Review of Second Thoughts, The Sententia Book 2 by Cara Bertrand

Print Length: 208 pages

Publisher: Luminis Books, Inc. (October 1, 2014)

Publication Date: November 1, 2014

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English




The continuing adventures of an ordinary teenage girl with extraordinary mental abilities, perfect for readers who love books and series such as Vampire Academy, Spellbound, and Sweet Peril


Secrets, lies, and looming deaths—all things Lainey Young deals with in a typical day of high school. In her senior year at Northbrook Academy—a New England boarding school where the majority of the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted—Lainey has even more to worry about. Things like classes, college, her boyfriend, and, of course, the vision she glimpsed of her impending death. But to her surprise, Lainey finds one worry she can cross off her list, namely Senator Daniel Astor, the leader of the Sententia. After a shocking discovery when they finally meet, Lainey realizes maybe she was wrong to distrust the Senator. She relaxes even further when he seems to accept her refusal to work for him after graduation. But with her secrets mounting and the time to solve them running out, there’s a final enigma Lainey hasn’t yet encountered: Daniel Astor doesn’t take no for an answer. Ever.


My Review:

Second Thoughts, The Sententia Book 2 by Cara Bertrand is a thrilling paranormal romance. Lainey Young, the main character, is strong and smart. She also has too many secrets to keep. Being Sententia is all about discretion. While learning more about her gift, she’s desperately trying to stay alive. This novel will keep you up ‘til the early morning hours. The twists and turns and revelations Lainey lives with would give anyone whiplash but that’s what makes this installment so great. I recommend this YA Paranormal Series and believe it will be a hit for its intended audience. I can’t wait for the next book!


Editorial Reviews that caught my eye. Read for yourselves how people are raving about this book.

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—In this sequel to Lost in Thought (Luminis, 2014), nearly 18-year-old Lainey Young has a lot on her mind as she starts her senior year at Northbrook: when should she and boyfriend Carter have sex, which college should she attend, and why is a lowerclassman and Sententia siren bent on breaking up Lainey’s normally unflappable roommate Amy and her boyfriend Caleb. Minor worries compared to the vague premonition implicating Carter in Lainey’s impending death and a new vision involving his father’s demise are stewing with concern over the Perceptum’s desire to make Lainey their executioner. Meeting Carter’s “uncle,” Perceptum bigwig—Daniel Astor—leads to a shocking discovery and initially assuages the protagonist’s fear of Hangman conscription. However, readers and Lainey’s gut know better. Secrets aggravatingly pile up (especially on the heroine’s end), but add plenty of tension in a book that might otherwise suffer from “Second Book Slump.” Characters occasionally succumb to archetypal behaviors, but they’re realistically impacted by anxieties, familiar and unfamiliar. Sex (which happens off page), swearing, and teen drinking are realistically present but not gratuitous. Give to fans of the previous volume. Readers familiar with the story will better understand the stakes and relationships and await the next installment.—Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ


“This has to be one of the most exciting Paranormal Romances to be released in a long time. Unique, filled with adventure, romance, heartache and many twists and turns, I loved everything about this read.” —Roxy Kade,


“Like many a romance novel, the question of will they or won’t they have sex is at the heart of Second Thoughts. But since this is a paranormal-romance novel, there is an equally important question: Will the heroine and her boyfriend kill each other first? Bertrand writes smoothly, and her characters, if improbably perfect, are engaging enough to keep the pages turning quickly and the demand for the next in the series high.” —Booklist


“Bertrand balances her paranormal storyline with romance.” —Kirkus Reviews


“Give to fans of the previous volume. Readers familiar with the story will better understand the stakes and relationships and await the next installment.” —Danielle Serra,


“Secrets, lies, and looming deaths are all things Lainey Young deals with in a typical day at her New England boarding school, where the majority of students and nearly all the staff are members of a hidden society of the psychically gifted. In her senior year, Lainey has even more to worry about: classes, college, her boyfriend, and a vision of her impending death.” —


“The love story can be a bit too adorable at times, but it’s realistic enough that you’d wish something similar for yourself. The cutesy, aww moments are well-balanced by the level-headed decisions that the two make as a couple.” —Alexis,


“The world that Bertrand has created in this series is descriptive, vivid and imaginative. It was refreshing to read a heroine that didn’t have it all figured out. Lainey is smart and gifted, but she is young and inexperienced as well.” —Tammy Middleton,


“This book was very interesting and definitely kept me turning the pages. Cara Bertrand certainly made me feel like I was right in the middle of all the action.” —McTower.


About The Author:

Cara is a former middle school literacy teacher who now lives in the woods outside Boston with: one awesome husband, two large dogs, one growing daughter, and lots of words. LOST IN THOUGHT, her first novel, was one of three finalists for the 2011 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the Young Adult category.

Cara Bertrand

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