Welcome to the IFB stop on the BLACK SATIN BLOG TOUR, hosted by SuperGurlBooks. Check out my review for the Pretty In Black sequel and find out if Rae Hachton blew me away with her second effort:
Publication Date: May 28, 2012
What if you weren’t who you thought you were?
What if your whole life changed in an instant and you were released to a new identity?
What if you were forced to kill the one you love?
What if everything you knew wasn’t real, and you awaken to a new world?
What if love could take you to unknown places? How beautiful is death really?
WARNING! If you have not read the first book then please do so before reading this review because while I try not to give too many spoilers, I certainly don't want to confuse you in any way possible.
Now, let's get into it shall we.
Rae gave quite a lot of insight on the existence of evermores, corvidaes and goyls, and I do mean a lot. I'm just happy she made it interesting and somewhat educating. I was almost thrilled to learn more about Marcus; in particular, how and when he became an evermore. Something that messed me up was the role Jillian played in Marcus' past as a human. I always knew that witch had a thing for my gothic hottie but wow, once those very interesting facts came to light I was completely baffled. I didn't see that one coming at all. Readers are definitely kept busy by the element of surprise throughout this entire story, which is just as remarkable if not far exceeding the first.
Once the story continues, hence, the start of Black Satin, we begin to see the kind of life Ellie is now living. While she's happy to have the people she once lost around her again, Ellie's doing her best to cope with the agony of whether or not she'll ever be reunited with Marcus. She's desperate to find answers as to what happened on that frightful night of her supposedly death, and how exactly did Marcus manage to "reverse" the tragedy in her life. Ellie knows she has to move on rather than drown in her sorrow. Her fighting spirit is quite admirable, as it was from the beginning, but how can she find any solace when strange things keep happening around her. Paul has some creepy kind of fascination with her, Declan and Madison keep badgering her about Marcus and his 'monstrous' persona, and there's so much unexplainable mystery surrounding the new guy who Ellie can't help but feel attracted to. That part just pissed me off because I'm always rooting for Marcus, but I guess love triangles brew excitement. Anyways, with so many questions, Ellie thinks that Giles could possibly be the only one to provide answers, which he does but reveals more or less than what she's bargained for. Some rather astonishing news leave Eleanor confused about her very existence and the part she plays in the war between evermores and corvidaes. Her confusion diminishes over time with the help of some new and significant characters.
The story is definitely entertaining as there's a lot taking place. However, you'll keep up with the sometimes draggy pace just as you're unwilling to break from your reading because you'd like to know more.
The writing style is still as remarkable as before and I love how in the midst of everything our lead female character is experiencing growth. You can't help but love Ellie and even mature along with her. She embodies characteristics that are quite hard to find in reality. Such bravery is rather difficult to fathom.
Another thing you'll notice is that Black Satin dealt with Ellie more so than Marcus. With every chapter I missed him terribly. In fact, I think I longed for him more than Ellie did. Is something wrong with this picture? I'm sorry Rae but what the hell, I know you wanted to make room for this intriguing new entry but dark shadows, name calling, and pitiful dreams weren't enough page time for Marcus. His presence is absolutely necessary to keep me interested. Well, at least the ending delivered something fantastic. I didn't see that coming.
Black Satin is a decent sequel offering more of everything; more character development, more drama, more emotions, more background, just more. Rae Hachton did not disappoint, but she didn't impress me as much this time around. Still, it was a fairly good read. I'm anticipating the third book and itching to see how Ellie and Marcus' relationship will turn out.