Series: Forces of Nature
Author: Elizabeth Sharp
Publisher: 4Corners Press
Desription: Amelia Hoffman always knew she would be with Nathaniel Peplow forever, but after they bonded everything started to go wrong. Nate treats her like the enemy, her siblings are in danger, and an old threat grows closer. As Nate pulls away and Amelia’s burgeoning friendship with a handsome stranger blossoms, she worries she made the biggest mistake of her life. If sorting out her love life wasn’t enough, a new drug emerges that not only threatens the ones she loves, but seems to be part of something larger than she could ever imagine. Amelia’s new and old friends must work together to not only save themselves, but the whole world.
Review: Elizabeth Sharp has done it again! Another wonderful book! If you read the first one, you know that Amelia ended the first story being married/mated to her high school crush and had barely escaped a human turned witch's horrible desire to rid the world of Otherworlders. Her brother and sister use their unique demon powers to help defeat the wannabe witch and the story appears that things are looking up for the Hoffman siblings. As this story starts though, you soon realize that Amelia and Nate (though possibly destined to be together) are not as happy as they should be. They were WAYYYYYYY too young to be married and mated. Amelia was only 16 and Nate is 17 or 18. You feel like the perfect pair is a girl's worst nightmare as Nate keeps drifting further and further away with no good explanation other than not being ready to settle down. Of course you can't blame him really since two Gaia are mated as soon as they kiss with the intentions of that kiss being more than a simple kiss. Their life forces are tired together because they gave into to temptation. It puts a whole new meaning to being chaste until your wedding night. However they never take their relationship forward even one bit because of Nate's disappearing acts. Amelia learns to hate him for abandoning her even though she still has her brother and sister.
All of this brings us to a point where she meets an angel while running from her problems. I do mean a literal angel but not the type you would normally picture. You need to read the story to understand how angels fit in this world. Amelia's world is turned upside down by the feelings she thinks she has for Dylan, the angel, and also by Peter's discovery of her family. Peter is the husband (and true warlock) to the wannabe witch from book one. He's out to destroy Amelia and her family at any cost. This is the focus of the story. How does Amelia deal with love lost, new love found, and a raging psychopath trying to kill everyone she loves? And did I mention a prophecy about Mother Nature returning to earth to either destroy it or bring the Otherworlders into peace time? Yeah there's that too, but you only get a glimpse of that and know that there must be a third book on the way where the prophecy will unfold.
Interview with Author, Elizabeth Sharp:
- Why is the story called Second Nature? Does it have to do with the return of Mother Nature?
The title actually has multiple meanings. It is a reference to Mother Nature, but it is also a reference to how readily Amelia is accepting changes that would have been insurmountable to her a year before, like it was second nature to her. It also is showing a progression in titles, since the final book is Better Nature, implying what is second nature is not always the best way to react.
- Nate's fear of commitment is a serious issue in this story. Is it because of his parents dying when he was little or is there some other underlying issue we have yet to see?
It’s a complex combination of psychology that lead Nate to his issues. His parents’ death, as well as everyone treating him as fragile afterwards led to a life without responsibility or accountability. He has always been popular and skated by with minimal effort, leaving him no real chances to experience the life issues to help him “grow up”. He doesn’t really remember his parents, so their death didn’t serve as the catalyst that Amelia’s parents’ death was for her. It isn’t until the trauma he suffers that he begins to accept the consequences of his own actions.
- What really made Nate want to punish Amelia? If he really didn't want to get married, could he not have backed out before?
Nate is ruled by his impulses and in the moment of their bonding and mating ceremony, he was convinced it was what he wanted. But as many teens who tie the knot young learn, sometimes the heat of the moment doesn’t last and when faced with the reality of a life of heavy responsibility caring for another person, he balked. He didn’t really have a choice about the marriage, since the bond had already been formed at that point and they thought there was no way out of that.
- Amelia's attraction to Dylan seems to be real. Is it even possible for different Otherwordly characters to be together?
It is, and that is an issue that will be addressed in book three. It is however, against the norm and realitively unheard of in the modern day of racism and ignorance within the Otherworld.
- The prophecy says that Mother Nature will be surrounded by 7 pillars of the Otherworld. Right now we know of an Angel, Succubus, Djinn, Librarian, and Gaia. There needs to be a witch and what other character creature might we have the pleasure of seeing join our unusual group?
Other characters readers can look forward to meeting in book three include a banshee and a werewolf, and vampires, as well as ghouls, more types of demons and the thus far faceless Enforcers.
- There will obviously be a third book in this series. Would you care to give us some hints of what we can expect to be glued to?
The third book has Amelia on a roller coaster of emotion and action, leading her to a heart breaking confrontation that will change her forever. You can expect a lot of emotion, action, and the unique blend of humor and heart that is Amelia. This will be the final chapter in her story, though you will see many of the other characters (and possibly Amelia in small roles) in future works.
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