Friday, August 12, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: Dark Heart Rising
Release Date: June 2011
Revisit a world of dark paranormal romance in this must-read follow up to Dark Heart Forever.
'Dark Heart Rising' is the sequel to 'Dark Heart Forever'. I read the latter last year and really enjoyed it, so I was eager to get my hands on this one.
Jane and Luca’s story continues … but not quite as they had planned. When challenges and threats from the immortal world of Nissilum rip the young lovers apart, Jane is bereft. Without Luca’s dancing green eyes, and gentle smile, Jane feels lost, sad and alone. But then a trip to Paris with her grandmother thrusts her in the path of the amiable Soren – a kindred spirit who may be just the distraction she needs … Meanwhile in Nissilum, Luca struggles with the loyalties and expectations that come with being a part of the immortal world. A world that is about to be shaken at its very core: rumblings of mounting unrest are spreading, and with rumours of an angel rebellion growing no creature is safe – especially not a mortal girl who has fallen in love with a wolf boy…
Dark Heart Rising starts a few months after the end in book one. Alot has changed between Jane and Luca, for one, they've broken up and he's engaged to marry someone else. While Jane is left reeling over her broken heart, she tries to move on and forget about Luca. While in Paris visiting her grandmother she meets a boy named Soren who offers to help her get Luca back. While they take on their journey, Jane realises that there is more to Soren than meets the eye and his is hiding a deadly secret, once that could put the whole of Nissilum in danger including Luca.
The romance in this book is not as strong as the first but that is to be expected because of the circumstances. Although it isn't as strong it is still there, you know that Jane still loves Luca as much as she ever has but she is willing to try to let him go if that is what he wants, because of his family. You also realise just how much Luca is trying to repress his feelings for Jane while he is being put through his arranged marriage to Lila, who does seem sweet if just a little too girly. You know that Luca and Jane's love is truly strong and deep even though they are apart for the time being. They only rekindled at the end of the book, but I didn't actually mind that it took until the end for them to get back together and deal with the sacrifices and struggle that they were going to face for the future. I see it as a true love; it is one of the few real types of love that I have read about in a fictional story.