22 May 2015

Defend: A Lost Tribe (Book 2) by Kallie Ross

Defend: A Lost Tribe (Book 2)
by Kallie Ross.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian.
Publication: May 21st 2015.
After emerging from her Descent into an uncharted underground world, Ollie Miller is sure of three things. First, her feelings for her best friend, Mateo, are far from platonic. She can't even look at Mateo without blushing at the memory of his lips on hers. Second, an evil man named Zadok is plotting to destroy the civilization above the surface. Third, there is no way to save the earth without returning underground. At least this time, she will have her mother along with Mateo and her friends to help guide her.
On their journey, noor, a mystical blessing guides them, but only if they’re willing to follow. Ollie’s determined to save the tribe from their evil leader, even if it means facing off with her long-lost grandfather. As Zadok comes face to face with his runaway daughter and his granddaughter, his plan starts to unravel, but is it too late to stop the destruction that he put into motion? Can the tribe survive and the surface be saved? Will Ollie learn to trust her own heart before it is too late?
Defend is the conclusion to Ollie's discovery of a lost tribe in Descent. Don’t miss this adventure, brimming with ancient secrets and a thrilling underworld.

Reviewed by Kelly

I liked this book so much more than the first book! This time Olivia’s mom returns back with her to help, STOP HERE if you haven’t read the first book………, ok then, stop her grandfather from wreaking havoc on both the surface where Olivia lives and the underground world where Olivia’s mom is from. So does Alexis (Ollie’s best friend), Jesse (Mateo’s brother and a sort of love hate relationship with Alexis), and Mateo (Ollie’s’ now boyfriend).

The noor that lights the way and helps guide you underground is being stolen by Zadok, Ollie’s evil grandfather. Earthquakes are becoming more prevalent underground and on the surface due to this. Zadok is evil and that is where they are going to try to reason with him and fight him.

The first book took me a while to see it all. This book is much easier to see and understand what is going on. This would make a great movie with action and family and a little romance too! It is a really refreshing idea, this underground world with the noor that makes you feel good and protected as long as you go in the direction it leads you. And the evil Zadock who wants to destroy it and control the way others live their lives. Hmmm, sounds familiar in a way too. Good vs. Evil.

There is Alexis and Jesse as the sidekicks. Keren from the underground wanting to be like the surface dwellers. A good plot with humor and family and values and manners and a great story for anyone. It is also required to be in good shape to live this life with beasts and caverns and gaping holes in the floors and to be able to eat food without thought as to what kind of meat you may or may not be eating.

Kallie Ross has a love for learning that has gravitated toward studying conspiracy theories and contradictions in our culture. Her creative conclusions have ignited a passion to write compelling young adult fiction that incorporates legend, conjecture, fantasy, and conviction. Kallie's first novel Descent: A Lost Tribe Book 1, was released last year.

Kallie Ross loves being a wife, mother, friend, writer, and teacher. She began teaching high school English in 2002 and started blogging and podcasting in 2008. She has a brilliant husband, two redheads, and never imagined her life would ever be this fun!

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