The Second Sign

The Second Sign

by Elizabeth Arroyo

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ISBN-13: 9781938404306
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing LLC
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

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The Second Sign 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SunMtnReviews More than 1 year ago
Arroyo has written a wildly imaginative fantasy that immediately immerses you into a world where angels and demons inhabit the earth, hidden among humans, fighting behind the scenes in the classic battle of good versus evil. The plot is twisty and provocative with some intense, dark moments and a level of violence that make this an edgy YA series.  There are so many aspects of this novel that made it an enjoyable and absorbing reading experience. First of all the main cast of characters, Gabby, Max, Jake, Mir, and Pat are richly developed, complex characters with their fair share of flaws that make it hard to peg them as simply good or bad. Throughout the story, these characters continually challenge any assumptions I may try to make about them. Their motivations, thoughts, and behavior aren’t always predictable, and my feelings about them often fluctuated as their personalities emerged and their back stories and secrets are revealed.   As the protagonist, Gabby epitomizes the feelings many people have at various times in their lives, especially during the teenage years: frustration and disappointment that she can never measure up to her twin brother, Max, and a deep yearning to be understood and accepted. As the children of an angel and a human, both Gabby and Max have gradually developed their own supernatural powers that make it hard for them to fully fit in with their peers.  Gabby, with her violet eyes and reluctance to touch others, feels like a “freak.” Her brother Max has been given his wings and has already begun fulfilling his angelic duties.  Max’s angel powers elevate his compassion and ability to soothe others. In contrast, Gabby is a loner, quick-tempered, prone to violence, and, overall, not well-liked or accepted among her classmates. She often compares herself to Max and wonders, deep down, if she isn’t inherently just a bad person who will never be worthy of angel status. However, her perception of herself and humanity in general begins to shift after she meets Jake, who takes one look at her and is mesmerized. Afraid of being rejected, Gabby tries her hardest to keep Jake at a distance, but he refuses to be deterred in his quest to get to know her.  Right from the start, the attraction and connection between them is so fervent even they don’t fully understand its potency. As Jake and Gabby grow closer, Jake becomes Gabby’s light, drawing her out of her darkness, making her question who she can be, who she wants to be. Unfortunately, fate has other plans for Gabby and Jake, and no matter how hard they try, their romance just isn’t meant to be. The secrets they keep from each other only worsen their situation, and it’s heartbreaking to watch their relationship begin to unravel.   The story is told from both Gabby’s and Jake’s alternating POVs, and while this is wonderful in helping me to connect with their characters because I can understand and empathize with their thoughts, fears, insecurities, and even the torment that threatens to destroy them, it also left me just as much in the dark as they are about the major events to come.  The clues are cryptic and the foreshadowing is so subtle that, at times, I had no idea what was going to happen next. I never really felt lost as I was reading; I just questioned how much I really understood about the overall scheme of the plot in its broadest context. I was often just as surprised as Gabby and Jake as they discover the roles they have been destined to play and become pawns to be manipulated by both angels and demons.  Just when I get answers about one mysterious aspect of the storyline, another mystery surfaces, and I’m constantly trying to piece the puzzle together even at the end. I don’t always know who can be trusted and just how far Gabby and Jake will go to protect each other.  Needless to say, this was anything but a mindless read. The ending was unsettling for me because so many questions are left unanswered, but that is okay since the series is just beginning. Arroyo does a great job in delving into themes of free will and destiny as well as the power of love and sacrifice. I received an ARC of this book from the author to provide an honest review. 
