Seizure (Virals #2) by Kathy Reichs


Reviewed by: Siobhán
Format: Hardback
Pages:  491
Published: 5th Jan 2012
Publisher: Arrow Young
Source: Publisher for Review
Genre: YA Adventure, Mystery, SciFi
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Ever since Tory Brennan and her friends rescued Cooper, a kidnapped wolf pup with a rare strain of canine parvovirus, they've turned from regular kids into a crime-solving pack! But now the very place that brought them together - the Loggerhead Island Research Institute - is out of funding and will have to shut down. That is, unless the Virals can figure out a way to save it!

So when Tory learns of an old Charleston legend about a famous she-pirate, Anne Bonney, whose fortune was never found, she can't believe her luck - buried treasure is exactly what she needs to save the Institute on Loggerhead! Trouble is, she and her friends aren't the only ones looking for it. And this time, the Virals' special powers may not be enough to dig them out of trouble . .

Seizure is the follow up to Virals, which is an YA series but the bestselling author Kathy Reichs. The Virals series is about Tory, Tempe Brennons Great Niece, who after her mother was killed is sent to life with her father Charleston. In book one she befriends three teenage boys and they all just clicked. However, they contract a parvovirus that gives them new strange powers. Almost Wolf like senses and thus bonding them into a pack!

In Seizure, Tory and the boy are still trying to figure out how to work their powers and what they do with them. They are closes than ever, however, due ot college the lack funding Loggerhead Island Research Institute is being forced to close down and they are faced with the possibilities that they will all be split up. Tory comes up with a plan to to go on a crazy treasure hunt of the famous pirate Anne Bonny to try and save Loggerhead and friends from being separated. However, they soon discover that they aren't they only ones after the buried treasure. "Can the Virals survive their toughest Challenge yet?" - Cover tagline.

What an fantastic thrill ride of the book this was. OMG, Kathy Reichs had be glued from page one like I knew she would. I have missed the Virals. They are such a refreshing change of characters that are in YA just now. They are all smart kids and would stop at nothing to protect themselves and there little world, even if it means almost getting killed. Tory is only 14 year old and they is no doubt that she is the pack leader. They boys; Ben, Hi and Shelton all look up to her and she her as their Alpha. Even though at times they all think she is insane coming up with crazy ideals but they will follow her to no end. All three boys bring something different that just makes the group likable. They al stand up for each other and all love each other. Hi is probably my favourite, he gets some really good funny lines. However, Shelton got to shine in the books. And he gets the best and funniest quote in the book:

"You'll start talking, and pretty soon we'll all start nodding, and then the next thing you know, I'm hang gliding off the Eiffel Tower at night, being chased by ninja vampires"

So yeah, I adore them. They are probably becoming my favourite characters in a YA series. :)

Now they story itself? well, what can I say that can do this wonderful book any justice? Probably nothing, It was just so freaking AMAZING. Yeah, Amazing!!! Lately, it's been taking something really special for to me fall in love with book. And this has. I think it was the fresh and unique (to me ) plot. Hunting down pirates treasure in a nail biting treasure hunt. I was loving every minutes of it. There wasn't ever a dull moment. Between trying to work out the clues to running for lifes, I was gripping to the edge of my seat. The thing that I really did love was at some scenes in the book it had a Goonies feel to it and I love the goonies. It's full of twists and turns and the mystery of who the bad guys are.

Seizure feels more of a companion to Virals as they are completely different. I would recommend reading Virals first though for two reasons. One: to get to know the characters better and how they become "Virals" and Two: because its bloody amazing as well!!!

I am now really looking forward to seeing what new dangers and adventures Kathy takes are young characters on next, if it's anything like Book 1 and 2 then its going to be Epic!!!

Rate: 5/5


  1. I have the first book but need to seat down and read it but really had no free time to read my own books. This sounds amazing great review!

  2. I'm the same with my own books. But I'm cutting back on review books this year. So I can read my own. I recommend these books though. Amazing!!!

  3. Sounds really good! Ill have to get book 1 and see what its like!


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