Lydia Reviews: Elpida by C. Kennedy

Title: Elpida

Author: C Kennedy

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 350

Genre: Coming of Age, Series

Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Michael and Christy attended prom, graduated high school, and Michael leads the USATF tryouts. With Oxford University on the horizon, his future looks bright, and he believes life has returned to normal after Christy’s rescue. He couldn’t be more wrong.

Christy has been free from a life of slavery for more than a year and has made remarkable progress due in no small part to the love he found with Michael. But the recent prosecution of a past abuser has shattered the life he so painstakingly built out of nothing but a mountain of horror. He now faces the daunting task of building a new life—yet again.

Twelve-year-old Thimi has been missing since Christy left Greece and, unbeknownst to everyone, has hidden out in a vacant mansion in Glyfada. Learning of Christy’s survival is the only thing that brings him out of hiding. People, open spaces, even the most common of sounds frighten him beyond reason. A mere ghost of a boy, Thimi arrives in the US with no knowledge of the outside world—the only constant in his life a purple marble.

Lost, shattered, and afraid, only hope gives them the strength and courage they need to begin anew.

Review:

Elpida is the third book in the Elpida series by author C Kennedy.  Readers should know that this is a series that MUST be read in order, so if you have not read the first two books you may want to pass by this review.  This story also touches on topics that can be considered triggers for some readers. Readers may also want to know that Elpida took second place in the 2017 Rainbow Awards Young Adult category.  Congratulations Ms. Kennedy.

This book picks up right where the second story, Tharros, ends so you are immediately pulled back into a world full of angst, fear, and love.  I fell in love with the two young MC’s, Christy and Michael, in the first book and could not wait for them to finally find a HEA without fear.  I loved that that was the final goal in this story but the way there is not an easy one.

As Michael and Christy are coping with the trial and its effects on Christy, they get word that Thimi has heard of Christy’s death, misinformation put out by the Greece news agencies.  This has put Thimi into a tailspin with almost drastic results. It is up to Christy to pull him back from the brink and arranges to bring him to the states as soon as possible.

Michael, and those around him, are leery of what having Thimi with them will do to Christy, but he can’t tell the love of his life no.  While there are some good moments the difficult ones seem to overshadow everything else. There are attacks on Michael and those he loves,  new family dynamics to come to terms with, and a massive misunderstanding to straighten out. There were times I wanted to cry and worried that Christy and Michael are never going to find their happily ever after.  Yet, through it all, the story held my attention and I had a hard time putting the book down.

I loved the way the author wraps up this series, but I also felt as if  there was still more story to be told. I hope the author plans to bring these two young men back for at least one more story some time in the future.   For those who have not yet tried this series I strongly suggest that you do. It is one you will have a hard time forgetting.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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