But loving Alessandro comes at a price. As Rosa continues to fall for him, she discovers the dark secrets of his family's dealings and how they intersect with her own painful past. She wants to believe she can trust Alessandro, but they're so different: Alcantara and Carnevare, snake and panther. How can she love someone whose family wants her dead?When Rosa and Alessandro uncover an ancient conspiracy intent on destroying both clans, they will do anything to stop it. Racing to put the pieces together, evading their relatives' murderous feud, and learning what it means to control the most influential families in all of Sicily--the two teens must risk everything to love each other and survive. (From Goodreads)
The sequel to Arcadia Awakens was NOT a disappointment. So many revelations and action-packed scenes. I was pretty much on the edge of my seat every time I started reading. I don't want to give away any spoilers, so let me just say that Rosa really comes into her own in this book.
The last book took place in Italy, in case you haven't read it yet (DO IT!). This book takes place in Italy AND New York City. Having recently moved to the Big Apple, I found this very exciting. It adds a whole new American familiarity where Rosa finally knows best. I will hint at one of my favorite scenes: Central Park craziness. Prepare to gasp in shock and horror.
There are some make or break moments for Alessandro and Rosa, but they never stop fighting. It's so incredible. Vicious attacks, fires, attempted murder, century-old mysteries, and clans more at odds than ever all affect Rosa and Alessandro while they try to piece together what's right for them, their families, and their friends. I know I couldn't stay sane after learning the things Rosa does about her past. I wish I could say more, but you'll just have to read it to know how amazing this book is.
I'll give you this: Sarcasmo is back, ladies and gentlemen. Rest assured.
Arcadia Burns has so many cliff hangers. I'm pretty bummed it will be so long before I can get my hands on the 3rd book. I cannot wait to see how everything gets wrapped up and what twists are still up Kai Meyer's sleeve.
This book was reviewed by Jackie.