Review: Tempting Fate (The Immortal Descendants #2) by April White

Since discovering her power as a ‘clocker’, or an Immortal Descendant, life for Saira Elian hasn’t gotten much easier.

Being a clocker means Saira can transport herself through time at will. She is currently living at St. Brigid’s school where she is learning about her power as well as the powers of the other Descendants.

For the first time in her life she is stable: she has friends, her mother, excelling in school, and her super attractive boyfriend, Archer who happens to be Death’s Descendant–better known as a Sucker, or vampire.

But she is struggling with what it means to rely on others and to truly open her heart to her friends and boyfriend. It’s been easier for her to remain closed off and alone then to have others support her.

Not she is trying to sort out to mention her parentage. She is the product of a forbidden union between two Descendant’s.

The topic of mixed Descendants has become a hot button item in the realm of Descendant politics. The Mongers have become more and more aggressive and outspoken–war is on the horizon.

One night Saira accidentally sees a vision through her boyfriend Archer. The vision shows their friend Ringo being tortured by their arch enemy, Bishop Wilder in what looks like a Tudor era prison.

But Ringo isn’t the only person Bishop Wilder is after….he has obtained a false confession about Elizabeth Tudor that he plans on using to have her beheaded and thus altering the entire history of England as it is known.  Bishop Wilder’s meddling in the past has huge ramifications, a split in time.

Saira must travel back to the Tudor era and try to save Ringo as well as Elizabeth Tudor before the split happens. Archer plans on going with her to the past so she is not alone.  Saira must learn to trust others as well as her heart.

I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Marking Time last year and since then, I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this one. Since the first book did an amazing job of explaining the Descendants and their background and history, this book literally hits the ground free running!

There was a large chase/action sequence that opens the book, which I loved. It was great to start the book at such a quick pace. Though from time to time, I did find myself trying to recall all the Descendant details in the beginning–the action was fantastic.

This book does a great job at exploring a lot of teen issues such as fitting in, first love, friendships, forgiveness, choice, and trust. I loved the relationships between all the characters and how they have evolved and changed from the first book to this one.

The only thing I was looking forward to in this one was seeing more romantic progress between Archer and Saira. In the first book there was a lot more romance and romantic tension between the two which I had hoped to see more of in this one. There was some romance and tension between the two, but I guess I was just expecting things to heat up a little more.

In the first book, I loved Saira’s character and loved how she was presented. I am pleased that she is still the same plucky girl she was in the first book.  She is still smart, independent, street smart, sharp, witty, and inquisitive. She isn’t unfeeling or harsh, or nieve and silly.

She knows what she wants and what she doesn’t want both in life and in her relationships. She isn’t complicated and is straight forward from the beginning of the series until now. I absolutely love her!

The only thing that I found somewhat distracting in the novel was Saira’s need to nickname everyone she met. In book one I don’t remember so much of this. I only remember that she nicknamed Seth, Slick and Ringo….well Ringo. But in this book it seemed like a lot of the non-important characters were given nicknames and I just had a hard time keeping them all straight. I thought it could have been more simplified.

At times it was hard to keep all the ‘time rules’ straight as well. You definitely need to pay attention when you are reading to make sure you don’t miss anything important.

I especially loved that we aren’t limited to one historic period. I know it’s a time travel novel but I’ve seen some novels just stick to one period rather than jump around. My guess would be that there is a lot of historic research that needs to be done when writing a period novel so multiple time periods would be a lot of research.

I loved that White didn’t shy away from a challenge. She showed her ability as a writer by picking more than one historic era to set this novel in. Well done!

I am in love with this series. There is a lot of adventure and time travel not to mention a strong likable protagonist. Throw in a little love, danger, and history and you have a recipe for a standout YA series!

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: Tempting Fate (The Immortal Descendant’s #2) by April White

  • ebook
  • Published June 29th 2014 by Smashwords Edition (first published June 28th 2014)
  • ISBN13 9780988536838
  • Review copy provided by: Author in exchange for an honest review

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 4.5 out of 5

Genre: YA, fantasy, Tudor lit, Steampunk

Memorable lines/quotes: 

Knowing something doesn’t always take away the wish for a different outcome

Fascinating that you believe a mere apology can absolve you of the gravity of your transgressions. I find apologies are most often an insincere attempt to make oneself feel better

It’s easier to know the right answer than to do what it takes to make it true.

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