I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
There was more action in the second installment of this series than the first. I finally got to meet the terrible Dr. Fox who has been hunting Trent for the past five years, and he is definitely a deranged villain who I have zero sympathy for.
The relationship between Cassie and Trent hits a few snags in this book. Trent has a real problem with jealousy, and spent too much time stressing over the fact that Cassie had a good relationship with her ex boyfriend. If you read the first book in this series, then you know that Will was a huge jerk to Cassie, but since Trent took it upon himself to change Cassie’s life by going back in time and preventing her from being shot, Cassie was more confident and demanded that Will treat her better in this life so he did. Will is actually a pretty decent guy for most of this book, but his jerk tendencies still show up every now and then.
I didn’t like the way Trent handled his jealousy though. As soon as Cassie remembered him, she dumped Will, who was actually a pretty good boyfriend to her, and ran to tell Trent how much she loved him. Trent should trust that love enough to not let her past have an effect on how he feels. So what if she did things with Will before she remembered her love for Trent. That had nothing to do with him, and she wasn’t cheating on or betraying him!
I do however understand that Trent has abandonment issues and puts way too much pressure on himself to save people. He comes from a place of love not control so his jealousy, while annoying, was not abusive. Once Cassie remembered how she felt about Trent, and the way Will treated her in tan alternate reality, of course she would regret having given so much of herself to Will. I get why Cassie had a problem with it, I just think that Trent needs to learn to have faith in their relationship.
However, Cassie’s relationship with Will is not the only thing that has gone wrong in her life since Trent went back in time and changed things. Her father is obsessed with her becoming a tennis star, and that has put a strain on her whole family. Her parents fight constantly and her little brother is withdrawing into himself more and more. Her relationship with her best friend is also not as strong as it was in the first reality.
I didn’t enjoy the romance in this book as much as the first in the series but the action and science fiction elements were better so I liked both books about the same. The books in this series really pick up in the last few chapters, and I wish that they maintained that quality of action throughout. I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy anything but the last few chapters, but if the author would sprinkle some of that magic that she finds at the end of her novels throughout the rest of the book, I would give them a higher rating.
There was a pretty big cliffhanger at the end of this one. Something very exciting and a little bit scary happened with Cassie, and I am glad that I don’t have to wait long to find out what happens next!
Because of mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up.