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Arroyo sets the ominous tone for the story with The Second Sign's first chapter in which we meet the demon Naite and "the Intruder" who is responsible for the gruesome murder of a priest. Next we are introduced to Gabby, a loner and constantly in trouble for fighting at school, who is followed by a dark entity. It is so casually mentioned that she has paranormal talents and her brother has wings that I honestly had to read the paragraph twice, " Max and Gabby were nothing alike. When they turned six, Max saved a kid from getting trampled in the train yards and got the power of persuasion, while Gabby who had saved a snake, which happened to to poison Mrs Elias' mongoose soon afterwards, had her eyes turn purple and got the ability to see angels and demons. When they turned twelve, Max gave a bully the other cheek and got wings. Gabby punched the bully on both cheeks, nose, eye and lip and got the ability to feel impressions people leave behind." When Gabby goes to stay in her Guardian's lake house, expecting trouble for her eighteenth birthday, she meets brother and sister Jake and Jenna. Jake and Gabby are attracted to each other but Gabby is reluctant to become involved, yet when awful events begin to happen around Mount Desert Island she realizes she needs a friend. Normally Gabby would not be the kind of heroine I enjoy reading about, but Elizabeth Arroyo presents her internal struggle with empathy; Gabby is desperate to be accepted by her father and unfortunately in the truth there is only a sad irony for her. In The Second Sign Elizabeth Arroyo pushes past the reader's limits of expectation; at times she writes scenes showing demonic violence which may turn our stomachs, but it is entirely appropriate to the story and because of this I would recommend this book to a mature YA/NA audience. I would really recommend The Second Sign to fans of this genre, but it is definitely lighter on the romance and heavier on the paranormal and drama elements. Definitely a winner with me!
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
The Second Sign is an interesting story about demons and angels and what they are capable of.  Gabby isn't sure what she's supposed to be.  The second twin that wasn't supposed to live, she's a loner with a temper.  When her latest fight gets her banished to the lake house she meets Jake - and something unexpected happens - which leads to a lot more unexpected things happening. She finds she has a very important part to play in upcoming events, but she's not sure it's the part she wants. All of the main characters in this book were so easy to fall in love with.  Gabby especially as she seems to be getting the short end of the stick over and over again.  You can't help but root for her to come out on top.  The world building for the angels and demons was great.  They came to life and had you wondering if they really were here all along and we just don't know it.  A very eventful story there was lots going on.  At the end it got to be a little too much and it was a little hard to follow all the resolutions and such as they came one after the other.  It was quite the climactic ending. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
You’re going to laugh at me when I say I’m not really an “angels” reader but I like demons. And all I can say right now is “ooooooh this is getting good!!” I mean this one twisted me! At first I thought angels were bad, then good, then bad, now good… I’m very pleased with this book. It’s quite different from the outlook of angels vs demons but not only that but the story surrounding Gabby! I’m just heartbroken I think. Gabby was a very unique character. Her and her twin, Max are halflings- human and angel… Except Gabby doesn’t think herself an angel because Max gets wings and leads a life complete different from her. She has these abilities that she thinks of as a curse. She’s pushed everyone away to keep herself and them safe. She is constantly lied to or left out. At first I felt sorry for her am then I felt empowered by her. I think she’s endured so many bad things that she will now know the good. And boy does she have a heap load ahead. Jake is a very complicated situation. As well as his father and sister. And then Pat. Man we should be playing Clue with how much all the characters twist and it’s only king to get more complicated. I’m wondering if this will be a series because I’m really hoping the end was not the actual end. It’s not a cliff hanger but there’s an opening that I hope the author runs with. I’m going to say that there’s enough mystery going on that could have any mystery fan salivating. The paranormal romance part is also a big player. I’m so hoping this continues. And it’ll hook you, just like it hooked me. I was thinking it would be another angels fighting the big bad demons, but that’s not the only case here. There’s so much that happened but so much more to come. I need to know what will happen with Jake and I’m glad with everything in the open with Max and I’m dying to know what Gabby will do with her new “ability”! So, if the author reads this- please tell me you’re going to continue and when can I get my paws on book two!! 5 MYSTERIOUSLY DEVIOUSLY BEAUTIFUL PAWS!!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
There is so much of the unexpected within the characters of this book. Are they good? Are they bad? What are they period? Each main character and even some of the supporting characters have layers, and I was lured into their lives completely. You are given so much information within the pages, but there's no feeling of data overload. You are given what you need to know as you need to know it, and most importantly I still wanted to know more. The pacing was flawless, and kept me thoroughly engaged. The ARC of The Second Sign by Elizabeth Arroyo was provided to me by the Supa Girl Tours  for review. The opinions are my own.
