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Priscilla the Great: The Kiss of Life (Book #2) Kindle Edition
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This story takes place a couple months after the end of the first book. Priscilla has a lot going on. She's in a bit of a love triangle, her mom has lost her powers and is acting strangely, and she's adjusting to her new life in hiding. On top of that, she's taken over running the missions that her mom used to run and is trying to stay one step ahead of Colonel Selliwood and his evil compatriots.
The writing is first-person and chatty and works well when dealing with her interactions with people in her life. Her relationships with her brothers, friends, and parents are funny and heartwarming and believable, even when she's using her invisible jet and super powers to play pranks or get even with her little brothers.
Where the story stumbles a bit for me is the villains. I expect to need to suspend disbelief in this sort of story, but I found that the villains were so one-dimensional and their aims and methods were so pointlessly evil, that it seemed a little flat compared to the more complex characters in the good side. Similarly, the fights and scientific explanations are, of course, over-the-top unrealistic, but, by the second book, I find myself wishing they were a little something more. I don't think they're any different than in the first book, but after a while it gets predictable, which makes it less funny and suspenseful. And if it's not funny or suspenseful or poignant or believable, then why are we reading it? It could be just that I'm not the target audience though - I'm a mother in my late thirties and although I enjoy reading good kids and young adult books, I'm not actually a kid myself. All in all, I recommend the series in general and this book in particular if you're in the mood to turn off your brain and enjoy a little escapism.
Only one small thing annoyed me. Since the first book hooked me, all the details were still fresh in my mind. The constant recaps slowed down my reading a smidgen and made me roll my eyes while thinking... I know I know, what's next? I think a lot more new content could have been added to change things up a little and like someone else already stated more time should have been spent on the villains. Hopefully the next book will have a little less recap. Annoyance aside, I still love this series.
The main plot has to do with the ever present threat of the evil Selliwood Institute eliminating Priss' family. It's the subplots that really grabbed me though. Priss finds herself right in the middle of a crush triangle with Kyle and Marco. Kyle is her longtime friend who is not aware of her powers. Marco is the cute French mutant who she has an instant connection with. What's a girl to do?
I was also drawn into the subplot involving Priss' parents. Her dad is still in over-protective over-drive, but it just shows how much he cards. Her mom's emotions range from snappy to happy at the snap of finger. It just goes to show that everyone deals with adversity differently.
The Kiss of Life is a light story with great characters and a twisty plot. There is a good deal of character development in such a short story, and I loved all the girl power that Priss exudes. Middle grade girls will really enjoy it.
This is a cover that shows off the main character very well. There is fire for Priss' power, a heart for her crushes, and a pink kiss to remind us of girl power. Nicely done and it is a good match for the first book's cover.