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Blog Tour Review: Weapon by Lynette Noni

on November 5, 2019

Weapon (Whisper #2)
Lynette Noni
Pantera Press
2019, 407p
Copy courtesy of the publisher

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

I already knew he was a psychopath. But now?
He’s more dangerous than ever.
And I have less than twenty-four hours to stop him.

After escaping Lengard and finding sanctuary with the Remnants, Alyssa Scott is desperate to save those she left behind ─ and the rest of the world ─ from the power-hungry scientist, Kendall Vanik. But secrets and lies block her at every turn, and soon Lyss is left questioning everything she has ever believed.

When long-lost memories begin to surface and the mysteries of her past continue to grow, Lyss battles to retain her hard-won control. Allies become enemies and enemies become allies, leaving her certain about only two things: when it comes to Speakers, nothing is ever as it seems… and the only person she can trust is herself.

Recently Lynette Noni has become one of my favourite YA authors with her series The Medoran Chronicles which got simply better and better with each book. Last year she released something totally new and different, Whisper, which was the first book in a duology. This concludes the series and I was really excited to find out what was going to happen to Alyssa after she escaped Lengard and was able to find some sort of freedom and sanctuary with the Remnants in the catacombs under Taronga Park Zoo.

I’ve read a lot of books since Whisper but it was so easy to settle back into this world and pick up precisely where I left off. Alyssa has spent almost a week recovering after her escape and the first thing she wants to do is go back to Lengard and rescue those that were left behind. But with Kael seemingly uninterested in fulfilling his promise of helping her at the present time, Alyssa is forced to wait and assess and try and come up with a new plan. She also needs to hone her skills using her ability.

This is a wild ride of a book. It’s absolutely packed with twists and turns, shocking reveals and revelations that leave Alyssa reeling on both a personal and ‘professional’ level concerning her powers and the powers of those around her. She will be forced to realise and deal with the fact that seemingly, everyone is lying to her. Even those she cares about the most. Another she cares about is lost to her, under the power of true evil and although she’s desperate to rescue them, she needs to bide her time and wait. With waiting comes information and Alyssa is going to need every single bit of information that she can gather in order to be able to defeat her nemesis and free the people of Lengard.

I absolutely love the world that Noni has created here, it utilised the setting of Sydney’s CBD so well and the ferries/harbour and locations around the zoo. This book gives the reader more background, especially concerning Alyssa and her upbringing and her family, which was something I always wanted more from in Whisper. It’s explained how she came to be in Lengard and why and all of this is woven together in a really expert way. It’s like the longest con ever and the way in which the pieces fall into place is very well done. Even though for me, there were some personal disappointments in how things panned out but the way in which they did were surprising and unexpected and I really enjoyed that about the story, that it gave me that shock value, made me question what I’d read in the previous book and reassess everything.

Alyssa really does go through the wringer here emotionally. She had a lot to deal with anyway in the previous book and this one just continues to pile things on, really and it’s up to her to try and sort out what she’s finding out and deal with it, as well as trying to decide who is lying to her, what they’re lying about and why they’re lying to her. Who has something that they want to hide so much that they’ll do anything and say anything to prevent her from finding out their secret? The pace in this is slower in the beginning as Alyssa recovers from her escape and tries to regather herself as well as find her role within the Remnants. But as you move through the book it picks up to breakneck pace and there’s just so much going on that it becomes about finding out those answers as quick as you can, putting everything together and wanting Alyssa to be the one who gets there first before she ends up in a situation that she can’t extract herself from. It’s amazing to realise who has been working against her from the beginning and who actually proves to be an ally, even when it seems like they might be an antagonist.

This was what I’ve come to expect from Lynette Noni novels and honestly, it’s too long until she’ll have another book out.

8/10

Book #178 of 2019

Weapon is the 69th book read for my participation in The Australian Women Writers Challenge 2019

It was also the 7th and final book in my Mate-A-Thon Challenge.


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