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
A beautiful dark paranormal romance! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Gabby is kicked out of school yet again. Her twin brother Max and guardian Adler has “exiled” her to the dreaded lake house yet again. Apparently Max and Gabby are special. Max turns out to be angelic, literally, while Gabby can see angels, demons, and feel impressions people leave behind. What is she? You’ll have to read and find out. Now, every birthday something bad happens so the twins celebrate together to keep Gabby safe. Gabby’s first night at the lake, to her dismay, she meets a boy. Immediate heart throbbing attraction ensues as she fights what she’s feeling…something polar opposite to her usual hatred. There’s so much to love about this book! It had nonstop action, and was a constant page turner. Not to mention the supernatural aspect. We have angels, demons, fallen angels, witches, golems, it was awesome! I was a little disturbed by the theme Gabby’s friends seemed to have throughout the book. My favorite character hands down is Gabby, she’s a very dark person, scary, yet also scared. Jake just wants to love her but she just loves to hate. Unfortunately, I was left hanging as if I’d done one of Jake’s crazy stunts, so I hoping for a book 2, because I’m dying to know what will happen next! If you like dark Good vs. Evil paranormal or supernatural novels, this is a great one for you!
AshleyRedbird More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book, it actually took me by surprise how dark it was. I couldn't put it down but part of me was a little scared of what I might read next. What was interesting to me is I had just finished a book where the two main characters were Jake and Gabrielle. The girl was called Brielle in the last book and in this one she was called Gabby. It was hard at first to picture them as different characters, but once I got into this book, it was very simple to do, considering these characters are much different. Gabby is a very dark, scared character I felt for her right away. She wanted to be liked and loved, but she had so much anger and she just was to scared to really let anyone in. Jake was a guy who was reckless and a dare devil, complete opposite of Gabby. Their almost instead connection was a fast one, but it worked on so many levels. It wasn't a cheesy teenage love story, it had depth and meaning. Normally when connections happen so fast in books, it doesn't seem believable, but I think the fact that this book in paranormal, it fits really well. I love their love/hate relationship. At the end of this book, I was a little disappointed. It did not end where I want it to, but that's not really anything I can control. There better be another book with this one, because this is not satisfying enough to be a stand alone novel. I need more!!!!
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
I've read a few angel and demon books in the past couple of years; Hush Hush, A Beautiful Dark and Rapture come to mind. There have been the stories of good vs evil, light vs dark, fallen angels, demons running amok, etc. This story combines elements of all these if a way that creates a chaotic unique story that can be read in any given time and still holds all its elements in place. Gabby and her twin brother Max, have been motherless since birth. Their father is nonexistent and their guardian, who only seems to be around for Max, is more a background presence than a nurturing figure. This seems to leave Gabby getting into trouble more times than not. For the summer she is basically on her own at the summerhouse in a small community. An outsider and his sister end up there for the summer too, again without supervision and this is where the story plays out. From the beginning I found myself rooting for Gabby, with all her problems and nobody to turn to. Going through the changes she has dealt with in her family and their heritage would not be easy for anyone, and for someone also going through the natural confusions of the teen years this amplified things ten fold. She needed someone there for her, she needed someone to confide in, someone to protect her, someone to just be there for her and she was left to her own devices. Jake, strong willed, compassionate, and also dealing with an unusual home life, was the perfect match for her. The story had many twists in the story, and sometimes I had to reread paragraphs to get the full picture, as it should be, in focus. There were a few times that things could have been resolved by just telling someone what they saw or just by picking up the phone that just didn't seem to fit right. Characters were brought in than quickly brought out that could have just stayed out entirely and made things flow a bit more. There were also times that things were explained all over again, just a paragraph or two later that seemed to distract me from what was actually happening in the story. As I had said earlier, this story resonates to the point that I could have read this twenty years ago or come back and read again twenty years from now and the characters, scenery, story would not be futuristic nor outdated. The story itself combines romance, personal conflicts, theological beings, action, regrets and wraps itself into a package that is hard to peel oneself away from. It makes you think about things but not in a bible thumping sort of way and paves the way into a possible next phase of the story while also leaving you content if the story ends here. Do I recommend this book? Yes, but not for just anybody. This book is not for someone looking for a light read. This book has some very dark moments in it and some very deep issues being dealt with. Fans of The Exorcist, or any scary movie like that, this book is right up your alley. Fans of The Left Behind series, again, this would satisfy you. For those of you wondering, I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Receiving a book this way does not hinder me from being totally honest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved The Second Sign. This was a one-sitting read because I couldn't put it down.