Damaged (Dark Road Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Bella is now dealing, or trying to deal, with the events that happened in book one. Unfortunately for her, things aren't getting any easier. In fact, they seem to be getting worse. She's spiraling and struggling, but she pretends she's fine and hopes that somehow, miraculously, everything will work itself out in the end.
With Jeremiah out of the picture, it's time for David, the boy Bella was tutoring, to make his move. Can he bring her out of the darkness, or is she too damaged to save?
I found myself a little more invested in the characters this time around. Addicted was good, but Damaged was a little bit better, at least for me. I was anxious to see if Bella would finally find a healthy way to cope with the awfulness of her past. I wanted to root for her and see her work through everything.
Instead, I found myself frustrated and almost angry at Bella for the way she was acting and behaving. I mean, I truly get that she went through a really awful, traumatic experience, and reacting badly is, I guess, a way of coping, but... I just don't get it. She has loving, caring parents. She has people who would be more than willing to help her. Instead, she shuns them and does whatever she feels like doing to try and stop the pain. She starts down a dark road, and she doesn't seem to care at all about what others might think or feel. She's a bit selfish, at least in my opinion.
I also was angry at Jeremiah. He sort of just let Bella go, and he didn't bother even trying to make things right or find out how she was handling things until it was almost too late.
To be honest, I kinda hated every character in this book, except for maybe Jeremiah's parents. Bella's parents aren't awful, but they could have tried a bit harder, I think.
Plot-wise, the book is definitely emotional in so many ways. Like I said above, I felt a lot of anger while reading this book, but there are also some really sad scenes, too. It's definitely a tough story to get through. Worth the read, though.
I give Damaged 3.5 stars. I'm curious to see where the story will go after all of this.
This book was even better than the first. The transitions improved greatly this time which was wonderful with so many different POVs. Krys Fenner did a much better job at making the story flow. It was really a much faster read. But... another cliff! Again, I went into Addicted blind and didn't expect a cliffhanger. I went into this book without so much as reading the blurb, but the next installment comes out in March, so the wait will be short despite not realizing it would end on another cliffhanger.
The characters are well-developed and it was inspiring to see Bella finally start making some better choices. I'm anxious to see where the author takes this story, and I think it will really make or break this series. It's really a great dark YA!