Two nightmares. One memory.
“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”
Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.
Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.
Source: Review copy from the author
After all the confusion and non-explanations of the first book, Minutes Before Sunset, I enjoyed this book so much better. Yes, Eric is still brooding on his inescapable fate, but this time he has extra reasons – the girl he fell in love with no longer remembers anything about their romance. And worse, not only is she the great love of his life, but she’s also his biggest weakness. Which isn’t a great start to a relationship when you’re mere months away from a predestined battle to the death. So not only does Eric have excellent reasons for his bad attitude in this book, he’s also much less of an idiot – yay!
Putting aside Eric’s approaching battle, there’s actually a lot less paranormal activity too. With Jessica no longer aware of her Shade side, her side of the story is much more of a tale of angst, love, confusion and those pushy boys that might not yet have crossed a line, but all your instincts are telling you to stay well clear of. Poor Jess, I did feel bad for her in this book, not only because she’s having lots of confusing dreams and nightmares, but she’s also lost her confidence and most of her belief in herself. She’s much quieter now, less likely to argue, and less able to protect herself from people who claim to be her friend, but really can’t be trusted.
Of course she’s also back at square one with Eric without even realising it. Right when she most needs a friend, she’s got Surly Boy back. Except she’s still drawn to him and even though Eric knows he should keep his distance, he just can’t.
Surrounding this sad tale of love, longing and faulty brain wipes is the continuing march towards Eric’s date with destiny. It’s always there in the background whenever he makes an appearance. His whole life is now geared towards his forthcoming birthday when he’ll fight the Light. But there’s still a lot of secrecy involved, about who he might face, keeping his own identity a secret, how he can possibly protect those he cares for and just where and how Jess fits into it all. Though this is mostly a transition book between the first and the final parts of this series, it definitely felt like a strong build-up towards the end. The pacing is good, the story is interesting and I just wanted to know who would find out – or figure out – what next.
Ramping up both the tension and the romantic angst, while dropping a few more hints and world-building clues along the way, this is a great second part to this series.
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