K with a very interesting story that had my attention from the very beginning Scarlett Wenderoth is a beautiful young girl whose life has been turned upside down when her older brother Ronny passed away It was a very emotional rollercoaster ride for Scarlett and her family and things were never the same since Scarlett still lives with her father on Catalina Island in a Bed Breakfast that they own while her mother lives on the main land Will Scarlett be able to forgive her mother for leaving them Is there a chance of Scarlett and her mother reconciling their mother and daughter relationship This is the beginning of Scarlett s life journey She will be a senior in high school when school starts and her boyfriend Will Cohen will be leaving to go to College on the East Coast She will try to go on with her life the best way she can with everything that has happened There will be a lot of changes in Scarlett s life She will have a new interest in Kabbalah that she doesn t now a whole lot about but is willing to learn She will meet new people that will help teach her and help her understand it Will their love for each other be enough to eep their relationship together and survive the long distance from each other What will Scarlett think about Kabbalah and will she stay with it to learn As I was reading I could feel all the emotions that Scarlett was feeling about what has happened in her life her relationship with her mother and with her boyfriend Will Elana K Arnold has done a fantastic job Splendor is the seuel to Sacred It is the first book that I have read by Elana and I am looking forward to reading Sacred to find out how Scarlett s story began It is a must read and I definitely recommend my friends to check it out I love Elana K Arnold s books Her writing is understated beautiful and vivid Burning is my favorite but I also really liked Sacred the first book in this duology along with Splendor When I first finished Sacred I was surprised to see there was going to be a seuel I felt like the story left off in a good place and it wasn t necessary to eep going but since I love Elana s writing and I enjoyed the story I was happy for the opportunity to read Even after I started reading I remained skeptical There s a lot going on in this book There s Will going away to college Scarlett s parents splitting up Scarlett s friend Lily going through a rebellion Scarlett s Kabbalah practice the mysterious new guy who moves to Catalina island and the pregnancy of Scarlett s mare For a while I thought I was going to have to write a review of one of my favorite author s books an author who seems like a really nice person saying I just didn t get this oneEventually I settled into the story and I came to like all the different parts I didn t love that Will was all the way on the other side of the country at college but I appreciated that it gave Scarlett room to be her own person and do her own thing At first I was taken aback by the storyline about Scarlett s parents splitting up At the end of Sacred they seemed to be a really good place Part of me wishes that storyline would have been explored a little but as I ve said this was a pretty packed book The Lily storyline I really liked In Sacred when Scarlett is struggling to move on after her brother s death I loved what a good friend Lily was it was interesting to see a less confident rebellious side of Lily Scarlett s Kabbalah practice I had mixed feelings about Some parts of it like the explanation of Sukkot I already new about so I was a little bored Other parts of it like the mystical gifts people are given and the ways we are all connected I found really fascinating Gunner the mysterious Brit who moves to Catalina Island I hated personally but I liked the storyline He drove a wedge between Scarlett and Lily which upset me *and i was so afraid he would drive *I was so afraid he would drive wedge between Will and Scarlett And the pregnant horse I learned way than I ever wanted to now about how a horse gets pregnant and I felt Tempting Fate kind of bad for the horse but I thought it was an interesting decision on Scarlett s part and I wish we would have learned about why she made itSee A lot of things were happening Elana had told me that this is her favorite ending of all her books so the bar was set pretty high but even 50 or 60 pages from the end I wasn t sure how it was all going to come together and wrap up But then it did and I really loved it It s a bittersweet ending but I really appreciated how everything converged and how things said earlier in the book came around and connected And I will agree with Elana this is also my favorite ending out of her books The thing about life I thought as Star drank his mother s warm milk is that you have to choose it And then you have toeep choosing it again and againYou can choose it by staring out at the vast horizon By focusing on the smallest stone By feeling humbled by the greatness of others By claiming victory in a challenge By judging By loving Through balance Through nowledge In wisdom In grace Bottom Line If this wasn t already established before I am an
Elana K Arnold Fangirl All The Way K Arnold fangirl all the way adore her writing and her stories and I am so sad I have to wait until next year to read another book by her If you like smart well written different but not too different YA you have to give her books a shot Even though it took me a little to while to settle into what she was doing with this one I still loved her writing and when it all came together it was just lovelyI received an ARC of this book from a friend who used to work at Random House All opinions are my own This review first appeared on my blog. S will gravitate toward Scarlett and her problems Arnold has painted a very realistic picture of teenage girls and their conflicting emotions Fans of the first novel will appreciate continuing Scarlett’s story and finding some closure with this seuel Readers unfamiliar with Sacred will still be able to enjoy Splendor” VOYA Praise for SacredWill appeal to many teens especially fans of the Twilight series BooklistFilled with tension and angst Readers will be looking for the next installment School Library JournalA poignant novel of loss and grief but also of hope VOYA From the Hardcover edition. .
