Stunned. Stunned. Stunned…..I have to say it three times because it’s how I truly feel after reading the second book in The Annika Brisby Series. If you haven’t read the first book or even my first review, do NOT read this one and read the first book because this review contains minor SPOILERS! You can read my review on the first book here.
To review the ending of the last novel, Annika was whisked (more like sucked) back into her dimension, leaving Talvi alone. For three months, they both walked along in their own worlds, depressed because of their separation. Annika is considered slightly crazy by her family considering she had disappeared without a trace for several months only to suddenly appear in the middle of France, rambling about her misadventures in Talvi’s world.
The book shifts among their story, Talvi’s former elf now vampire twin sister Yuri and her lover Constantine’s trysts, and Annika’s elf family member who is finally re-discovering love herself. The only downside I saw with this one is it barely touched the other two side-stories compared to Talvi and Annika’s own. BUT there is a great lesson in this book that I believe all couples should take to heart. Sappy, I know, but trust me on this!
Talvi Marinossian has slain maenads and fought off vampire attacks, but nothing has prepared him for getting involved with one of these forbidden ‘Modern Girls’. When he finally tracks down Annika it’s obvious that she’s changed since her recent adventure in his homeland.It’s also clear that she’s not ready to embrace the next chapter in her life. He tries to persuade her to open up to him, but she finds it difficult since he won’t even explain how he earns a living, why he has a secret cell phone, or the reason he keeps another woman’s handkerchief in his pocket. Instead of relying on Talvi to help her adjust, Annika delves into her music and her job, and it isn’t long before the new lovers find themselves completely out of sync with one another. Just when they start to find their rhythm, Talvi is called away on business and whisks Annika off to Paris for what is supposed to be a working vacation. But one bad decision leads to another, and the chaos that ensues may cost someone their life.
As I sit here patiently awaiting for Emigh Cannaday to release her third book, I am literally shaking from the ending of this last book. Many have compared the second book to be slower than the first and I have to slightly agree. Yes, it was slower, however to me, I think the author did it so readers could capture the lesson.
Communication, truthfulness, thoughtfulness, sacrifice, and proving ones love is hard when you barely know your partner like in Talvi and Annika’s situation. It takes a true couple to battle through the remains of past sins and current circumstances in order for love to bloom. It’s a slow process and that’s how I compare it to the pace of the second novel. Much like the battle and growth of a marriage, relationship, or even friendship-it takes time.
If you didn’t heed my warning in the beginning and read this anyway, click HERE to get your copy of the first book.
If you’ve read the first book, click HERE to get a copy of the sequel.
About the Author
After bouncing around from Paris to Portland, Emigh Cannaday now lives in Wisconsin with her husband and a pack of Welsh Corgis. She grew up drawing, painting, and writing down her elaborate daydreams that focus on nature, intuition, and a bit of magic. She spends her free time testing out new recipes in the kitchen and playing with houseplants and horses.
She also co-hosts the Wine Wars podcast, a well-edited but uncensored show dedicated to all things wine and Star Wars.