Friday, November 21, 2014

Book Review: Secrets (The Geneva Project #2) by Christina Benjamin

Secrets (The Truth Project #2)
By Christina Benjamin
Publisher: Christina Benjamin
Published: Sept. 22, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

Age Level: 11 - 18 | Grade Level: 6 - 12
Geneva finally knows the truth about her identity. The Book of Secrets gave her a name, a sister and a destiny to fulfill, but it also revealed many more secrets she must uncover. Some are dark and mysterious and beyond her wildest dreams. Now she has to decide who she can trust with her secrets and which of them she must keep to herself.

Can you keep a secret?
What if your life depended on it?

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 My Thoughts:

Secrets is the second book in the Geneva Project Series. I would recommend reading Truth the first book before starting this one. You can find my review of Truth HERE.

Secrets continues on from where Truth leaves off. In this book we get insights into those that are looking for the Eva and the Book of Secrets, though we don’t really know who they are. We do get the sense they are not very friendly toward her though.

At this point in the story Geneva has made it into the forest and found the Beto people who are much more populous than anyone at the Troian Center had thought. She learns much from the people there and from the Book of Secrets.

Everyone has secrets it seems. Some of the secrets will hurt others. Some of the secrets she needs to discover if she is to fulfill her mission as Eva. Some of them are dark and mysterious and very dangerous. The trouble is, she doesn’t know who she can trust. She’s been told to trust her sister Jemma, previously known as Jane 31, who’d made life miserable for her and Remi at the Troian Center, but she’s having a hard time of it since Jemma seems to be making a play for Nova, the young man she thinks she might be falling in love with.

Above all, they have a mission to complete. They need to find the four pillars: fire, wind water and earth. Eva knows who two of the pillars are, but she and her friends are going back to look for them at the Troian Center because the clues from the Book of Secrets is leading them there.

The road to the Troian Centre is hazardous. There are many encounters along the way, some good, some bad. I really enjoyed the fantasy part of this tale and the description of the journey.

The depth of character development also continued in this book as well, particularly between the sisters Jemma and Geneva, as they got to know one another better. Knowing your sister better doesn’t necessarily mean loving her better however.

Geneva’s angst due to her friendship with Remi and her growing love for Nova is painful, especially as she battles with running away, giving them up because of her task as the Eva or choosing one of them. If you’ve ever been in any kind of similar experience, you’ll feel her pain too.

Secrets was a fast-paced novel that was difficult to put down. Beware though – there was a cliff-hanger ending so you’ll have to wait for Christina to finish writing book 3 before you can read it. I rated Secrets 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Young adult author Christina Benjamin grew up in the small town of La Plume, PA, where at an early age her playful imagination lent itself to love the art of story telling. She began to write short stories in grade school and continued practicing her craft all the way through college where she attended the University of Central Florida to complete her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Technical Writing. 

After spending some time writing for blogs and websites, she was inspired to get back to her true love of telling stories, and dove head first into The Geneva Project, her first novel. 

Christina now lives in Central Florida with her husband, dog and cats and spends her free time writing the 2nd book of The Geneva Project series.

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