Tuesday, November 8, 2016

ARC Review: Forget Me Always (Lovely Vicious #2) by Sara Wolf

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
250 Pages

All warfare is deception. Even in high school.

It’s been nineteen days since Isis Blake forgot about him. The boy she can't quite remember. She's stuck in the hospital with a turban-size bandage on her head, more Jell-o than a human being should ever face, and a tiny bit of localized amnesia. Her only goal? To get out of this place before she becomes a complete nutjob herself.

But as Isis’s memories start to return, she realizes there’s something important there at the edges of her mind. Something that may mean the difference between life and death. Something about Sophia, Jack’s girlfriend.

Jack Hunter—the “Ice Prince”—remembers everything. Remembers Isis's purple hair and her smart-ass mouth. Remembers that for a little while, Isis made him feel human. She made him feel. She burned a hole in the ice…and it's time to freeze back up. Boys like him don't deserve girls like her. Because Jack is dangerous. And that danger might be the only thing protecting her from something far more threatening.

Her past.

Well, I didn't like this one as much as I liked the first one. I don't know, this is a hard series for me to rate. On one hand, I absolutely love the undertones of the plot that the author sneaks in there. And then there's the snark, and if you know anything about me, you know that I love love love snark. But then there's the story itself and the snark overload to the point that I just want Isis to shut up. Ughhh...so frustrating.
Forget Me Always begins with Isis having selective amnesia. She remembers everything about her past except anything surrounding Jack. It's almost like her brain was just like, 'nope, not going there'. While in the hospital, Isis befriends the mysterious Sophie and the events surrounding Jack's past all start to fall into place.

For a work of contemporary fiction to make sense, the events in the book need to seem as if they would happen in real life. They need to be believable actions. Most of what happened in this book just didn't seem plausible and that alone kept taking me out of the story. It was drama with a capitol D. There were too many subplots that when tied together either left so much information out that it didn't make sense or just jumbled up together and were forgotten. It's almost like Wolf forgot what story she wanted to tell: love, mystery, self-actualization, comedy...

But again, what kept me going and what I loved from the first book is Isis's pain. Not in the way of, I want her to hurt forever. But more in the way of how constant bullying and torment can take effect on a person. I want to see her heal and that's the story that I am interested in. To stop putting up this comedic front because that's not who she is. Yes, I do believe that Isis has snark and humor within her, but the way it's showcased now is very much obviously a front.

The one thing Wolf does exceptionally well is write emotional pain. You almost don't see it in the first book because of the humor, but it makes its presence known here in the second. With all of our characters heading out to college, I'm interested in knowing how all of the events in book 2 will effect each of them and how will they heal. Will they heal?

Book two's always tend to be the bridge from here to there in a trilogy. Well, this one kept me interested so I guess it did it's job.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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