Book Review: Miyuki (Unusuals #2) by Veronica Bane

Miyuki_coverTitle: Miyuki
Author: Veronica Bane
Genre: YA Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

In the town of Jericho, a group of misfit teenagers haunts the underbelly of their society. Armed with the ability to manipulate different parts of nature, these teenagers fight for their right to stay alive. In the months following an attack on their lives, danger still lurks around them. Those behind the original strike have risen from the ashes, and new powers are beginning to reveal themselves. With this mysterious threat imminent, Mara, Miyuki, and the rest of the Unusuals must stand together to fight. However, time is running out for the group, for someone—or something—is hunting them, and this time around, not all of them will survive.

In Miyuki, the sequel to Mara, our two heroines and their friends have it even tougher than in the first book. Now they all know they have some kind of super power – Alex’s is lightning, Mara has fire, and Miyuki has water – but that doesn’t mean they’re invincible. With The Stranger still hunting Unusuals, and with some of the other Unusuals turning against their own, they have their work carved out for them if they want to survive.

Mara is convinced her brother is still hanging around, and in fact, working with The Stranger. The others aren’t convinced of her idea, causing another division between the Unusuals. Then something terrible happens, ripping them apart even more. When they get captured by The Stranger and his cronies, they’ll have to fight for their lives once again. The stakes have never been higher.

I liked Mara even more in this book. It’s obvious that she’s struggling between her tendency to be a loner, and to do everything on her own, and working together with the group, but she’s trying to protect them regardless. She even puts her neck out for Miyuki, even though it’s obvious the two of them have several issues they still need to sort out.

Miyuki was okay. I still don’t like her as much as I like Mara, and she still comes across as arrogant some of the time. As a character, she’s great, because she’s deeply flawed, and hard to get along with. But I still don’t find her very likeable. Miles and Chris play a larger role here, which was good, since we didn’t get to know them very well in the first book.

With a great dose of suspense and action, an enjoyable writing style, and an eclectic mix of characters, this book is a great read for fans of young adult fantasy.


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  1. Elise-Maria Barton says

    Perfect summertime reading for my granddaughter! Thanks for sharing these wonderful books.
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