After narrowly escaping Savannah and her Asterian thugs, Aspen has finally unearthed a clue to her forgotten past: a small brass key and a handwritten note that says 'Start here'. With nothing but her resolve – and Aiden’s silver lighter – Aspen sets forth on a solo cross-country journey. But things begin to unravel quickly on the open road, and Aspen soon realizes that her biggest challenge on this trip won’t be making it to California in one piece, but keeping her growing powers in check… a feat that’s proving harder and harder to manage.
Meanwhile, Aiden, on his own mission to find his sister, has gone radio silent. Though an old ‘friend’ from Aspen’s past warns her not to go after him, she knows she has no choice. But their impromptu reunion has some unintended complications: ghosts from Aspen’s past come back to haunt her, painful secrets that Aiden has been harboring come to light, and deep-rooted family conflicts threaten to tear their bond apart.
Still, there’s a faint light at the end of the tunnel: Aspen now knows for certain that her mother is alive and being held prisoner. She and her friends just have to get there in time – and pray Savannah doesn’t catch them first.
About the Author
Rachel graduated from the University of Colorado after focusing on Psychology and Neuroscience. She lived overseas in both Japan and Turkey teaching English, then returned back to Colorado after missing her friends and the gorgeous skies there. When she’s not engrossed in writing, Rachel enjoys painting, reading, photography, traveling, and, most recently, getting clay everywhere except centered on the potter’s wheel, where it belongs. She lives about thirty minutes away from Aspen’s fictional cabin, along with her husband/best friend, a stellar mineral collection, and a bunch of fish who provide plenty of Game of Thrones-style drama and intrigue.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It is easy to disregard 5-star reviews as biased, yet it strikes me as the only fair score for this book. Not only is there a wonderful continuity between the two books in terms of the characters' mental journey, the author also manages to introduce the people, setting and situation in a very pleasant way for those who continue reading after volume one as well as any readers new to the series who did not read the first book. The book is once again a more or less self-contained story for those who would like to read it as such. The story starts out at a point that many less-gifted writers would turn into either a boring enumeration of facts or take to a way-too-hasty conclusion, making the reader lose touch with the main character. Ms. Rener manages to make the story flow beautifully and naturally, though. The element of superpowers is elaborated upon and interesting new ideas are explored - and the backgrounds of the main characters are also shown in more detail. We get to know the characters and what makes them tick, so we can sympathize. It is hard to say much about this book without spoiling any of it for the reader. I can only add that the writing style is, in my opinion, fast-paced and only offering just the right amount of detail in its descriptions to help you create a proper mental image, without dictating the details for your mind's eye. This book takes us on an adventure in the world we all know, yet we know nothing about.
I read the first book and loved it, just finished the second book, and am obsessed with Aspen and Aiden! The author has brought to life these two characters with her eloquent writing style. Jam packed with pulse-racing action – this book doesn’t disappoint! Can’t wait for the third book! What comes next for Aspen and Aiden in “The Beginning,” will be a nail-bitter for sure!
I did not think I could possibly love this book more than the first installment, "The Awakening", but I was so wrong. It is so. So. SO GOOD. 5 stars, hands-down. Am counting the hours until the last book in the trilogy.