Beware the Signs picks up right where What Doesn’t Kill You left off. In this “episode” we are faced with the key existential questions:
- Who- each girl is struggling with who they are now with their new “super powers”. They are also wondering who Christian, and “the other guy” is that were in the church.
- What- the group needs to individually find out what exactly their super power is, and what it can be used for.
- Where- where do you go from here? Marley, Tyler, Cassie, and Eve are JUST starting college, it’s not like they can drop everything over super powers, right?
- When- when is this all going to make sense? Sometimes it seems they have no control over these powers.
- Why- why them? Why now? Just, why?
Although Marley had squeezed Christian’s heart to death in the last segment, he still has work to do to guide the girls. Marley being the only one who can see him translates to the girls every bit of info he’s willing to give. He reveals that he is known as a Guardian- a secret society to assist in the protection of supernatural evil.
Christian alerts the girls that the dead body found on campus was littered with magic sigils unseen by the human eye. These deaths are being used for something, and Michael is the cause. Christian challenges the girls to find Michael, find out what he’s up to, and stop him.
We also jump back into the past to 1693 and meet “The Four”; healers that travel the country to help those who are in need. They travel to the home of a little girl, only to find that she has died. Her body tells more of a story; her neck is broken, her fingers bent shows that she fought off her attacker, and it is evident that black magic was involved.
Marley is once again plagued with visions of a woman. It seems as though having a super power has intensified her visions. In the last episode it only showed the woman hanging from a tree and pointing. This time she screams and physically touches Marley to the point where she passes out and is later found by Christian.
It seems college is enough for the girls, as they don’t really want any part of the supernatural gifts that were bestowed upon them. Christian doesn’t know the entire story as to why they were chosen, and what it has to do with the murders. He does know that Michael is involved and needs to be stopped. Somehow, past and present are connected, and the one thing holding it all together is the blood moon.
I’ve said it before, but it’s so nice to be able to just pick up the next in the series without waiting for a year. This was a seamless continuation from the first “book”, with just a touch of recap in the very beginning. With not being your typical book where the plot builds to the climax in the middle of the book, we are working with episodic chapters that have a quick plot and a quick bit of action to get our heart racing, before dragging us back down and leave us wanting the next installment.
“Beware the Signs” (Twisted #2) by Jo Ho is available July 10th! I was chosen to receive an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review. Given that fact, it has not altered my opinion on the book at all.