Review: Conspiracies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

Name of book: Conspiracies (Shadow Grail #2)
Author(s): Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Publication: July 5th 2011 by Tor Teen
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Source: Purchased

The second book in the Shadow Grail series by the New York TimesUSA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

Spirit and her friends Burke, Loch, Muirin, and Addie have managed to defeat the evil force that has been killing students at Oakhurst Academy for the past forty years—or so they think. When a series of magical attacks disrupts the school, Doctor Ambrosius calls upon alumnus Mark Rider to secure the campus—and start training the students for war. The only student without magic, Spirit doesn’t trust Mark or his methods. She knows that Oakhurst isn’t safe. And if Spirit and her friends want to live long enough to graduate, they have to find out what is really going on—before it’s too late.

-- My Rating --

4.5 / 5 Oscars: Really liked it...

-- My Thoughts --

     I love co-authored books. It is always fun to figure out which author wrote which part. But sometimes, like this book, the writing is so in harmony that you can never figure it out. Which points to the authors' unique writing style.
Minor spoilers if you have not read Legacies (my review here)...
     Spirit White has survived the Wild Hunt with her friends. But the enemies of Oakhurst academy have much more in mind. Suddenly,students are being taken away again. There is a cold, raw fear circling through the academy whenever all the students are in the same room. New teachers arrive and insure them that they will bring safety. Her friends are slipping further away and her heart is torn between Loch and Burke. What will happen in Spirit's not-so-perfect life? Find out when you read this imaginative, captivating novel, Conspiracies...
     I loved this. Legacies was a very adventurous and mysterious read, this was even more so. Many new things happen in the creepy academy and we see a whole new side to the characters. Spirit's struggles are believable. she is cautious, curious, and she doesn't fit in. Easy to relate to. The pack of secondary characters are well though-out and very easy to relate to, too. The love interests are both great, sweet guys. I couldn't pick a side, until....
     There are some huge twists in this book that you will definitely not expect. Every time I tried to go with the flow, another twist was thrown in, and I was swept off my feet again. Conspiracies will not bore you! Not even one page will pass without something important and valuable that adds to the story. I cannot wait to read the third book! Recommended to everyone who likes some fantasy!

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