Publisher: Self-Published (December 31, 2011)
I know I’ve waited a while to write this review but it’s perfect timing since the next book comes out on September 11. WOOHOO!! I know you’re probably sick of this but since this is second book there will be SPOILERS from the first book. Please go read it!
Plot: Picking up just a few weeks after the end of the first book, the injuries Scout suffered aren’t healing and she has begun having dreams in which Alex is still alive and they are able to speak to each other. While dreaming during the full moon Alex tells Scout she needs to wake up and run outside…and it’s good he does because all of a sudden Scout transforms into a wolf. Which is shocking because she’s never done this before, none of her blood relatives are shifters, and even if she somehow got shifter mojo in her blood during the epic battle Jase is a coyote, not a wolf. Oh and to put even more pressure on her shoulders, not only is Scout in a difficult situation in relation to the Hagan pack (including Jase, Charlie, and Talley) but then the creppy dude from Alex’s funeral comes back to accuse Scout of all these crazy things…charges which could cost her life (duh duh duhhhhhhhhhh).
Review: Zomg but I love this book. There aren’t many books I can read over and over without finding any issues but this is definitely on the list. I still love Scout and although there is so much crap thrown at her she never loses her sense of humor or loyalty to her friends and family. My second favorite is so the evil genius (Scout’s younger sister) who both amazes and terrifies me. Not many young kids would be able to stand up to adults the way she does and I have no doubt she makes a mean English muffin pizza.
One of the best, albeit hardest to handle, aspects of this book was the gradual rebuilding of friendships. Too often in books terrible things happen and then a day later all is well with everyone involved. While Scout is the only one physically wounded in the fight at the end of the first book, Talley, Jase, and especially Charlie also suffered on an emotional level. Each relationship needs to heal in its own way and at its own time, which is exactly what happens. The loyalty and support they share are truly admirable. That is until it’s seemingly torn apart by the actions of one of them in a way that makes me SO MAD I yell during every re-read.
My biggest issue with book is that I have NO idea what’s going to come next! Which of course isn’t a real criticism, just a sign of my impatience. Why did events at the “trial” unfold the way they did? Are Charlie and Talley okay? What the HELL is Jase thinking? What’s with Alex’s cryptic statement in the last shared dream? I also have my theories about the final book (based solely on my own hopes and imagination with zero spoiler info): we’re going to find out more about Alex’s past, Jase and Talley are going to end up together, as are Scout and Liam – yes, okay, the last one is because I have this inexplicable love for Liam but that’s what I want to happen! And of course there’s going to be some major changes in the shifter world. I can’t wait!
In the end I’m going to give this one a 10 out of 10.
Based on the following criteria:
How much did I like the heroine: 1000000. I absolutely adore Scout for so many reasons. While she can be a bit “woe is me” in the beginning I think it’s completely justified but once all the crazy stuff starts happening she is able to handle it very well…with one notable and stupid exception. She can write an awesome graduation speech, intelligently debate Batman vs. Iron Man, totally kick ass, and is an awesome shifter. Then there are the parts of Scout I love because of the similarities I feel with her – she doesn’t always know what she’s doing but tries her best, loves to quote movies, grows increasingly flippant when under pressure, and she has a wand from Harry Potter World in Orlando (I happen to own a very powerful wand but won’t tell exactly which one for fear of having my throat slit in the middle of the night.)
How much did I like the love interest: umm. Well there really isn’t one. I like to pretend Liam is a love interest but at this point Liam is just as much Scout’s love interest as Taylor Kitsch is mine (read: it’s only a matter of time). Then there’s Charlie but has too much damage been done? And Alex? I honestly have no clue what’s going on with him. I happened to be watching HP 7.2 while writing this review and saw the part where Dumbledore says “of course it’s happening inside your head Harry, why should that mean that it’s not real?” It doesn’t really answer my questions about Alex but seems completely fitting.
How believable is the plot: 5. Witches and shape shifters and seers, oh my! But yet again, I don’t care cause this book is awesomesauce.
How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 10. I’m not malicious but I’ve even tried to find issues and yet there’s nothing. I wish all authors were the amazing.
How much did I want to keep reading: 10+. I’m so excited for the next one!!
Glasses of wine I drank while reading: 0. No time to drink, must obsess over every slight (possibly made up in my mind) mention of Liam and catch all Scout’s pop culture references!
Final Score: 10/10. I know for so many people this seemingly isn’t their cup of tea but PLEASE trust me and give these books a shot. For me waiting for #3 is like Cartman waiting for the Wii.