Crystal Brook has always been the dud Savant in her family; paranormal powers just aren't her thing. Dropping out of school with a clutch of 'E' grades and no future, she lives in the shadow of her high-flying sister Diamond. On a trip to Denver, a chance encounter with the dashing Benedict brothers leaves Diamond head over heels in love and engaged to be married. Crystal, on the other hand, is unimpressed by their charms . . . in fact no boy can annoy her as much as Xav Benedict! Back in Venice, their families assemble for Diamond's wedding and a powerful enemy seizes the opportunity to attack. Crystal and Xav must join forces to save their loved-ones, unlocking a secret that, until now, has lain deeply buried...
I’d been looking forward to reading Seeking Crystal for ages as I love this book series, or more specifically the Benedict family. Obviously as a diehard romantic, the idea of ‘soulfinders’ reduces me to a puddle on the floor and I wish it wasn’t just fiction *le sigh*. This time it’s Xavier’s turn (and incidentally, his brother Trace too) and from what I’d seen of Xavier, I couldn’t wait to read his story. Unfortunately though, he started annoying me early on with his constant deluge of affectionate terms such as “cupcake”, “darlin” and “beauty”, I mean come on Xavier, the girl has a name and you’re just coming across as a creep.
Having said all that, I did enjoy the relationship build up between Xavier and Crystal and the setting was heavenly. Venice was brought to life by Joss’ rich and vibrant description and it’s still on my list of ‘must see’ places. Xavier won me over eventually because you know, he’s a Benedict and I just can’t resist them. My favourite scenes were when Xavier and Crystal had to kiss for a movie shoot and Xavier skiing down the mountain like a badass. It's a good look for him ;)
Whilst Seeking Crystal was mostly about Xavier and Crystal, I liked the way the soulfinders story also developed and we are introduced to ‘soulseekers’ although I won’t say much about that for fear of spoilers.
What I will say though is that with only two or three brothers left needing to find their mates (and I do believe they are out of the YA bracket) I fear this could be the last in the series but I sincerely hope not as I don’t care that they are older. Thankfully, Joss gives us hope that they will find each other regardless.
Seeking Crystal wasn’t the strongest book in the series but it was certainly entertaining and enjoyable. I just hope there’s more to come.
Seeking Crystal was published on 4th October, 2012. To find out more about Joss Stirling and her books, please click here to visit her website.