Expected publication: October 9th 2018 by Charlesbridge Teen
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy| Romance
A copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I loved the first book, Select, and when I found out that there will be a second book, I couldn’t wait.
All throughout the book, I debated on whether I should give this four or five stars. Don’t get me wrong. It was well-written and very engaging. But the problem is in majority of the book, I was mad. I was so pissed at the characters, especially at Angus and Julia. I honestly wanted to run Angus over with a car. The only person who hasn’t gotten on my bad side is John. He doesn’t deserve to suffer and I just wanted to protect him and let him be happy. 😦
You know that feeling when you see a car crash about to happen but you have no power to stop it and all you can do is watch? That’s exactly what I felt while reading the book. I could see everything is going to fall apart from a mile away. And it frustrates me so much that all Julia did was go straight into it. I desperately wanted to reach inside the book and shake some sense into her. But what’s even more frustrating is that I can’t really blame her and I understood that she did all that because she thought she was doing the right thing.
One of the best things I liked in this book — which the first one didn’t have — is John’s POV. It definitely felt like it was John speaking and everything was so heartbreaking. The author managed to draw a line between each character’s thinking to separate them from each other.
What I wished this book could have done differently is how it integrated fantasy into reality. I would have loved it if the fantasy elements were more grounded in reality to make it seem believable. I feel that some events and key points in the plot were introduced in a way that feels a little surreal and outrageous.
Other than that, this was a really great read and I highly enjoyed it. I wouldn’t mind, no — in fact, I would love it if there is a third book.