Book #53: Becoming a Legend by B. Kristin McMichael

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Arianna Grace is about to turn seventeen and her life has been very complicated lately. She is the leader of four clans of night humans: dearg-dul, baku, tengu, and lycan. While the four clans seem to get along better with each other, there is internal conflict on both sides of her family, not to mention the three boys vying for her attention.

Edward Lucan is making a chase for the power to lead the baku clans and is playing his cards by using his nephew Andrew to lure Arianna into a trap. Unfortunately for Lucan, Andrew has his own plans. He has spent the last year waiting for Arianna to see him as more than a friend, and he now finds it necessary to make a move for her affection, despite his uncle.

In the dearg-dul estate, Arianna discovers that the ambitious Lord Seeger has been laying his own strategies for power and is slowly poisoning her. After getting away with her grandfather’s murder, he is setting his sights on her. Luckily for Arianna, her team is on to all of the plans and is making some plans of their own. Will it be enough to keep Arianna safe? Several people close to Arianna have been keeping secrets. If Arianna is to take power and control of the night, she will need to know the truth. Will someone finally tell her what it truly means to become the legend everyone is waiting for, before it is too late to turn back?

 I know. I said I wasn’t going to read the rest of the trilogy. I honestly didn’t care for the first book of this trilogy. It was monotonous and boring. There was no real climax and the book fell. I’m not sure why I decided to continue with the trilogy, but I did.
I found this book, the second book, to be a bit better than the first, but it still needed more. Arianna is a little less of a boring character. She does find some gumption and I appreciate that. In the first book, she was one dimensional. Here? She’s reaching the third.
I like that the romantic drama isn’t really there. Yes, Arianna does have some personal drama going on about boys, but for the reader there isn’t much of a contest. I think it was pretty easy to figure out who she was going to end up with for the rest of the trilogy. There was no doubt on my mind.
As for the main plot points . . . Arianna doesn’t sleep as much as she did in the first book! Which was great. That was a big pet peeve in the first book. She does sleep quite a bit, but it isn’t as much.
There were moments where you think there is going to be action, but it falls short. There is a bit of a twist, but again the resolvement doesn’t feel like a big reveal. However, I did like the very end when Arianna finally takes her position by the balls.
In the end, though I enjoyed this book about as much as the first, I did see an improvement to the overall story. It was an enough improvement that I felt that I could finish the trilogy.
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