Blog Tour [Review & Giveaway]: Crystal Fire by Jordan Dane

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Welcome to my tour stop of Crystal Fire by Jordan Dane~! This is the second book of her series, The Hunted. I have read the first one this year and reviewed it in my other blog, Ramblings of a YA Reader. Please take a look if you are interested. :)

Title: Crystal Fire
Series: The Hunted #2
Author: Jordan Dane
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: 26th November 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Review Copy: NetGalley & YA Bound Book Tours
Book Blurb:
Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.
A storm is brewing on the streets of LA, one that has intensified since a tragic and deadly confrontation claimed an innocent life.
While Gabriel Stewart trains his army of teen psychics to stop Alexander Reese--the obsessed leader of the Believers--the fanatical church becomes more bent on the annihilation of all Indigo and Crystal children. They're silencing the voices of the telepathic hive, one soul at a time, with frightening experiments cruelly executed on vulnerable minds.
When the Believers torture a mysterious homeless boy, Oliver Blue, they brainwash him into betraying his own. The boy becomes a deadly pawn to take Gabriel down. As the fires of chaos burn around him, Gabe is running out of time. He'll need to confront his past--and the man who made him--before the hope of peace for the future is silenced forever.
*Thank you for the ARC copy NetGalley and YA Bound! :)* 

This is a huge step up for me. I rated the first one 3 stars but for this I gave it a 4 stars. I quite liked it. It makes me feel on edge. Wanting to know what will happen next, I need to keep on reading it. I need to understand why they did what they did. 

I started to like the multiple POV. I got glimpse of each main characters. I see Oliver Blue, Calia, Gabe, Rayne, Lucas, Rafe and Kendra. They each got their own baggage. We know that being an Indigo kid, they faced hardship, from their own parents and from the Church who doesn't stop hunting them. I was introduced to that hardship they have experienced.

The story actually continue where it left off. Maybe some weeks after or so. Gabe was training the Indigo kids for the soon-to-be battle with the Church. I love that one lesson they got. It's like in Harry Potter where he needs to defend his mind from Voldemort and therefore Dumbledore had Snape teach him Occlumency/Legilimency. The difference is that the defender wouldn't know what memory did the attacker see. We all know that if Legilimens was used against you, you'll see the memory the attacker saw. I liked that part in Crystal Fire too. Especially for Lucas and Gabe's training. 

I also liked the new characters the author, Jordan Dane, introduced to us. Like the first book, in Crystal Fire, Gabe and the others crossed paths with Oliver Blue. And that the ending for Caila was liked that. I do think she deserved it too and it was the right thing to do. 

I spilled a bit of tears too. When it was time for Rafe's POV and he met someone. You'll know what I was talking about if you read the book too. It's just heartbreaking. And the ending? I honestly thought that it this will be a two book series. But I guess the root of the cause is not yet eradicated. So yes, it is not yet over. But I liked the ending. More are coming.


Bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Jordan Dane’s gritty romantic thrillers are ripped from the headlines with vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense novels to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag, naming her debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM as Best Books of 2008. She also pens young-adult novels for Harlequin Teen. Formerly an energy sales manager, she now writes full time. Jordan and her husband share their Texas residence with two lucky rescue dogs.
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