Crimson Return

Fall of Venus #2

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
456 Pages
Reviewed on 10/21/2013
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Author Biography

Daelynn Quinn grew up in southern Maryland where she spent most of her time exploring her fertile imagination among the trees of her backyard forest. She studied history in college, but dropped out to travel and see the world. After starting a family, she returned to college and earned a degree in Dietetics. Her passion for creativity never perished, however, and in 2013 she finally completed and published her first novel, Fall of Venus. She continues to work on her Fall of Venus series and has another series of young adult books in development. While she's not reading or writing, Daelynn enjoys brainstorming while mowing her lawn, cooking healthy meals her kids refuse to eat, and watching old episodes of Mr. Bean with her three boys.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite

In Crimson Return, the second book in the Fall of Venus trilogy by Daelynn Quinn, Pollen McRae and her boyfriend Marcus have finally regained their lost memories and escaped the watchful eye of the Trinity, joining a group of rebels who plan on leaving their dying planet for a galaxy far, far away. But their hopes for safety are put in jeopardy when, Glenn, Pollen's ex-fiance and former Enforcer for the Trinity, winds up at the rebel camp. Despite his past and previous torture of Marcus, Pollen feels that she can still trust him. That trust is put to the test when plans and parts for their space exodus wind up missing.

As in Fall of Venus, the sci-fi elements in Crimson Return are very light because the plot is more heavily focused on Pollen's drama and the potential love triangle between herself, Glenn, and Marcus. Actually with regards to Glenn (since Ms. Quinn did such a fantastic job in Fall of Venus writing his character up as a jealous, manipulative liar, as well as a traitor and torturer) my view of the 'new' Glenn with abandonment issues was more in line with that of Marcus. I often found myself shocked and disappointed with some of the decisions Pollen made.

Fans of the first book don't have to worry about sophomore jinx with Crimson Return as it is written as well as Fall of Venus. There's a little less action so Pollen doesn't get rescued as much. However, when the action does kick off it is in spectacular fashion with an epic climax that's sure to have fans clamoring for the third and final book.