Crimson Return (Fall of Venus #2) by Daelynn Quinn (Reviewed by Cianna)

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Title: Crimson Return

    Author: Daelynn Quinn

    Published Date: January  31, 2014

    Genre:  YA/NA Dystopian


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After escaping captivity from the Crimson Survivor Refuge, where the survivors of a mysterious virus were held under the guise of protection, Pollen McRae, her niece, Evie, and Marcus Stygma live peacefully at a botanical research center, where scientists and engineers are building a shuttle to escape the dying planet and colonize its neighbor called A1D3. Pollen’s idyllic life is turned upside down when Glenn, her ex-fiance and former Crimson Enforcer, bursts into the COPS facility. She finds herself torn between her feelings for Marcus and her past with Glenn when a new development arises. There is a spy among them. Plans and components for the shuttle have been stolen and all signs point to Glenn, the newcomer. But before he can be banished Glenn reveals to Pollen that a mysterious prisoner is still being held captive in the solitary level at Crimson. Determined to rescue him, she must find a way back. But how many lives will she put at risk? Content warning: This book contains sexual scenarios and some occasional strong language.

 ***Contains Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***

paragraph divider 18***Cianna, #NerdGirlSunshine’s Review***

This book has everything I would expect for a sequel to A Fall of Crimson, and much more. This book effortlessly juggles the sci fi and dystopian elements without letting it overwhelm the story, and scare the reader off.

Quinn still knows how to effectively weave a story with powerful moments, characters with depth, and something that lingers with the reader. The first book was quite book, catchy, interesting and really brought us into the world Pollen is living in, but this second book shakes us up. There are time in this book I really wanted to jump into the story and shake Pollen around a bit, a nice little slap to pull herself together. She gets shaky at time, understandably so, but it’s frustrating for the reader, we want to see her do more.There’s less action in this book, compared to the first book, but it makes sense. There’s more layers to this book we couldn’t experience in the first book, so I didn’t completely mind the lack of action, but the end gives you a good amount of action, if you stick it out and read to the end, you won’t regret it!

My only criticism is I’m honestly not a fan of love triangles, I’m over them, you just see them too often, but the author does a good job with it, and it doesn’t take away from the story, it’s just a personal preference for me. The back story here that we keep getting more of is darker as it goes, and it’s really well done, I think this book I enjoyed more than the first one, I think we’re given more to draw upon in this story, and I do like the development of Pollen, Marcus and Glenn. It’s a testament to the author’s talent, and I can’t wait to start the last book! I still have some questions, so I wonder if they’ll be answered! :)

Stay tuned!

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