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The Skylighter, the second book in Becky Wallace’s Keeper Chronicles duology, is a fast-paced race to the finish.

Light It Up

BOOK REPORT for The Skylighter (The Keeper Chronicles #2) by Becky Wallace

Cover Story: Too Short
BFF Charm: Make it Rain
Swoonworthy Scale: 4, no 6, no 4
Talky Talk: Part II
Bonus Factor: Mustache-Twirling Villains
Relationship Status: Glad to Have Known You

Danger, Will Robinson! The Storyspinner is the second book in the Keeper Chronicles duology. If you have not read the first book—The Storyspinner—turn away now. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. If you have read the first book, however, feel free to continue below. I will refrain from major spoilers in my review, but there might be hints at plot points and details about the story.

Cover Story: Too Short

First off, let me say: I fully appreciate that there’s a POC on this cover, and that he’s a fitting representation of one of the main characters of the book. But there’s just something off about that short sword that I can’t get past.

The Deal:

Johanna and Rafi, still reeling from the events of and discoveries made in The Storyspinner, are running for their lives, trying to make it to the barrier between their “normal” kingdom of Santarem and Olinda, the realm of the magical and mysterious Keepers, before it falls—or before they’re captured by the villains on their tails.

Jacaré and Leão are on their trail, but they’re also preoccupied with worry over Pira, who is in the clutches of the evil Vibora, being used as a slave for her magic.

And Dom, the (semi-reformed) playboy younger DeSilva brother, is forced to step up to the challenge of running the family’s estate and keeping his people safe with a war pounding at their borders.

BFF Charm: Make it Rain

Although I focused solely on Johanna in my review of The Storyspinner, both books feature a variety of characters through whose multiple POVs the story is actually told. They’re all unique individuals, and very deserving of BFF charms. I really feel like I got to know these characters over the course of two books, and I’m impressed at the ways they grew and changed, mostly for the better. They all struggle with inner turmoil over the battles they face, and over the people they love—or feel like they maybe shouldn’t. In the end, however, they all make smart decisions that not only benefit their friends and the many people who are counting on them, but also themselves.

Swoonworthy Scale: 4, no 6, no 4

There’s a lot of back and forth between the couples in The Skylighter. It definitely got a bit frustrating at times, with the “We can’t be together!”/”But I love you!” moments, but, thankfully, it all worked out.

Talky Talk: Part II

From the very start, The Skylighter is a fast-paced read. The end of the previous book didn’t leave readers on a dramatic cliffhanger, but it was obvious that there were a lot of important events to come before all parties involved could truly rest. Becky Wallace does a great job of picking up where she left off, without completely ignoring the fact that some readers might have forgotten some of the smaller details of The Storyspinner. *tugs collar* It was easy to jump back into Johanna and Rafi’s world, and get caught up in their quest.

I was also (again) impressed at Wallace’s ability to tell the story through so many POVs, without dropping threads of the plot or muddying who’s who. Each character stood out clearly in their sections, and had many of their own tribulations to deal with, but when they came together, it was pretty seamless.

Bonus Factor: Mustache-Twirling Villains

A new “big bad” makes himself known in The Skylighter, and although he’s a horrible creature who does despicable things, there’s something about his actions and dialogue that always made me imagine him with a giant mustache, which made me giggle, inappropriately, at times. (I’m a fan of inappropriate giggling.)

Casting Call:

I cast Johanna and Rafi in my review of the first book in the duology. To them, I’ll add:

Philip Winchester as Jacaré

Victor Rasuk as Dom

Relationship Status: Glad to Have Known You

I enjoyed our time together, Book, and loved getting lost in your story and getting to know your characters. I am glad everything worked out for you, too—I do always appreciate a happily ever after (or as close as you can get).

FTC Full Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from McElderry Books (thanks to the author). I received neither a private dance party with Tom Hiddleston nor money in exchange for this review. The Skylighter is available now.

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.
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