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Synopsis: Having passed her test in Book One, Sunshine’s Luiseach powers are now fully awakened: for months now, Sunshine has felt spirits everywhere: heard voices, felt emotions–intense and sometimes overwhelming. She tries to ignore them, but it is impossible. Hoping to get her powers under control–And hoping for answers to her never-ending questions–she agrees to undergo training with her Luiseach mentor, even though she still hopes to give up her powers someday.
She and her mentor clash left and right; he doesn’t understand or approve of her attachment to the humans in her life; and she can’t understand how he could give her up so many years ago, only to endanger her mother’s life as part of a test.
Sunshine’s training is every bit as terrifying and creepy as her test was, and along the way she meets and befriends another young Luiseach, forcing her to confront her feelings for Nolan. Though her mentor is reluctant to answer her many questions, she finally learns more about her lineage, as well as the rift that threatens the future of Luiseach and the human race…and the crucial part she has to play in repairing it.
I really liked the first book in this series The Haunting of Sunshine Girl and I’m happy to say the sequel is just as good. This book further develops not only Sunshine’s story and that of her family’s, but also the history behind the Luiseach. It’s actually pretty amazing the amount of information the two authors are able to impart in a 304 page novel. Whereas the first book was more like a classic ghost story spinning off from Paige McKenzie’s popular YouTube series, the second book focuses more on relationships and accepting one’s destiny. In the midst of being taken away from her mother and friends and trained to use her powers by a mentor she doesn’t trust, the ever adorkable Sunshine battles with insecurity and awkwardness, and a slightly annoying obsession with her frizzy hair. Despite her unique abilities, teens will be able to completely relate to Sunshine and her self-deprecating humor. There’s the barest hint of a love triangle but things are quickly resolved before it gets to the annoying stage. One word of warning; the story ends with a huge cliffhanger, which to be honest left me a bit frustrated, especially since the next book won’t be published until next year. I’m just not a very patient person! Seriously though, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl and its predecessor may be written for young adults, but it’s engaging enough to appeal to adult fans of urban fantasy and paranormal fiction. The story is scary without being overly graphic and it will leave you on the edge of your seat. If you decide to try this thrilling book, take my advice: Try to pick a day where you think you can read without too many distractions, because I guarantee once you start you’ll find it impossible to put down!