Review: Select Few (Select #2)

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Select Few (Select #2) by Marit Wiesenberg

Expected publication: October 9th 2018 by Charlesbridge Teen

Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy| Romance

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After rejecting the cult-like influence of her father’s family, Julia moves into a fancy hotel in downtown Austin. But she finds herself alone except for her boyfriend, John–and her fears. Once again she’s suppressing her abilities, afraid her family will come for John when they find out he’s been developing abilities of his own in her presence. The FBI is also keeping a close eye on Julia hoping she can lead them to her father, Novak, as he’s wanted for questioning in his former assistant’s death.

With tensions high, Julia and John agree to go separate ways for the summer, paving the way for Julia to reunite with Angus, fellow outcast. Together they set out on a road trip to California to find Julia’s mom and a way into Novak’s secret underground world. Along the way Julia will learn the Puri perhaps aren’t the only humans evolving into something different. . . and that maybe she’s the leader her people have needed all along.

A copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

RATING: ★★★★☆

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.

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