Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Double Down by Gwenda Bond

Double Down (Lois Lane, #2)Lois Lane has settled in to her new school. She has friends, for maybe the first time in her life. She has a job that challenges her. And her friendship is growing with SmallvilleGuy, her online maybe-more-than-a-friend. But when her friend Maddy’s twin collapses in a part of town she never should’ve been in, Lois finds herself embroiled in a dangerous mystery that brings her closer to the dirty underbelly of Metropolis.

Sequel to Fallout, where we meet and get to know young Lois Lane, this was very much along the same lines: a potential story is stranger than anticipated and Lois has to put on a brave face and play hero. This time it’s Mandy’s twin sister who’s in trouble, getting dizzy, losing consciousness and seeing things. As things develop and twist, it turns out that the ex-mayor’s reputation and politics are involved, as well as a mob boss.

I really liked Fallout, I liked getting to know Lois and her family, and even having a limited Superman involvement didn’t bother me (like it did my friend!). And I did enjoy Double Down probably just as much, it just felt a little same-y. Even though the stakes were raised and it didn’t have that ‘getting started’ feeling of a first book, the storyline pretty much followed the same vein as before. Not that there’s anything wrong with changing something that worked, I just wanted a bit more.

Not that we didn’t get more, we did. Lois gained confidence in her journalist skills, there were some lovely sister moments between her and Lucy, and her quasi-relationship with SmallvilleGuy was starting to heat up. Plus the strangeness of this case was pretty weird: human clones and mind-melds, as well as a possible connection between Lois’s army father and sightings of the flying man.

All in all, I really liked this instalment and am very excited to see where the story and characters go, I just wanted a little something different.

Published September 2016 by Curious Fox. Thank you to the published for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

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