Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Essence by: Kimberly Derting

Publication Date: January 2013

Overview: At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania. But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared: The evil queen’s Essence is fused to Charlie’s psyche, ready to arise at the first sign of weakness.
Charlie is not weak, but she’s being pushed to the brink. In addition to suppressing the ever-present influence of Sabara, she’s busy being queen—and battling a growing resistance determined to return Ludania to its discriminatory caste system. Charlie wants to be the same girl Max loves, who Brook trusts, but she’s Your Majesty now, and she feels torn in two.
As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages will be the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within.

My thoughts: Charlaina is dealing with a lot. From Sabara inside her and someone out to kill her, this girl has a lot on her back right now. 
I think I would crack under pressure. 
Her love Max....is amazing but during this book their romance is mostly pout on the back burner. I think you could write a whole book about them and maybe it won't have taken me so long to get into this one. 
I was disappointed because it took me a long time to read. I actually had to make myself read a couple chapters every day, normally I would have just picked it up and never put it down. After the kidnapping and other traumatic things that happen everyone seems again Charlie but I know they care, even if she doesn't and in my opinion she needs the kick Sabara out of there. They nee to work and find a plan to get rid of her once and for all. 

My rating: 3 stars

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