Sunday, December 18, 2016

Review: Forewarned by Holly M. Campbell

Title: Forewarned
Author: Holly M. Campbell
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/YA
Series: The Near Death Series (Book Two)
Publisher: 48fourteen
Format: ebook via KindleUnlimited
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisDeath is not finished with her…

With a little help from her death-seeing boyfriend, Lance Hampton, Hope Murdoch has already defeated fate once. Doing it again—and stopping a serial killer in the making—shouldn’t be too hard…except she hasn’t healed from her last brush with the psychopath, Lance is struggling with his personal demons, and she’s grounded. Tracking down a murderer is not easy when you’re basically under house arrest.

Yet, the seventeen-year-old mind reader isn’t about to let those trifling obstacles slow her down. So what if she has to lie to her parents and sneak out of the house to catch him? She is not the only one in danger.

Once again, Hope is faced with the burden of choosing between saving her own life and the victims starring in Lance’s visions. Getting past her parents’ house alarm is a walk in the dark compared with trying to get a murderer behind bars…or in the ground. With only a few clues to piece together, every path looks like a dead end—literally. 

This time, the cost of changing her future may be too much to bear.

Well, damn... That is NOT how I expected this book to end.

Hope is still trying to figure out the identity of the serial killer who haunts her, day and night. But now that her parents know she is in danger, they are taking their job of keeping her safe to the extreme. Unfortunately, that means she is under their constant watchful eyes and losing her freedoms, one by one. Catching a killer is a little hard to do when you're practically locked inside your home.

Lance can't seem to catch a break. Not only do the police suspect that he had a hand in Claire's abduction but Hope's parents aren't quite as grateful to him for saving Hope as everyone else is. Plus, an overzealous high school reporter is hell bent on uncovering the secrets surrounding the murders. And to make matters even worse, an old girlfriend jumps back into the picture, stirring up feelings he'd rather stay buried.

In all, everything is going to hell in a handbasket with a cherry on top!

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This book felt much like the first one. There are secrets being kept on both sides of the fence, teenage hormones and angst at every turn, and an elusive killer on the loose. For the first 3/4 of the book, I thought we might be getting somewhere in our quest for catching the killer but the plot really doesn't advance as much as I think it should have by now. It's a bummer but hopefully the next book will give some answers.

The ending really took me by surprise. Sure, I expect people to die when you're faced with a serial killer but I was not prepared for the turn of events that happen. I am still a little heartbroken over it. 

In closing...
I liked the first book a bit more than this one but that is probably because of the ending. I am looking forward to the next book and hopefully a happy ending. Four suns!

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