Release Date: October 16, 2012
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Sparks will fly . . . Passion will ignite . . .
Crystal Brook has always been the dud Savant in her family; paranormal powers just aren't her thing. Dropping out of school with a clutch of 'E' grades and no future, she lives in the shadow of her high-flying sister Diamond. On a trip to Denver, a chance encounter with the dashing Benedict brothers leaves Diamond head over heels in love and engaged to be married. Crystal, on the other hand, is unimpressed by their charms . . . in fact no boy can annoy her as much as Xav Benedict!
Back in Venice, their families assemble for Diamond's wedding and a powerful enemy seizes the opportunity to attack. Crystal and Xav must join forces to save their loved-ones, unlocking a secret that, until now, has lain deeply buried . . .
Seeking Crystal is the third book in the intriguing and extremely gripping Benedict series. If your looking for a set of books to get obsessed over this year, make sure you pick up this series.
Crystal Brook doesn't seem to have paranormal powers like she should have been born with. She's not clever, she's not pretty and, to rub it all in her big nose, she's always been in the shadow of her successful older sister, Diamond. On a trip to Denver, a run-in with the gorgeous Benedict brothers leaves Diamond in love and engaged to be married with one of them. Crystal doesn't understand how everything could happen so fast, because unlike her sister she is unimpressed by the boys' charms. But could the most annoying of the boys, Xav, help her unlock a secret that could change Crystal's life?
Stirling does an incredible job at keeping readers hooked and desperate to read more after just a few pages. Her characters are entertaining and very realistic. I've really enjoyed the characters from her previous books in the series and it was great to see that they played a part in this book.
Moving away from the supporting characters, I was ecstatic to find out that this book was finally about Xav discovering his soulfinder. Those who have read the previous books will know that he is a sweet talker who cracks the best jokes. It was amazing to read about him and his blossoming relationship with Crystal; a very tall, dark-haired girl.
This book is told from the POV of Crystal. Even though she is from a Savant family, she does not have the powers she should have been born with. She isn't clever and she isn't pretty, but she is strong-willed and determined. When she and Xav meet, boy, do sparks fly! Xav gets on her nerves like no other boy has before. Believe me, their encounter is hilarious. Scratch that, all scenes with Xav and Crystal in the same room are hilarious!
Stirling does not disappoint fans with this extraordinary installment! The books just get better and better. New characters, more mysteries and lots more laughs to be had with the Benedict brothers. A fourth book? All I know is that it's going to be good.
If you are interested in reading Seeking Crystal then I would recommend you read the first two books, Finding Sky and Stealing Pheonix, because it will give you a better idea of the characters and the world the books are set in.
- A review copy was provided by Oxford University Press