I m not entirely sure why the first book needed a seuel other than to satisfy a need for a happy ending on behalf of the author or the fans of the first book Scarlett goes from a character who is unlikable to someone you wish you didn t now She s inexplicably moneyed in this book after the first mentions her barely having 20 bucks to stick in her pocket to being a UC Davis student who will have absolutely no problem financing the bordering of her 2 horses The college community around UCD is famously One Giant Leap known for having a 1 3% vacancy rate which in turn raises the overall cost of living for the area Inow people from there who struggle to live on decent wages let alone someone who would be a student and need to pay about 2K PER MONTH to board a couple of horsesThere were some interesting points regarding religion especially that of Hasidic Judaism but for the life of me I could not understand the correlation between that reality and the Harry Potter mysticism that imbues both Scarlett Will s powers The vacillation between this being a realistic story and a fantasy is aggravating and tiresomeI really glad Arnold moved away from this CW suspend your disbelief nonsense and into writing that had a stronger hold on reality because her prose is still strangely compelling even when her story here was utter shiteAlso I have a daughter the same age as Scarlett TEENAGERS DO NOT TALKACT LIKE THEY DO IN THIS BOOK Far so than any of the cleverer than thou speech that some YA novels have which is really saying something Tragic but beautifully written 45 Stars Splendor is a beautifully written young adult novel full of hope faith and love It continues to follow lead character Scarlett Wenderoth as she deals with life s obstacles and struggles Her boyfriend Will has headed east for college she started her senior year of high school her parents have separated and her best friend Lily is being wild as always On top of all that there s Gunner the handsome and dangerous guy that might become Lily s boyfriend Gunner has Scarlett uestioning her love for Will and what exactly it means to be in love with someone To clear her head and think things over Scarlett turns again to her horse and also to Kabbalah a form of mysticism to help clear her mind and harness her emotions But the answers Scarlett attempts to find only uestions seem to appear in their placeThis was a enchanting young adult novel that revolves around several deep issues such as friendship loss grief family self discovery faith and love The characters continued to be incredibly realistic and uniue Scarlett continued to be a great lead character with her flaws and obvious issues but she showed character growth in the novel and continued to search for answers to life s many uestions and problems There were new issues in the romance department with the introduction of Gunner s character which I felt made things interesting and yet complicated at the same time I enjoyed watching how Scarlett dealt with her feelings for both Will and Gunner and how things played out between them I felt that the setting was again perfect for the novel Catalina a small island off the coast of California provided the perfect sense of familiarity for the reader as well as the characters and it was also a beautiful backdrop to the story as a whole The plot had a lot of difficult situations and uestions that needed answered but it was filled with hope faith and love as we continue to watch Scarlett grow into the young woman she s meant to
"be the novel "The novel writing was beautifully done so much so that I was immediately drawn into the lyrical prose and the vivid details and descriptions The pace was natural and flowed effortlessly throughout the book I m eagerly awaiting the next novel to see what Scarlett will have to face next and how she ll get through it Highly recommended for fans of YA fantasy and contemporary fictionDisclosure I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review Oh my I m in love with Elana s writing Both books in this series were so beautifully written In the beginning of Splendor I very much hated Scarlett but I m very happy with her character development and now I Apocalyptic Cartography kinda love her This book was so heartbreaking but at the same time a great survival story This book was partly a religious book and partly a teen drama just like the previous book And the plot wasn t much different from that of the previous bookThe main character had a boyfriend but there was some distance between them emotional one in the first book physical one in this book Then a new guy came to the island and her school She was attracted to him he took an interest in herExcept that in this book the main character s best friend was involved in the romance drama and that the focus was on the main character s relationship with her boyfriend instead of that with the new love interestMeanwhile the main character s family was rather dysfunctional Her mother abandoned her family Her father was distracted or not capable of taking care of his family And the main character was drawn to another family she came tonow which seemed to be functioning well Also she was introduced to religious thinking or rituals she had been unfamiliar with through a member of that familyI didn t particularly like the main character or the story in the first book And it was the same with *this book This book was slightly better than the previous one concerning supernatural elements though They *book This book was slightly better than the previous one concerning supernatural elements though They exploredyet i liked this book less because view I liked this book less because view author made Lily practically the only character I liked in this series die And why did she have to die to beg. Splendor the stunning seuel to Sacred is a story about changing friendships family romance passion the study of Kabbalah and self discovery Sometimes the answers we seek aren’t ours to find Scarlett loves her boyfriend the dashing mysterious Will Cohen But now he’s gone east for college and Scarlett is stuck home on Catalina Island Senior year should be a breeze but between dealing with her parents’ separation and her wild best friend Lily things are off to a rocky start And then there’s Gunner Dangerous dark ferociously attractive Gunner Lily’s potential boyfriend Gunner Scarlet. .
Elana K. Arnold ☆ 2 Summary.
