October 01, 2011

Central is a gem

For avid student Olivia Murdoch, life on the Estilorian plane is filled with wondrous adventure. Every lesson about her new existence is both exciting and challenging. Along with her sisters, she embraces this non-human half of herself.

Helping with her lessons is her Gloresti, James. Teacher, scholar and distractingly attractive, James takes on his roles of Olivia’s guide and protector with equal dedication. As he learns the human emotions that Estilorians no longer experience, he starts to see Olivia as much more than just an assigned pairing.

The physically weakest of her sisters, Olivia trains hard to learn things that no typical human classroom can impart. When they travel to “Central,” the Estilorian base, she comes to understand why she must become strong enough to defend herself. She and her sisters are targets.

Not all Estilorians welcome them. In fact, more than one would see them dead.

Okay... So I finished reading Becoming in just a couple days and immediately bought Central because I HAD to find out what happened! Central was the perfect continuation to Becoming. Once again Miss Raine takes us into the Estilorian world where we learn more about the sisters. We learn more about Gabriel and his fellow Gloresti (haawwwwwwwt) warriors and the other Estilorians.

Central was predominantly through the perspective of the middle sister, Olivia, which was nice. I relate to her most being the down-to-earth book nerd type. Olivia is strong in her own way, but not like her sisters. Amber is the fighter, Skye is the light when all is dark, and Olivia is really almost like the heart. Much to my geekish pleasure the girls learn more about their abilities and how to fight back, to defend themselves in Central. Nothing gets me pumped up more than girls kicking some major bootay, and they do their share. Girl Power!

There is also some evil lurking and the sisters fall prey to those who are not so keen on the sisters being on their plane. The Mercesti are downright dirty and their leader, Grolkinei, will stop at nothing to get his creepy hands on them.

Again Central is full of the romance of Becoming and you find yourself falling hard for the Gloresti warriors sworn to protect the Daughters. Caleb (Skye's Gloresti) is a rock that crumbles under the power of Skye's persistent sass. James (Olivia's Gloresti) is just beyond words to me. He is strong, capable, fiercely protective, yet absolutely clueless on how to properly express himself to Oilvia. Love him! Want to put James in my pocket and take him home.

Did it rock my world? Fo sho! I give Central a 7.8 on my Richter scale.

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