The Essence

The Essence (The Pledge, #2)
Author: Kimberly Derting

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Publication Date: January 1, 2013

Summary: At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania. But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared: The evil queen’s Essence is fused to Charlie’s psyche, ready to arise at the first sign of weakness.

Charlie is not weak, but she’s being pushed to the brink. In addition to suppressing the ever-present influence of Sabara, she’s busy being queen—and battling a growing resistance determined to return Ludania to its discriminatory caste system. Charlie wants to be the same girl Max loves, who Brook trusts, but she’s Your Majesty now, and she feels torn in two.

As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages will be the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within (Source of Summary and Book Cover: Goodreads)

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Rating: 4 Stars
Review: While this book was really good, it doesn't compare to the first book in the series. The first book was fast paced where this one is much slower. The first book had an intense romance that I easily got caught up in, but there was something funky going on with this book- I won't say because I don't want to spoil it.
That being said, I enjoyed the book and it's twists, turns, and clever droppings for future plot lines. 
I loved the first book and feel dedicated to Charlie, and so I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.

Dates Read: January 3 – 4, 2013

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