Review: FADE by Lisa McMann

AUTHOR: Lisa McMann 
GENRE: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
PUBLISHED: January 5, 2010 - 
Simon Pulse 
MY SOURCE: Borrowed from Library


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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....


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.)

More Books by Lisa McMann: 

The Dream Catcher Series:

Book 1: WAKE
Book 2: FADE
Book 3: GONE (Did not review)