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The Second Sign by Elizabeth Arroyo - Book Review

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**This review may contain spoilers**

Okay, before I get on with my review, here is the synopsis of The Second Sign:

Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn’t expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love. But Jake is quickly drawn to the eerie beauty of her violet eyes while Gabby is unsettled by their undeniable connection.

When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not a demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.

As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever.

My Review

I was given a free copy of The Second Sign by Xpresso Book Tours for an honest review. As much as I hate saying negative things about books, this review will be 100% completely honest.

First off, I will admit the synopsis and the cover drew me in. I love books about angels, demons, the apocalypse, etc. But this book was one I struggled with greatly. It seemed to take forever to get into, and once things started to pick up for me, which was after the 50% mark, I still struggled with the book.

I didn't particularly care for any of the characters, if I am being honest. The only thing I liked about Gabby was the fact that she had violet eyes. Jake was a pretty unlikeable character, at least for me. He was pushy and kind of annoying. Gabby seemed a bit wishy-washy. She didn't seem to know what she wanted, and she just irked me. The other characters - Jenna, Pat, Alexi, Miller, Max, Kyle - all seemed like filler. They didn't get a lot of time in the book, and when they did, it was a bit disappointing. **Spoiler alert** Jenna dies, Pat may or may not have set people up, Alexi is evil, Miller is this human/not-so-human cop type guy, Max doesn't make much effort to save people, and Kyle is evil, too.

The plot also seemed to be missing some things. I don't know if it was just me, and I may have read it wrong, but it seemed like it jumped around a bit. Like, one second Jake is downstairs talking to his father about avoiding Gabby, and then in the next sentence, he's upstairs on the phone with Gabby, wanting to come see her. That happens a lot. One second, a character is doing something or is in a certain area, and the next, they're elsewhere/doing something else completely with no explanation on how they got there or whatever.  I found that a little frustrating and confusing.

Then there was the grammatical errors. I'm an awful grammar Nazi(and I apologize for it), and when I read, I think it takes away from the book if I'm constantly correcting mistakes I see. That happened a lot in this book. Commas were missing in spots where they probably should have been used and words were used wrong(click instead of clique; taught instead of taut). That just kind of made me want to toss my Kindle out the window. *sigh*

The only thing I think I really liked about this book was the cover and synopsis. That's a bit disappointing, but it's the truth. The ending didn't really make me want to read the sequel, but at the same time, it kind of did. So I'm torn on that aspect.

I guess it's up to you, the readers, if you want to give the book a chance. It wasn't so awful that I'd rate it 1 star or below, but I wouldn't give it more than 2 1/2 stars. If you like angels and demons and want to form your own opinion about the book, you can buy it at the following links:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

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