seeking unseen by kat heckenbach

The second in the Toch Island Chronicles, and even better than the first…

To read my review of the first book, Finding Angel, click here.

To read an interview with the author, click here.

Angel is reunited with her parents and has settled into her new life on a magical island. Everything is great, except she misses the people she had to leave behind in her old life…her brother, her best friend. If only they could be with her, then things would be perfect, right? Right–perfectly crazy.

Theology: Unseen

Like the first installment, this book is not blatantly Christian.

Matthew 13:13 “That is why I use these parables, For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.”

The theology is there if you look for it, but if you don’t want to see it, you won’t. It appears mostly at the end of the book when there are some great light/dark metaphors, and one character’s journey into seeing the souls of others.

Maturity: PG

Unlike the first book, this one does have some mild profanity. The characters are older, so the story includes romance–kissing scenes, but no sex.

Social Issues:

Fitting in: a teen that wants to be loved by her parents but they are too caught up in their own troubles to notice her. What does that do to her life and relationships?

Trust: how do you know if you can trust someone? does a mistake in someone’s past mean that they can never be trusted again?

Rehabilitation: If someone has been in jail, can you give them the benefit of the doubt? How far should you trust them?

The great thing about these books is that while they are fantasy, they also come with a good dose of mystery. You have to read the whole book to figure out what is going on. Kat will keep you guessing right up til the end. The bad thing about this book? You get to the end and want to know what happens next but there isn’t a third one to read. Hurry up, Kat!

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