May 24, 2017 - Book Reviews    No Comments

Book Review: WHO’S AFRAID TOO? by Maria Lewis

Tommi Grayson: all bark, all bite . . . and now she’s BACK!

After the worst family reunion in history, Tommi needed some space. She’s spent the last few weeks trying to understand her heritage – the one that comes with a side order of fur – as well as learning about her Maori ancestry and how she can connect to it. But she can only escape for so long.

When an unspeakable evil returns, Tommi will need every piece of knowledge and all the skills she has. With the help of allies old and new, frenemies both helpful and super-annoying, she’s going to take the fight to the enemy . . .

 

The follow up to last year’s Who’s Afraid? was a really nice continuation of the series. I actually enjoyed this one a lot more than the first book, although there were a couple of things that niggled at me.

In a lot of ways, it really feels like Tommi has hit her stride with who she is, and that comes across as the book progresses. There’s less introspective infodumps, and we get more of a chance to see Tommi as herself. I would have preferred it if Tommi wasn’t automatically awesome at just about everything, even with her pedigree it should still take some time to learn new skills.

The other thing that bothered me I have mixed feelings about, and that was the limited time spent on exploring Tommi’s Maori heritage. On one hand, I was looking forward to learning more about Maori culture after the large focus in book one, especially as despite being so close to New Zealand, it’s not really a culture I know much about. BUT I also really like that there’s so much more to her than just being POC – it’s who she is, and is of course important, but it’s not ALL she is, and that’s something that is sometimes lacking in other culturally diverse books.

I loved the supporting cast, both old and new. I continue to have a love/hate relationship with Lorcan, Joss is a delight, and all the new characters are fun in their own ways. The writing continues to be snappy and sassy, and the story moves along at just the right pace.

In all, it was well worth sticking with the series, and I’m quite looking forward to seeing how book three plays out.

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