In with So that Scarlett the main character could have some revelation So that Scarlett could patch things up with her family and boyfriend As if Lily was just a tool to make Scarlett s life better That s outrageousOn top of that since Lily had slept with a guy she d met a few days before while the main character hadn t slept with her boyfriend she d been dating for months although she seemed to sleep with him in this book it didn t happen until near the end after they d dated for than a year it looks like Lily died because she had sex as a punishment for being a slut That s another reason why I hate the author s decision to ill Lily Not to mention Lily s death seemed like an excuse for Scarlett to finally decide to sleep with her boyfriendAnd Lily s death didn t even have much of an impact on Scarlett because she d already learned how to deal with a loss in the first book where she struggled with her brother s death or something like that It makes some sense sure But it also made Lily s death seem even unnecessary hide spoiler Splendor is a very sad but beautiful story about a girl name Scarlett Scarlett s boyfriend Will is leaving for Yale and all she has is her best friend Lily and her father After her brothers death a year before Scarlett had come face to face with a boy named Will who revealed to her that he can sense when someone is is danger and he is compelled to help them and if he doesn t he gets excruciating headaches When Gunner Montgomery Valentine a foreign exchange student from England shows up Scarlett is attracted to him even though Will is her boyfriend Lily and Scarlett become distant from each other and in the end of this story Scarlett faces death and loss then ever before I read Sacred the book that comes before Splendor way back in January and I thought it was just an okay read So when Splendor showed up in my mailbox I went back and forth on wether I wanted to read it I finally decided to give it a try and I m pleased to say the seuel was much much betterWith her boyfriend Will off to college all the way across the country Scarlett is stuck at home dealing with even problems than before After having to recover from losing her brother the year before Scarlett has to now deal with her parents separation and her best friend Lily s wild out lashes Not to mention the mysterious and British Gunner shows up and Scarlett feels things for him she shouldn t be feeling with Will in the picture Scarlett tries to find solace with her horse and studying ecstatic mysticism to learn about her emotions and Will s supernatural situation but life eeps on throwing curveballs her way Scarlett s life is changing and she has to figure out just exactly who it is she wants to be now I m so so happy that the problems I had with the first book were not at all present in this one First I really loved Scarlett s character now that she has finally gotten control of herself after her brother s death While you would think finally having Will as a boyfriend would make her completely dependent on him she s really not Instead Elana K Arnold has created a very realistic relationship where when Will goes off to college they A Bride for McCain know that they love each other but aren t sure if they re really going to be together forever That being said both of them discover new things about themselves and have attractions for other people and they have to deal with their own relationship as well as their feelings for others I was relieved they didn t become obsessed with each other when Will went to school and really had lives apart from their relationship with each otherWhatind of put me off of this one though was Scarlett s attraction to Gunner I get that she s supposed to be confused about her emotions and relationship with Will now that he s not there but I did not get her attraction to Gunner at all It seems like he showed up and everyone fell in love with him Including Scarlett I feel like there should have been either attraction on both of their parts or a growing to like him as she go to Heart and Soul / Almost Heaven know him Instead she seemed to hate him yet become attracted to him as she spent time with him I think his character was just really weird and I wasn t a fan of his smoking and drug use I get what the author was trying to do with his character I just don t think the chemistry in Scarlett s attraction to him was really there Other than Gunner though this book was fantastic I loved the new characters Scarlett meets and I loved how both Will s dad and Lily s family become involved in Scarlett s life The whole religious aspect with Will s dad was much toned down and I liked how that was inserted into the story with their friend Sabine And Will Oh Will I loved him so much in this book but I remember not really caring for him in the first one While he isn t in a whole lot of this book his presence is still there and I really liked the moments where he actually was a part of the story So overall Splendor was a really great seuel to Sacred The characters were great and Scarlett grows even than she did in the first book There is a huge plot twist nearish the end of the book and I was like What Totally wasn t expecting that So that definitely held my attention andept me reading My only problem was the whole Gunner aspect but I really enjoyed the rest of Scarlett s story If you read Sacred I d definitely recommend picking up the seuel You *GET AN EVEN BETTER NOVEL AND REALLY GROW TO *an even better novel and really grow to all of the characters you might not have been all that connected to the first time around Review will be posted here after it posts at its
Place Of Origin Splendorof origin Splendor Elana K Arnold is a fantastic YA boo. T distracts herself by spending time with her horse and delving into ecstatic mysticism a way to practice Kabbalah Through this practice she hopes to learn to control her emotions and begin to make sense of her place in the world But Scarlett’s world is increasingly unrecognizable Are Lily and Scarlett becoming too different to stay friends Is Will still the love of Scarlett’s life even though she has feelings for Gunner Does being in love mean only being attracted to one person The Scarlett uestions the fewer answers there seem to bePraise for SplendorAs in Arnold’s earlier Sacred teen. ,