Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Review: Fade, by Lisa McMann

Title: Fade (Dreamcatcher, Book 2)
Author: Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date:
January 5, 2010

Young Adult
Keywords/Themes: crime, dreams, love, paranormal, series.


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....

My Review: I will not, for the sake of everyone's time and opinions on the matter, go back into the rant about the writing style. Everyone has their own thing, I should just except it - even if it does irk me to no end and ultimately make me read a book slower from frustration. Having said that, since I read Wake before this, I knew what I was getting into by continuing with the series - so it was a little easier this time around to get over it.

This book basically picks up where the last book left off. In this one, Janie actually starts working with Cabel's boss to help bust some pretty foul things going on in their school. In the midst of that, Cabel starts to get a little distant as Janie is learning more and more about her abilities. Like all good things, her "gift" comes at a very high price, and Janie's having a very hard time dealing with her fate. Like any girl who has a mission, Janie sucks up her emotions and puts them aside while she goes undercover at her school - as well as slipping into dreams, obviously.

The storyline to this one, in my opinion, was a lot heavier and had more meat to it. While I did enjoy Wake, I thought this one was better for the simple fact that you had more to the story than just Janie going around and getting into peoples' dreams. The relationship between Janie and Cabel grew beautifully throughout the book. It was very believable and I'm also impressed with how the author dealt with the sex issue between the couple in the book - it was more implied than getting too graphic with it. I would have liked to see a little more interaction between Janie and Carrie though, it seemed like Janie was a little too focused on the case. A good friend always makes time for those that have been there for her. ;)

Rating: ! The writing still made me hesitate a little. I'm sure for those that can look past that (probably everyone but me, lol), this would be a super quick and easy read. The plot keeps you hooked to continue to the end. There was definite growth to all the characters, especially when it came to Janie accepting the consequences of her ability AND Caleb accepting her for the way that she was. The ending was wonderful as well. Fade was a wonderful follow-up to Wake.

Source: Public Library.

Other Books By Author: If you haven't, be sure to check out the first book of this series, Wake [my review here]. McMann also has written the third and final installment to the Dream Catcher series, Gone, that was published February 9, 2010.


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