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Second chances aren't always a good thing...
on May 10, 2013
Whew. I just finished this book a few minutes ago, and I've been dying to write this review. I have a rule that I can't review anything that I don't actually finish, so for the past few weeks I've forced myself to finish this book, which is (in my opinion) an impressive accomplishment. In truth, I did it for all of you, review readers, in the hope that I can save you from this...disaster. You're welcome. REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS, but hopefully you'll see how bad this was and give up reading it anyway, so you won't care.
Let me start by saying that I have fairly specific but low standards for books. If I like the genre, and there aren't a lot of grammatical errors, I'll likely enjoy (or at least be neutral to) a book. This is the first book I've read in a long time that I strongly disliked, and had to force myself to finish. I'm not generally a harsh critic of anything (this will be my first one star book review) but I've been dying to rant about this book since the first chapter. I'll go through the things that drove me crazy one by one, and I hope that this review will help others to steer clear.
I also wanted to mention that I wasn't really crazy about the first book either (for many of the same reasons), but I gave the series another try by getting the second book because I thought with the characters finally together, the drama would be less infuriating. It's not. It might even be worse. So, for anyone else who tolerated the first book and wants to try again... don't. Just...don't. Again, you're welcome.
The most annoying thing in this book for me was Kiera. I've read hundreds of books, and never have I hated a character like I hate her. She's just...awful. I didn't like her in the first book, and I don't like her in this one. Her endless jealousy (more on that later), constant insecurity, and stupid deceits were primarily the reason it took me so long to finish this book. She'd say, do, or even interior dialogue something stupid, and I'd have to take a break from it to avoid throwing my kindle across the room. I'm at a loss for other synonyms for awful, and I don't know how else to describe her without quoting half over half the book as evidence, so I'll just say that she's infuriating, and I felt like she paints all girls as jealous, dependent, and flat out annoying.
The next most-annoying thing in the book is somewhat related to Kiera's personality - the jealousy. When she and Kellan are alone together (which isn't a lot of the book, since he goes on tour) everything is rainbows and butterflies, but as soon as they're apart or around other people, Kiera doubts absolutely everything. She's with a guy that's literally tattooed the name "Kiera" across his chest, and she still freaks out every another women even glances at him. After the first few chapters, I thought about keeping track of how many times Kiera got jealous about something, but quickly gave up. I would have understood a little jealousy, given the history between them, but it was seriously overdone here, with at least five jealous episodes in every chapter.
***SPOILERS. Another annoyance is how unrealistic some of the drama is. When Anna finds out that she's pregnant, she shoves a bag full of positive pregnancy tests in Kiera's dresser out of denial. That I get. What I don't get is how Kiera completely forgets they're there, and Kellan happens to find them. Yes, they were in his drawer of the dresser, but how do you forget about half a dozen pregnancy tests in your room? They're not exactly sanitary. More faux drama can be found in Kiera's endless circling. She'll be mad or jealous at Kellan, and then she'll find a note or picture that he left her before he went on tour, and then suddenly everything's perfect again. This happens over and over again. She's mad at him, she loves him; she's positive he's cheating on her, she knows they're soul mates. Over and over. This next one could just be because of how opposite I would be, but I felt Kiera's and Denny's relationship was very unrealistic. When he comes back to town, things are awkward at first, but then suddenly they're "best friends" again (they do actually call themselves best friends) and they hug and touch each other again, they eat dinners together, and go to movies together, and PICK OUT BEDROOM FURNITURE TOGETHER... It's just weird. I might understand them being just casual friends, but I think the history between them would be too much for them to be that close.SPOILERS***
Ugh. I could rant about this book for a very long time, but now that I've given you the top points, I'll cut myself off and simply say... this was not a good book. Unless you enjoy endless, pointless drama, or seriously loved the first book, I wouldn't recommend this for anyone. I will not be reading the third installment, because despite a few funny/touching lines and scenarios, this book definitely proves that second chances don't always work out.
As a parting gift, I leave you with my favorite line from the book. This was on page 463, towards the end, when I was getting excited to finally be done with it. I will say the ending was pretty decent. Kiera was actually bearable in the last few pages, and this line refers to her decision to write down her and Kellan's story, complete with the good and the bad. There's more to this sentence (guilt and a smidgen of mature acceptance), but this part of it made me laugh, because it is just so true.
"I figured I would come out of the story as the villain, hated, reviled..." - Kiera's inner dialogue