Rose! Rose! Rose! BRANDON IS BACK MA! Yay! *ahem* Okay, so you know I love Brandon and, well, yeah, I'm glad to see him back.
So I've been so excited for this sequel to come out... so glad it's here!
I love how you've made Al grow up between the end of the first one and this one, you know? It's nice that he's not doing all of his growing up in the story and that the balance has kinda changed between Al and Brandon. I liked how even though he was a little jealous of Scorp's new bf (who, by the way, has an awesome name), he tried to be a good friend and be interested and not jealous. It's totally understandable, you know, that he would be jealous and so nice that he doesn't let that out, really.
Also, I love James in this. As an older sister myself, I totally agree with the whole 'oi, stop it' thing, haha. There aren't many things more awkward than that... :P Their conversation was great - in fact, their whole relationship is lovely. I actually really get why James doesn't like Scorp, tbh, and kinda like that while Al is friends with him, James still hates him, haha.
Ah, sibling feels. Always good! :)
Can I just say that I think your writing has improved a lot from the beginning of the first one to this one? This is so good, and your writing is lovely - your description is really great! :)
Btw, the ending - IF AL DOES NOT GO HOME WITH BRANDON, OR THEY DO NOT KISS, I WILL BE VERY DISAPPOINTED. I ship them. Genuinely. This does not happen often. You should be very proud ;)
So yes. I must add this to my favourites/reading list and keep an eye out for updates because I have to know what happens... But yes, I love this start and can't wait to read more! :)
Author's Response: Hi Aph!!
hehe, I'm really glad you're kind of a Brandon fangirl. He needs more of those in life. ;)
I couldn't stand holding Al's hand as he branched out to be his own person. I dunno, that's just not the type of novel I wanted to write. Brandon and Al are on a bit more equal footing for this story. Al's ability to be the supportive friend will be kind of short-lived. I'm kind of surprised no one has linked Corbin with the 5th Element (the movie).
Giving James a larger role in this was a fun way for me to add a more complex plot. Though, I'm more of the younger sister role in real life so I can relate to Lily's desire to be one of the older kids. I'm so happy their relationship worked well. ^_^
Yay! I hadn't seen a noticable improvement from starting Pure Intentions to now but I'm glad you have. :)
AL WILL GO HOME WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE STORY. so... he'll get some kissing time in.
Thanks so much for the wonderful review!! I should have a new chapter up soon.