Sunday, January 18, 2015

ARC Review: Impulse (Submerged Sun #2)

Impulse (Submerged Sun #2) by Vanessa Garden

Publisher: Harlequin Teen/Mira, 2014
288 pages, eBook edition
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
When Miranda Sun returns to Marin on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, this time of her own free will, she quickly learns that her worst fears have been realised. The glittering underwater city is not as she had left it, nor too is Marko, the young king who has dominated her thoughts and heart for the last twelve months since leaving Marin.

Miranda, however, has not made the journey to Marin alone, and now must contend with not only Marko’s evil brother Damir but more surprisingly her sister Lauren who has an agenda of her own. Marko’s power begins to wane and with cracks beginning to show in the domed Utopian city, and veiled danger lurking everywhere, she quickly learns that in this dazzling city full of beautiful people she can trust no-one but herself.

If Miranda wants to survive, she must decide between the hardened sensibilities in her head and the hungers of her heart. Will her decision cause more heartache or can she help to save Marko’s throne?

My Review:
This novel beings almost twelve months after Miranda has returned to the surface and her thoughts soon return to her promise to Marko to return to Main on her 18th birthday. Torn between not wanting to leave her grandparents now the only parents she knows and living with Marko, and calling the underwater kingdom home. But with her sister Lauren ensuring their safety it is time for Miranda to take a chance on the king that was once her reluctant captor. In Marin the women are unable to conceive and the hope of the citizens rest upon her and the King to carry Marin into the next generation.

Twin siblings Sylvia and Damir can’t be trusted and Maranda knows all too well, but loyalty to Sylvia continues to could Marko’s judgement and refuses to listen Miranda’s pleas, but allows her concerns to drive a wedge between them. I warmed to Marko in Captivate in Impulse he was downright cold and unforgiving. Miranda has given up her life, her family and seeing the sun for a life underwater and it seems is not wanted, rumors of other women entertaining Marko in Miranda’s absence are rife throughout the palace but Miranda’s biggest issue is now Lauren, demanding to live within Marin as well. Lauren’s character put me on edge, her endless flirting with any male that moved, she demands to be the center of attention eve thought it is finally Miranda’s time to shine through.

But without a doubt my favorite character from Impulse is Robbie, he is a good friend of the kings he is lovely and an absolute pleasure to read. The romance, or lack thereof was actually more engaging and realistic, no instant and awkward declarations of love but rather frustrating, slow burning and delicious. As indecisive as I find myself about Miranda, I admire her fire and ability to uphold morals, even at the sake of her own happiness. She's adamant that Sylvia is working against Marko and is willing to risk her tentative relationship to ensure Marko's safety.

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