Green Eyed Girl by Laura Huntley
Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (113 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling Black Eyed Boy
A year after driving away to begin their new life together as travelling gypsies, things are less than perfect for Emily and Dylan.
Though Emily has accepted the dark secret of the black-eyed clan, she can’t find the courage to make the transition herself.
Her life is turned upside down when she finds herself in danger. Will it be too late?
They say that love conquers all. Is wanting different things out of life one of the things that love can conquer?
The pacing was always even and consistent. There were never any points where it moved more quickly or more slowly than I would have liked to see. The storyline revealed plot twists just when it needed to in order to keep me interested in what might happen to Emily and Dylan next. The narrator also shared important information about certain characters at exactly the right moments.
There was a fair amount of telling instead of showing in this tale. I really liked the characters, and they had plenty of conflict to keep the plot moving along smoothly. The problem was that I didn’t feel emotionally connected to the dilemmas that they were dealing with because they were described in such a detached manner. It was like hearing someone talk about something that happened a long time ago instead of seeing everything unfold in my mind as I was reading. This is something I also picked up on in the first instalment in this series. While it was a little less noticeable in this story, it was still something that I found distracting.
It was nice to see so much attention paid to the development of Emily and Dylan’s relationship. When they first met in the previous book in this series, I was extremely surprised by how quickly they fell in love and decided to be together forever. Seeing them adjust to ordinary life once they’d gotten used to each other was rewarding because of how they responded to each other. Falling in love is nothing at all like being in love, and the author captured this transition well.
This is the sequel to Black Eyed Boy. I’d strongly recommend reading it before you pick up this one. There were certain important events in the first instalment that were only briefly mentioned in the sequel, but knowing all of the facts about them was necessary in order to fully understand what was currently happening with these characters.
Green Eyed Girl should be read by anyone who enjoyed Black Eyed Boy.