Woah. This book was a mindf*ck. Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy and found myself unable to put it down. The second book was just as good and addicting, but I kind of thought I would be able to trust Mara as a narrator better in this book, and that wasn't the case. She's still as unreliable a narrator as ever and I spent most of the book thinking she was definitely just crazy. I was terrified that at the end of the book the author was going to have Mara wake up in a mental hospital and say that the entire thing never happened.... and well that still may happen. There is still a book 3 yet to come and it could all be a dream or a hallucination. Maybe Noah isn't REAL!! Ok I'll stop now.
I must say that in the first book I wasn't feeling the Mara-Noah relationship. I found it more than a little icky that Noah was lusting after this girl who had SO many problems. Her life was a complete wreck and he's like trying to hit on her?? No, I felt like she needed a friend, not a boyfriend. BUT in this second book, I accepted the relationship much better. Mara was still a little bit too reliant on Noah, but damn I couldn't blame the girl with all that was happening to her. There were a few times where the romance got too much for me. For instance this:
"If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one." ~Noah
So yeah that is super sweet, and in the past I loved swoony stuff like that. But now I'm all jaded and the whole soul-mates thing, while super-sweet, just turns my skin. Sorry, I just don't do soul-mates. But that's okay. These two were tumbling down a hell-hole so deep that if I were there I would probably declare a soul-mate for myself too. I mean who wants to be alone when your world splits open and up becomes down??
This hasn't really been a review as much as it's been my reactions to reading a book that messed with my head (in a good way). Sorry for that.... I'm not so good at reviewing books in series past the first book.
PS- I'm glad I waited so long to read this because now I only have a few months to go until the final book!! Woooo!!!
Overall: Just as addicting as the first book, and just as creepy. Mara and Noah are back and to me better than ever. I enjoyed their relationship so much more in this book and now I'm dying for the final book!!
This Book Includes:
- A creepy doll
- Mental illness
- Noah and Mara goodness
- A beach make-out session
- Horizons, a mental health school
- Flashbacks to a past life?
- Psychological issues
How I got this book: Library
Date Published: 10/23/2012