensure she says yes. It was at this point that I made the decision that I did not like him at all.

The Awakening of Sunshine Girl was an interesting read. We get to see what Sunshine is really capable of when she is taken to Llevar la Luz to train. Llevar la Luz is a sanctuary for all Luiseach to live, and train, but it now stands deserted and alone, it is here where Aidan lives with Nola, a fellow Luiseach. We also learn about the history of Luiseach a bit more, and learn why Sunshine was abandoned as a baby.
Underneath the main plot of Sunshine learning about her inheritance, there is also someone after Sunshine, wanting to kill her. We get glimpses into thier side of the story and what they are doing to get closer to Sunshine. For me it was quite obvious who this person was so I wasn't too surprised when it was revealed but I did like how it was done.

I really enjoyed the previous book in this series, but for me The Awakening of Sunshine Girl just didn't have the spark of the previous one. I wanted to see more ghosts and hauntings mixed in with Sunshine learning about her powers, and although we do get to see an aspect of that, it just wasn't enough for me. However I loved getting to see what she was capable of and how powerful she is, the ending was one of the best and worst endings of all time. I loved how it all fell into place and ended, I just don't like the cliffhanger we have been left on.

Final Verdict
Although there wasn't as much hauntings as I'd hoped for, there was enough of the paranormal aspect to keep me entertained. I just need to find out what happens next.

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