Summary from NetGalley:
In the exhilarating second book in New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones’s sweeping middle-grade fantasy series, the evil Raiff has kidnapped Time Stopper Annie’s guardian–and only Annie can stop him and save her magical new home.
Annie is no longer a Nobody–she’s a Time Stopper, one of the last humans who can control time. Now, she’s found a home in the enchanted town of Aurora alongside all sorts of mystical creatures alongside, and made three best friends in Eva the dwarf, Bloom the last elf, and Jamie, who might be a troll.
Then Annie discovers that the wicked Raiff has kidnapped her beloved new guardian. To save her, Annie must win the trust of a riddle-loving dragon and search for a magical bow and arrow. But as Annie and her friends embark on this mission, she learns some shocking secrets about her past–and about Bloom’s, too. Can they save the day before the Raiff destroys everything they hold dear?
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for and honest review.
This is the second book in the Time Stoppers series. You can see my review of the first book here. I liked this book better than the first, but there are still some issues. Some of them may have been because it was a galley and not the finished product, some inconsistencies in the story, that hopefully have been caught. But I also still have some of the same issues that I had with the first book.
Annie is beginning to show some strength and growth and doesn’t appear as downtrodden, except when she is expected to be the leader and make decisions. Then she starts to think the same old things that she isn’t good enough and no one ever loves her or likes her and she can’t do what is needed. But then she goes ahead and does it and does it well, but can’t accept the praise of her friends. I just find her a bit tedious and whiney.
The character of Eva is better, but I think that might just be that we don’t see her as much in this book as the last. Although I was able to get through most of the scenes with her in it with out skipping over her parts as much as I did the first book. She is a little less annoying but not by much.
Bloom, the elf, is still my favorite character. He is strong and tries really hard to do what is right. He is always there for Annie and the others. Jamie is also becoming a strong and endearing character, especially in this book. He is beginning to grow more comfortable with himself and trust his own decisions more. He is also becoming and indispensable part of the group. There is one new character that is now joining them on their quest, a stone giant by the name of SalGoud. He is an interesting character and adds some much needed strength to the group.
There is a dragon in this book, which I really liked. He was very dragonish, but helpful to the children and their quest to defeat the Raiff. I hope to see more of him in the future books.
The story is good, it moves quickly and keeps your attention. It ends on a high note even though the children are off on another seemingly hopeless quest. The only thing I didn’t like, was that they wouldn’t confide in any of the adults, just because someone made them promise not to tell. I’m just not sure that that sends the right message. They wouldn’t even tell Miss Cornelia, probably the only adult they could have trusted. I guess I would have liked to have seen a little more positive adult interactions.
Still I would recommend this series, even with its faults. I think there are kids who will really like it and enjoy it!