Wednesday, August 19, 2015

REVIEW: Sinners, Survivors, and Saints by N.D. Richman

Sinners, Survivors and Saints (Boulton Quest, #2) 
Boulton Quest: Sinners, Survivors, and Saints (2)
by N.D. Richman
Genre(s):  Young adult, adventure
Pages:  165
Published: April 2014

Summary:  " Christopher and Michael become multi-millionaires and their greed endangers Katherine's life. While Christopher, Michael and Thomas are racing to rescue her, Robert Cain’s army steals the mysterious machine and his frightening intentions become clear.

Can Michael beat his inner demons?

Will Katherine lose the will to survive?

In this exciting sequel to Brothers, Bullies and Bad the future becomes clear, and it seems things can only get worse."

Review:   This book picks up shortly after where Brothers, Bullies and Bad Guys left off. The first few chapters left be a bit confused as to when exactly we are after. One part mentions a year, another 6 months. So has it been 1 year, 6 months or a year and six months? I don't quite know.

***NOTE: If you have not read the first book, stop now. Spoilers ahead for those who have not read book 1!***

Micheal is still on a major guilt trip about his mom. To the point his family wants him in counseling. If it has been 6 months or longer, why wait so long?! This should have been done immediately! What is wrong with this family! Also why does it take the police a year before they are reading to walk through the island and what happened with the brothers? These bits made little to no sense to me.

Thomas, Katherine, Chris and Michael are all now really good friends. They even have a sort of business going to help solve things. Michael of course running the tech end. I do not get how he got to where he is. It is not well explained beyond dreams. Like how did he get cameras, sound systems, etc and install it as a child. Even if he understood HOW, where did the funds come from as he grew up? This bothered me in the first book and even more in this one. The things Michael is capable of, field experts would have a really tough time with him. And he does it with ease yet he is just a young teen! Still, what he does is kind of cool regardless of the how.

When Katherine is kidnapped by Robert's henchmen, the boys must once again rescue one they care about. This book is still action packed but the pace is a bit more practical. There seems to be more strategic thought here. We also get into Robert's head a bit! Nice change to see things from the villian's aspect. We also get more character growth in this one which I always appreciate seeing.

Also, we get a bit of the paranormal! Not sure if I liked that or not. I love paranormal books but this just didn't seem to really fit in. It would have moved fine without, just leaving it an adventure novel.

Overall opinion: Enjoyable but very predictable for the overall plot. Katherine does something unexpected though, but otherwise you can easily see where things are going. This volume is a bit more mature than the last one. The situations a bit more severe, and some language. The pace is very fast and fun. Easy to read. Wish there was more depth and the characters more believable for their age but otherwise a very likeable story.

** I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair, honest review.**

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