The Beam, by Michel Prince is the second installment in the Chrysalis series. This New Adult book takes up where the series starter, Chrysalis, left off. With now high school junior/senior Ellie working to finish school early, while Oscar has started college. Ellie and Oscar seem to have settled into a comfortable relationship, until the demons reappear and they find out that while they, Ellie and Oscar, cannot be hurt, their family and friends can.
The book continues on in the same vain as the first book, with one twist, it keeps jumping between time: It starts in September 2010, then jumps to June 2010, then back to September, then flashed to the time of Lilith, back to September and then to August; this all within the first 20% of the book. I enjoyed this book more than the first book, but still felt that it included things that distracted from the story. I still loved the romance between Ellie and Oscar. I was even happier to see the interaction between Ellie, Oscar and Oscar’s father. The scenes with the three of them are my favorite in the book. The scenes with Max, Kelly, Oscar and Ellie are also enjoyable.
What most pleased me in this work was the development of Ellie as a stronger character. Now I do not believe she has become a strong person, just stronger than she was. The way the author uses the love between her and Oscar to see the development of that strength was wonderful. The way the author wrote the final chapter of the book, with the twist was clever and showed me her abilities as an author that I did not see in much of the book. The way this book ended leads me to believe there will be another installment in this series. I must add that I am not sure what the title has to do with the book.
-Reviewed by Selina