Today's review is on Smoke and Mirrors by Rue Volley
Smoke and Mirrors is the second installment in Volley's Blood and Light series and is a fantastic improvement from the first. Whereas book one was like a chore to read, Smoke and Mirrors was a joy.
Not only is it great to see the development of character's through a series of books, it is equally if not more exciting to see a writer improve through each new work of art. Volley has done just that.
Volley was able to keep the story flowing smoothly by keeping the focus of danger and suspense simpler than she did in the first book. Though there were still many dangers facing Rue and her new "family", they were not repetitive in nature. Although I was a bit surprised that the relationship between Rue and Josh did not progress much further than where it was at the end of the first book. With that said; however, I loved how Volley used that in the end. (I even shed a few tears)
I am looking forward to the third and final installment in the Blood and Light series. I am caught up in finding out what happens next to Rue, Josh, and the rest of the gang. I am also looking forward to seeing how much more Volley has grown in her writing as well.
3.5 of 4 stars