DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
We are instantly thrust back into the world of Coraira and things are picked up right where they were left off in Teagan of Tomorrow except the whole purpose of this book is to deepen the backstory of the relationship between Calla and Elora as well as continue to integrate Teagan as pivotal character in this epic.
I was a fan of the first three books in this series - they were solid, rich children's fantasy novels that really served to get kids into the genre. So when I picked up Second Twin, I had higher than normal expectations. Unfortunately, this book just didn't do it for me.
The book is written in a back and forth manner speaking of characters in ancient Coraira and modern Coraira, but rather than sit in one time period for a while and let the story start flowing, it jumped back and forth too often, breaking any flow that the story was starting to gain.
This series is also starting to encapsulate a large number of main or secondary characters (Asher, Ariana, Cinnamon, Teagan, Elora, Calla, Asgall, Fibryn, Grimblerod......) which makes it difficult to keep track of who is where and in what time period. If a few of these characters were taken out and the story made to be more streamlined, I think it would have succeeded a bit more.
But I haven't given up hope! I will continue this journey into Coraira and keep reading the series as they come out because I am a big fan of Mann and feel that she really can write a good story for children. And just because I didn't like this one does not diminish how much I enjoyed the first three.
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