AUTHOR:Lisa McMann GENRE:Young Adult,
Paranormal, Fantasy PARANORMAL ELEMENT:Dream
Catching PUBLISHED: January 5, 2010 - Simon Pulse MY SOURCE:Borrowed from
MY RATING: 2
(Courtesy of GoodReads)
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....
After reading this second novel I am
shocked. I liked the first book because of the innocence and curiosity about
the “dream catcher” gift of the main character, Janie. But this second book
really took a reckless turn for the worst. If it were a movie it would be rated
“R” because of all the swearing (serious F-bombs all over) and especially
because of the sexual content and nudity.
That being said, I found this book
interesting only in the fact that she finds out more about her gift. That’s
all. The rest of the story was less than desirable. Janie and Cabel were on a
job to bust a teacher/student sex scandal at their high school. Some of the
stuff could have been less graphic.
I’d have to rate this book as a 2:
Fair: Not quite worth it. It didn’t kill me to read it, although I should have
been doing something else. I was excited to read all the books in this
trilogy, but after this one, I’m a little annoyed. I don’t want it to be like
this book at all! But I do like Janie’s character, and especially Cabel. I am
invested in them and even though they are screwed up. I still want to know what
happens to them.
One other thing that is weird about
these books is the absolute LACK of parents. I am a strong believer in the need
for parents in young adult novels. (Janie’s mother is a drunk and is totally
nonexistent—hate that. Cabel’s absent parents are both are dead. In the first
book, they did a drug bust of one of the parents of the high school kids…
what’s with all the bad parents? There aren’t any who stand as a control group.
Not everyone is screwed up!
This is a young adult/teen novel and for
the record I would totally NOT let my teenager read this book. It’s
uncomfortable enough to read a story about a sex scandal, but about high school
teachers? Over the edge. (Also nudity, sexual content and language.)