Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, forty-three weeks, and two days. Or so she thinks.
The boy she maybe-sort-of-definitely loved and sort-of-maybe-definitely hated has dropped off the face of the planet in the face of tragedy, leaving a Jack Hunter–shaped hole. Determined to be happy, Isis fills it in with lies and puts on a brave smile for her new life at Ohio State University.
But the smile lasts only until he shows up. The menace from her past—her darkest secret, Nameless—is attending OSU right alongside her. And he’s whispering that he has something Isis wants—something she needs to see to move forward. To move on.
Isis has always been able to pretend everything is okay. But not anymore.
Isis Blake might be good at putting herself back together.
But Jack Hunter is better.
It feels like I was waiting forever for this book and I was so looking forward to reading the conclusion to Isis and Jack’s story.
It opens several months after the funeral and Isis is trying to get on with her life in the wake of Jack’s sudden departure. She moves to college, strikes up some new friendships and is trying to move forward when Nameless shows up on campus. Then Jack makes an appearance and her heart starts to hurt all over again. Jack is battling his feelings and he’s determined to stay away from Isis before he ruins another girl that he loves.
I enjoyed that we got dual POV here and it helped because otherwise, I think I would have done a total U-turn on my feelings for Jack. He’s in a whole world of pain and shutting Isis out from misguided protection, but at least I could understand where it was coming from.
Isis is her usual crazy, nutty self and I loved how she didn’t apologize for that. I felt her fear with Nameless but she was strong and brave in the end confrontation.
When our couple finally admits their feelings the romance was everything I had been hoping for and more. This pair is so perfect together and I loved it!
I love my angst and drama and this book had enough of that to hold my attention. I also adore Sara’s writing style and her prose is great. Without a shadow of a doubt, the best thing about this series are the two mains and the funny witty banter between them. Sometimes Isis behavior was downright cringy but I’ve got to give kudos to Sara for creating a unique, refreshingly different one a kind female heroine. She has her flaws and her strengths and she undergoes great development as the series progresses. Jack is an unlikely male hero in some ways but no less interesting and definitely swoon worthy. Characterization was superb.
However, there were a few issues that stopped me from rating this five stars. The first quarter of the book is very slow moving and not much happens. I’ve been waiting for three books for our couple to get together and they only did at the 77% mark on my kindle – I just didn’t get enough of their romance or enough scenes of them together and the epilogue felt rushed and unsatisfactory. The other issue I have is with the Nameless subplot – it lacked depth and credibility as a result and I think more could’ve been done with it.
In summary, though, this was a stellar conclusion to a fabulous series and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
Thanks to Entangled Teen for providing an ARC of this book, which I have voluntarily reviewed.
Earlier Books in the series
Guest Post Finding Your Voice In Writing by Sara Wolf
The best way to find your writing voice is, in my opinion, writing about something you love. For me it was writing fanfiction of videogames, books, etc that I loved. That really helped me to just write naturally, because the characters were already in my head, and so was the world. So all that was left was my own voice, and I could see it clearly coming through. I guess my recommendation is to write fanfiction, then! It helps to hone your skills and story-telling abilities a ton, especially if you write in a universe you really and truly love. The more you love it, the better your writing/honing will turn out to be!
Another way is to play around with tenses. A lot of people write first person present tense, which is my preferred favorite, but flexing your writing muscles by writing third person past or even the off-the-wall second person are great exercises. Different tenses really push you beyond your comfortable boundaries as a writer, and helps you find what you’re really good at. You can even switch it up in the same book, though you have to be careful about confusing your readers with that advanced move. It’s a delicate balance.
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About the Author:
Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.
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