All warfare is deception. Even in high school.
It’s been three years, twenty-five weeks, and five days since Isis Blake fell in love, and if she has it her way, it’ll stretch into infinity. Since then, she’s punched Jack Hunter—
her nemesis-turned-maybe-something-more—in the face, survived a brutal attack by her mom’s abusive ex thanks to Jack’s heroics, and then promptly forgotten all about him.
The one bright spot for Isis is Sophia, the ephemeral girl who shares Isis’s hospital stay as well as a murky past with Jack. But as Isis’s memories return, she finds it harder and
harder to resist what she felt for Jack, and Jack finds it impossible to stay away from the only girl who’s ever melted the ice around his heart.
As the dark secrets surrounding Sophia emerge, Isis realizes Jack isn’t who she thought he was. He’s dangerous. But when Isis starts receiving terrifying emails from an
anonymous source, that danger might be the only thing protecting her from something far more threatening.
So. Much. Happened. Here.
…and yet we’re kind of left where book one (Love Me Never–my review is here) left us, in the end. Well, kind of, but not really. I mean, all kinds of craziness happened–we learned some major secrets, something huge happened with a pretty significant character (I saw it coming, but it still has me trying to decide which of the many, many emotions it’s sparked in me is #1, even hours later), friendships were repaired and then torn apart again, Leo had his trial…and Jack and Isis still aren’t together in the end. Again.
I need book #3 (Remember Me Forever), like, now. But I guess I’ll wait until May. Since I have to, and all.
Reading book #1 before this one is an absolute must–this is definitely not a standalone. Really, I recommend reading these two books fairly close together, because there was so much that I just couldn’t *quite* remember from book one–I could definitely have used the crib notes version a few times, especially in the beginning. If I’d had access to Love Me Never while reading, I would have been going back and refreshing my memory on a lot of details–but I didn’t, because I’d already given it to Mini Moe #2 to read, which means now it could be anywhere in her room. Or in the house, really. Or even her locker. Anywhere.
It definitely helped me to connect more with Isis’s character, at least, with the whole there’s-holes-in-my-memory bit. I remembered most of it in the end, I think–the gist, if not the exact details.
And now I’ve got to wait for book 3. Sigh.
(And I really do recommend waiting, even though the entire series was previously published. Glancing over reviews of the first versions, there’s been a lot added here, because these two are definitely novel length now. So sure, it’s tempting to go out and find the first book three, but I’d have to read the new one when it comes out anyway, so I’m going to wait. I know Ms. Wolf will make it worth my while.)
Rating: 4 stars / B+
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.