Fade - Wake, Bk 2 Author:Lisa McMann SOME NIGHTMARES NEVER END. — 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 br... more »eaks 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....« less
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Again, love the cover, and I think the third book in the series is awesome as well.
This is the second book in the YA series by Lisa McMann. The first was Wake and the third, Gone, will come out 2/9/2010. I think this series is being called the "Dream Catcher Series", but I could be mistaken.
After reading Wake, I had pretty low expectations for this book. Janie and her boyfriend Cabel are now working undercover at the high school to suss out a sexual predator who happens to also be a teacher at their school. Janie is using her new dream powers (she describes it as TiVo - she can pause and pan around the scene in a dream) to help with the investigation.
I thought that this book was a tad better than Wake and rated it at 3.5 stars. It was a very quick read at about 2 hours. I can't stand McMann's writing style. It is full of fragments (not that I am a grammar queen, far from it) and every paragraph. Has sentences. That end. Like. This. So, again, it was extremely choppy. At times, I would look at the dates and a few weeks or a month has gone by and we don't really know what happened during that time. I still have questions, mainly about Janie's relationship with her mother. Is there something more to it, or was it an easy way to allow Janie to come and go as she pleased? If so, not very creative from the author.
I was so glad that this book developed Janie and Cabel more. We know more about her powers, what she can do and the consequences of them. I really like Janie's friend, Carrie, but she was somewhat absent in this book. There is great information about being aware of date rape drugs. If you are uncomfortable with teens drinking and inappropriate sexual relationships, I would skip this one. There were definitely some creepy parts and it was a much darker book than the first.
Overall, it was a little better than okay and I will read Gone. I am interested in seeing where it will take us.
This book starts a little slower than the first book but turns out to be just as good in the end. It's nice to see the darker side of the gift explored more but wished for more detail as Janie and Cabel moved into the sexual phase of their relationship. The encounters with the predators were given so much detail, it would have been nice to balance this with some loving intimacy as well.
I gave this book 2 1/2 stars. In my opinion it was much better than the first but I'm still having a hard time connecting with or feeling anything for the characters other than Cabel and even that is iffy.
A nice second novel. If you haven't read the first one in the wake trilogy then I suggest that you do as you won't understand what is going on this one very well. I wish this book had dealt more with dreams like the first one did. The dreams in this book were few and far between, but at least we did learn more about dream catchers and what goes into their work. This book is a bit more adult as it deals with rape and sexual predators etc. And it sometimes gets a little bit graphic at points. Otherwise still an interesting read, and it will be interesting to see how the last book works out.