Review – Vengeance by Megan Miranda

Review – Vengeance by Megan MirandaVengeance by Megan Miranda
Series: Fracture #2
Published by Walker Childrens
Published: February 4, 2014
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four-stars

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A little under two years ago I read a debut book called Fracture by an author by Megan Miranda. The book was interesting and mysterious and had great characters. It was real with a hint of paranormal added to it. It was well written, and it was supposed to be standalone. Well, guess what, it wasn’t. Miranda decided to write a sequel and let me tell you, years later that sequel was a great follow-up to a book that could have honestly stood on its own. It had all the same characteristics as Fracture, but there was something more there too.

Vengeance picked up right where Fracture left off with Delaney and Decker a couple and all trying to move on from the events of the year before. Since being trapped under the ice for 11 minutes Delaney has developed the ability to tell when a person is dying. She sensed Carson dying, knew Troy would die and has been pulled to countless others. Decker has known about this ability to a long time and doesn’t look at her as a freak or as a crazy person. She is just the girl he loves, the girl next door. But when Delaney senses something that changes Decker’s life and doesn’t tell him, everything is blown apart. Now separated from the one he loves and trying to pick up the pieces of his life, other things start to happen to Decker and his friends and Delaney showing that maybe the curse of Fallon Lake is real and it is after anyone that helped saved Delaney’s life that winter day.

Vengeance is 100% a character-driven story because this book, series, would have been nothing without these core group. Decker and Delaney were favorites of mine in Fracture and they were favorites of mine in this book. It was fascinating to get to see inside each of their heads and a smart choice by Miranda to back Vengeance be told from Decker’s POV. I think it was important for this story to be mainly about him as it was his story more than Delaney’s. Decker felt a lot of guilt and fear after he nearly lost his best friend and with the tragedy that falls on him in Vengeance it was away from the guilt and anger and fear to be released. Was it always released at the right people? No, but that is what grief can do and I think Miranda wrote that perfectly. I also really liked what we got of Delaney in this book too. Even not being prominent, she was prominent because she was always with Decker no matter what he was doing because she was his everything.

I also really enjoyed the mystery aspect of the story. I’m not going to say it was unpredictable because I pretty much had it figured out pretty early in the story, but I will say I wasn’t a 100% certain I was right until the end so I will give credit for that. The pieces of the mystery fell together and they fell together at a good pace that didn’t overwhelm the reader with information and was a nice break from the heartbreaking romance part of this book. Miranda seemed to really think out the outcome of this mystery and I applaud her for that because, for me, it worked.

I’m sure you are wondering why not 5 stars then if I seem to love it so much? It was close, not gonna lie. It was a book I didn’t want to put down once I got going and I loved the characters like I mentioned. But I do feel like some of it was unfinished. There were some side stories that there was no finality. It left me wanting more, maybe a 3rd book from Delaney and Decker’s POV.

But really Vengeance is a great follow-up that has equal parts romance and mystery with a touch of paranormal. I personally am glad that Miranda decided to continue the story of Decker and Delaney. It was the right call and only enhanced what was already a great foundation. Bravo Ms. Miranda. Bravo!

 

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Second Chance Sunday – Fracture by Megan Miranda

 

Second Chance Sunday – Fracture by Megan MirandaFracture by Megan Miranda
Series: Fracture #1
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Published: January 29th 2013
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four-stars

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

I’m not sure what compelled me to move this up on my to read list. There wasn’t anything that stood out about the book in my memory. It may have been because it was a debut author book that fit into my challenges for the year, or it could have been dumb luck. Whatever the case, I thought it was completely fantastic. I mean there wasn’t anything over the top amazing about the plot that bowled me over or some shocking twist that brought me to my knees. It was simply a great character book.

I flipping loved Delaney and Decker. Simple as that. The two of them brought life to this story that felt real. I could actually feel the push and pull of their relationship and I wanted more. The way things went from being completely easy between them to awkward and strained and then to a thick sexual tension is what had me riveted. They both knew what they wanted but had so much outside stuff getting in the way so it was virtually impossible for them to grab what was just out of reach. Even Troy, who I found insane, and Tara, who was annoying, added to the story of Decker and Delaney and I found myself grateful for them.

There were two things I didn’t like though. The first was Delaney’s mother. She was over the top overbearing and mean. Everything she said she did was out of love, but I thought she was wrong with every decision she made. She was trying to be this amazing parent and really she sucked. She has harsh and abrasive and borderline abusive and that was never really dealt with. I also didn’t like the part towards the end with Janna. I understood her reaction, but that was it, just a reaction with again no follow up. I just didn’t understand the point of including it if there was no plan of a revisit. Just seemed out of place,

Other than those two things I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I actually found myself wishing it were a series. 😀 Can’t wait for more from this author.

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