Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fade review


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 breaks 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.... 

My thoughts: It’s something about Wake and Fade’s simple writing that compels me to read each Dream Catcher book as quickly as possible. If it had been any other author conveying Janie’s story like this I’d probably say it was too young and childish. But the way this Lisa McMann does it makes the books seem real and honest.

I love how Cabel and Janie’s relationship is intense in a way that makes me think of both supernatural and contemporary couples. With Janie’s abilities, there is a supernatural aspect to the story that makes the love seem more special, and for lack or a better term more needed. But they’re still in a contemporary like setting. So there aren’t vampires and faeries, or lives at risk (in the same way) because of love. 

On top of the great characters, this book’s undercover work revolves around finding a sexual predator, which was such a realistic concept. I admit that I didn’t look at parties or grown men the same way for a few days, but the author included information that I either never thought about or at least didn’t know too much about.

Also, the main reason besides Cabel and Janie’s relationship that’s making me excited for the last book of this series is that things get more serious with Janie’s abilities. There are some things she finds out that will affect her in the present and the future for the better and possibly for the worst. I can’t wait to see how she decides to live with this new information in Gone.

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