Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Disharmony: The Laeduin by Leah Giarratano

Author:  Leah Giarratano
Genre:  Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Publisher:  Penguin
Publication Date:  30th January 2013
ISBN:  9780143565697
Stand alone or series:   Disharmony #2
Pages:  344 pages
Book Received from:  Penguin Australia
First Lines:  I don't even know whether you guys are receiving these messages.  I just have to hope that you are - well, I guess we all do - because the volume control has been ramped up on the freakometer, and Luke, Samantha and Jake are in for a hell of a ride.

Possible spoilers if you haven't read the first book!


The psychopath, the empath and the genius are finally together – and not everyone is happy about their reunion. As their powers grow stronger they are forced to seek out an unexpected ally. But as war between the worlds threatens to erupt, it becomes apparent that no one can be trusted . . . not even family.
 The second book in this gripping new series about a collision of worlds, the power of destiny, and the darkness in us all

My Thoughts:
When I picked up The Laeduin I didn't realize it was going to be a bit of a struggle to pick up where The Telling left off.  It wasn't until Samantha mentions her family back at home when things started to click into place.

Finally the three siblings are together and not everybody is happy with this arrangement.  Outside forces do everything in their power to break them apart and send them towards their mother and since she is not able to approach them directly, she finds other ways to make this happen.

My pet peeves have to be the chapters with Intellicide and another character.  We don't really get given much in the way of who this person is and apart from summing up what's happening so far I don't see how this ties in.  I mean except for where his whereabouts and possible identity come out towards the end I found that he/she was a little annoying in interrupting the story.  I am sure the Authors has plans for this other person and they will reveal themselves in the next book but right now I don't see how his/her involvement helps.

The other character which I will keep quiet about the identity pops up roughly 3/4 through the book and really threw me off.  I felt like the very first chapter from them took away a little from the story.  It's not until I kept reading that I worked out why they were there but I think it would have helped if that was introduced further back and not shoved in so far down the story.  Again these are my thoughts.

In saying that I really did enjoy the rest of the story.  I felt for Luke big time.  He seems to be on the outer when it comes to fitting in.  Samantha and Jake have no probs with blending in with other groups so when Luke was on the outer I felt like I favoured his POV more as a character.

I love the way the world is set up with the portals and other creatures and finding out that some of these creatures have been hidden in plain sight made me want to find out the reasoning they would go out of their way to help humans, a species their kind despises.

This was a great read and although I had a few gripes I look forward to reading what happens in the next book.  Because that's one thing I have to save for this series so far, you can't predict what's going to happen next.  Which is a big thumbs up for me!!


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