May 252011

The Advice Girl (Dalara series #1) by L.A. Shaw
Rating: 4/5
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, Author’s website

Kira and Sophia are best friends, and have been since early childhood. Sophia is nicknamed “The Advice Girl” because people just feel comfortable talking to her. When she is killed in a mysterious accident, Kira is devastated. Things become worse when Kira finds a note from Sophia that makes her question everything she knows about her friend. This note draws her into a war between two secret societies who may know more about Sophia than she does.

This novella is fast paced and full of action. There are a few places where it seems rushed and I’d love to see more detail, but overall, it is a very exciting read.

Kira is a very developed, and likeable character. She becomes really depressed when Sophia dies. Reading those passages, I really wanted to give her a hug and help her feel better. While she doesn’t have any special powers, she is still willing to do whatever she needs to in order to help her best friend.

Sophia is a interesting character. Her abilities are unique and portrayed in a realistic manner.

The one thing I had trouble with was how quickly Sophia and Ethan’s relationship progressed. Given a little more time, or a bit more explanation about their time together would go a long way to making me believe how intense they were.

The ending had quite a few loose ends, but it was still handled in a concluding manner. It could have been a stand alone book, and even when I finished it, I didn’t realize it was part of a series right away. Anyone who reads my reviews will know this is an important detail to me, and this book handled it in a very satisfying way that makes me really look forward to the next book.

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