It is time to review Volume II. of The Teddy Bear Chronicles, Chloe’s Crusade! I recently posted my review for Volume I. so if you haven’t read that one yet, go and check it out! As far as sequels go, I was immensely impressed! Author Donnalyn Vojta does such a wonderful job of creating a thrilling story.
I did receive an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) from the author, but my thoughts and reviews and are 100% my own. This book will be released later this year in July! 🙂
This series has the surprising narrator of teddy bears. In the first volume of the series, there were three different bears who narrated for us. Those three bears join us for Volume II. as well as two new bears, Tiny and Rocco! Volume II. mainly follows the story of a character named Chloe. We are first introduced to her in Volume I. when she helps Kelly escape from her abusive boyfriend, Mark. The book starts off in Venezuela where Chloe is working on a case with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Chloe has a teddy bear keychain, named Tiny, that she always has clipped onto her, and is how we see what is going on with Chloe. The case that Chloe is working on deals with a drug cartel, whose business travels all the way over to Europe where our other characters live. The story brings in characters from first book: Kelly, her sister Tori, Richard, and Kelly’s husband Sidney. The careers that Kelly and Tori’s husbands have lead them to working on the case with Chloe. While they are working on the case, Kelly and Tori both start to receive flowers and stalkerish notes, bringing back memories from the ordeal with Mark.
I don’t want to get into too many details on the storyline because I don’t want to accidentally give anything away!
Volume I. was Vojta’s debut novel, and just in this sequel, I already see growth in her writing! The one thing I would have wanted to see different in the first book was to have more details in certain scenes, and the second book delivered on that! I was so happy to see that, and it makes me even more excited to see what she has in store for us with her upcoming works!
One of the things that I love in stories is the character development. Not only do we get character development in our human characters, but we also see character development within the teddy bears as well. This was so interesting to me! Not only do we have inanimate objects telling us the story, but we have actual character development in those inanimate objects. These bears have an intelligence that sometimes proves them more observant than the humans that they belong to! However, along with that, they still possess a certain innocence and naivety that we know and love from the first book.
This is a wonderful story that combines elements of a thriller, mystery, and romance. It really does have something in it for everyone to enjoy. There was SUCH a cliffhanger at the end of Volume II. and I cannot wait for the third installment to come out! I highly recommend this series to everyone! With that said, however, this is NOT a children’s book! It deals with adult content, and should be read with discretion.
If you are interested in this series at all, you should DEFINITELY read it! 🙂