Book #85: This Same Earth by Elizabeth Hunter

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Beatrice De Novo thought she had left the supernatural world behind…for the most part. But when the past becomes the present, will she leave her quiet life in Los Angeles to follow a mystery she thought had abandoned her? Where has Giovanni Vecchio been, and why has he returned? Giovanni has his own questions, and he’s looking to her for answers.

The sequel to A Hidden Fire will reunite Beatrice and Giovanni to continue their search through the past while both wrestle with the future. When the world as you knew it has changed forever, is there any way you can turn back?

This Same Earth is the second book in the Elemental Mysteries series. It is a paranormal romance/mystery for adult readers.

I not only bought This Same Earth, the second book in the Elemental Mysteries series, before I finished the first book, I also jumped right in. Without much time to process the first book.

Not that it needed processing. It was pretty straightforward.

This Same Earth begins where A Hidden Fire ended. The prologue is written like journal entries that are written by B. They are funny, sad, and gives a tone to how much B is growing up. In just the span of the prologue, we learn that Gio hasn’t been with B for years. We are seeing an older, more experienced, and interesting B.

The rest of the book has that healthy mix of character development, but adds more depth to the Elemental world. We learn more about the how to’s and certain aspects of being a vampire and we get a bit more on the mystery.

I felt this book was a great segue to what is to come in the following books. B is still her feisty self, but shows a more solid background in self control and self defense. The vampires aren’t stagnant either. We see a depressed Carwyn and see Gio be put in his place. This character growth makes sense with the events of the book and makes them feel alive.

There is also the newest and most awesome character, Ben Vecchio. I absolutely love this kid.

All in all, the book was a good addition to the first and a great introduction to more of the mystery. I feel this is where the mystery really starts chugging along.

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