Saturday, March 22, 2014

Vengeance by Megan Miranda

Series: Fracture (bk. 2)

Genera(s): Paranormal Romance/Horror

Subjects: supernatural, death, psychic ability, curses, mystery, love

Setting: Maine, Falcon Lake

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, past tense: Decker

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 342 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: Bloomsbury: Walker

Summary/ product description: “Nobody really believes in a curse. Until you know the people who disappear. Too much coincidence, you look for reason. Too much death, you grasp for something to blame. Carson pulled Delaney out and he died on the side of the road with her mouth pressed to his. Her air in his body. Troy. She told the cops it was suicide. Didn't matter. The lake released her and grabbed another. But when Decker's father dies in a pool of spilled water on their kitchen floor, all Decker can feel is a slow burning rage. Because he knows that Delaney knew that his dad was going to die. She knew and backed out of his house and never said a word. Falcon Lake still has a hold on them both, and Decker can't forgive Delaney until he knows why.”

My Review:  This book was a pretty interesting sequel. I think I liked Fracture better though. I preferred Delany’s perspective, but this book definitely had more chill and thrills that I remember the first book having. It definitely upped the creep-factor of Falcon Lake. The town thinks that Falcon Lake is cursed and there have been a lot of deaths connected to it.

Dekker is angry about the death of his dad for most of the book and blames it on Delany since she knew he was going to die. Dekker’s narration seemed a bit whiny and angst most of the book. He was always thinking about Delany and how much he wanted her even if she kept this from him. Dekker acts like a jerk, and I hate that. He shouldn’t treat Delany like that. It would have been so much better from her perspective of rotating perspectives.

The side characters played some important roles in the story, though not all of them seemed developed. Maya became Delany’s friend in the previous book. Kevin and Justin are Dekker’s friends. Janna, Tara and a few other characters play important roles too.

My favorite thing about these books is probably the setting and the atmosphere. It’s set in northern Maine. I’ve read a lot of YA books set in Maine, most of them paranormal. There’s a mystery and a lot of suspense. There’s strange and mysterious event and it leaves you with a lot of questions.

I did not see the ending coming. I kind of wish that there was some big paranormal element to be discovered, but the ending was pretty exciting and left possibility for a third book, but it also wraps up the story well. This could easily just be a duology. I recommend this book if you enjoyed other paranormal romance books or books set in Maine. If you liked: Siren by Tricia Rayburn, Need by Carrie Jones, Revel by Maurissa Guibord, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke, Dead River by Cyn Balog,  or Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.

Cover Art Review: The cover is simple and creepy. The lake is foggy blue. I like the title’s typeface.

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