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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Shatter Scatter by Michelle L. Levigne

Shatter Scatter: Book 2 of the Emerald Necklace Series by Michelle L. Levigne
Publisher: Mundania Press, LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Length: Full (235 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Holly

The long-awaited sequel to Wolves on the West Side.

Be careful what you wish for!

Aggie, Brody and Lara learn the hard way that tampering with magic and investigating without the guidance of their mysterious guardian, Anton Dorayn, leads to big problems. All they meant to do was test a few theories, but a supposedly harmless picnic in the park stirs up magic and opens a doorway into another world. Is it the home the three barely remember?

Between finding Werelings who claim to be relatives, a waterlogged ghost searching for her true love, magic that doesn't follow the supposed rules and wizards who suddenly want to kill Lara, it's not a day in the park by any stretch of the imagination. All they know is that they have to protect the friends who fell through into the mirror world with them and unlock the secret of the magical disaster that hit them ten years ago, before unraveling magic destroys the land, and possibly the world

Ten years ago, during a wild and unusual storm, three children appeared in a park in Cleveland, Ohio. Two are shape-shifters, fraternal twins, and the third is a bit younger. Aggie, Brody and Lara have grown up, able to mind speak, and have formed few real friendships in the ten years. Their good friends, Greg, Allison and Mike are close, and there is a wizard, Anton Dorayn, who came with Lara and the twins to Earth to guide and protect them. Now they want to try an experiment, and see if they can recreate the conditions that brought them to Cleveland, and find out who they really are. When they do gather together in the park where they feel the magic the strongest, there are seven of them, including Mike’s cousin Allen, a jock who is always trying to score with Allison.

They succeed beyond their wildest dreams, and find themselves in a land wild and dangerous, and filled with magic. At first they are separated, but find the way back together. The adventures, and mishaps, make this a very interesting story to read. The romance between Lara and Greg is beginning to blossom, and there is also a strong bond between Allison and Brody. In this strange “mirror world” so similar to their home, yet wilder and more magical, each of the group is seeking the reason behind everything, and who they really are.

Shatter Scatter is book two of the Emerald Necklace series, and it is a great adventure. The young men are heroic and protective, and the young women are strong in character and wisdom. Allen makes an excellent skeptic, a true non-believer in magic in spite of what he sees with his own eyes. Michelle Levigne gives us a story of first love, touching and gentle, but also lasting. There is humor, action and lots of surprises for the unwary reader. This book can be read as a stand alone, but I would like to have read the first book to have more of the back-story of Lara, Aggie and Brody. This is definitely a book well worth reading, especially for those who believe in magic and love. I enjoyed this trip to this magical place, and would love to read more about these young people.