Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
How I Read It: Hard cover purchased by me.
Synopsis: When silence is all that’s left, can the truth finally be heard?
Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tries to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge her mom’s creepy new boyfriend.
But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.
And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.
Then Nora crosses paths with a very sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.
My Review: After reading the first book in this series, I really enjoyed it and was looking forward to the sequel. My opinion of Crescendo was not a good one, and the only thing that was keeping me reading the series was my insane need to know what’s going to happen next. Consequently, my expectations for Silence were not that high.
However, I’m happy to say that this book was a huge improvement over the previous two. Nora has to relearn everything she found out in the first two books, because someone erases the past five months from her memory. Perhaps it’s because she’s a bit older now, so maybe she’s wiser, but I felt like she handled things a lot better this time around. She’s not nearly as jealous, in fact she feels feelings of jealousy at times and pushes them away, realizing there’s a lot more going on than the fact that she doesn’t entirely know where Patch stands with her.
As the reader, we know more about Nora’s past than she does, for much of the book anyway. It makes for an interesting twist, because she meet characters we’re already familiar with – we can see what kind of potential drama they might bring, but Nora has her new perspective and handles them in different ways. I liked this, because even though Nora makes a point to say she wants to find her way back to the old Nora, she is changed and there really isn’t anything she can do about that.
I was surprised by some of the events that happened in this book, and curious to see what the ramifications are for the next book in the series. Nora’s destiny takes a turn for the more interesting, and I definitely want to know what it all ultimately means for her life. Which means I’ll absolutely be picking up the next book when it’s out. Fortunately, this one has given me enough faith that I’ll be willing to buy the book instead of go to the library for it.
I don’t want to spoil any of this book for other readers, but I think fans of this series will enjoy this one. If you liked Crescendo, you’ll probably like this even more, since I thought that one sucked.
Read this book if: Definitely continue reading the series if you started it and managed to get through the second book. If you haven’t picked it up yet, I think there are better YA series out there that you should start with first.
My Rating: 3.5/5 – Two thumbs up, fine holiday fun!