Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Book Review: Fade by Lisa McMann

AUTHOR: Lisa McMann
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
SERIES/STANDALONE: Series (Wake, Gone)
PAGES: 248
SOURCE: Bought

Outline:For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck.

Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open -- but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.

Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability -- and it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd feared....

Quick Thought (or not)
I finally got around to reading the second book in the wake trilogy by Lisa McMann, and to say I'm glad that I read it would be a lie. I really, really wanted to enjoy it. I think I had pretty much the same problems with Fade as I did with it's 1st book, Wake.

It was slow, and the build up to the major event in the book didn't really do anything for me. I was looking for some shit to go down, and I know it's a YA book so maybe that's why. 

I thought by reading Fade I would grow to like Janie more as a character, but it just proved that sometimes characters don't really change. Their situations may change a bit, but the personality will always be there. Did I care what happened to Janie? Of course I did I would sound like a cold hearted bitch if I were to say I didn't care what happened at that party, but then again Janie put her own self in the position. If you know you're going somewhere that's putting you in a situation where things could get bad be smart about it.

Cabel was the one character I enjoyed in Wake, and I still enjoyed him in this book. While I think he was being a D-bag when Janie wanted to continue on with the case I could understand his point of view as well.

The ending was definitely the part that I had the most love for, although learning more about what dream catching will do to the person was hard I believe it added to the story.

I just think it gave away to much in the beginning for me to keep my anticipation up. I'm sure you're wondering why I even finished it if I had such a problem with it right?   I have to finish series. It's one of those pesky reader habits of mine. I'm going to end up reading Gone as well. Maybe, just maybe it'll be better?


  1. I am not a YA fan but I loved this trilogy and something about her writing was unique to me. I am glad you finished it. It has been so long now I don't remember much anymore and if I enjoyed Gone as much or more then the first two.

    1. I think if I would have enojyed the characters that maybe the story would have been better for me.

  2. I hate that YA is taking such a rap here. It should be as well-written and the characters as well developed as any category of fiction. If a book isn't, then the writer hasn't delivered, but it's not because it's a YA that that has happened.

    1. I totally agree that it has nothing to do with YA, and I didn't mean for it to sound like I was putting YA down. Trust me I read pretty much nothing but YA, and some of my all time fave books are, but this particular one just didn't have something. I'm not putting the author down either. I know tons who loved this book, and I still have some of her other books to try out. (Cryer's Cross and The Unwanteds)

    2. I think I was being ultra sensitive when I wrote that comment. I'd just been talking to some readers who have a firm belief that YA is only about romance and not worth the time. When I read this post and the first comment above, I said, "Enough." YA can be a crossover category that offers a lot to a wide group of readers. I'd like that word out there.

      Now I'll shut up and go write something. :-)

    3. Oh, no I don't believe it's just about romance. You're completely fine with your comment. Lol. I know you're just saying how you feel. YA is like I said my favorite. I would stick up for it any time. I wrote some post awhile back called why ya..well why not. Because I'm always defending it from my friends that say I should read in my age group.

  3. So exciting and impossible to put down! A quick read, mostly because you'll want to speed through it to find out how it all works out.

    Black Cloud Diesel


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