Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Becky's View: Bang by Lisa McMann

Bang by Lisa McMann
♦publisher: Simon Pulse
♦release date: October 8th, 2013
♦hardcover, 256 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦series: Visions, book 2
  Book 1: Crash (my review)
  Book 3: Gasp (June 3rd, 2014)
♦source: from publisher for honest review
Jules should be happy. She saved a lot of people’s lives and she’s finally with Sawyer, pretty much the guy of her dreams. But the nightmare’s not over, because she somehow managed to pass the psycho vision stuff to Sawyer. Excellent.

Feeling responsible for what he’s going through and knowing that people’s lives are at stake, Jules is determined to help him figure it all out. But Sawyer’s vision is so awful he can barely describe it, much less make sense of it. All he can tell her is there’s a gun, and eleven ear-splitting shots. Bang.

Jules and Sawyer have to work out the details fast, because the visions are getting worse and that means only one thing: time is running out. But every clue they see takes them down the wrong path. If they can’t prevent the vision from happening, lives will be lost. And they may be among the casualties…

Review: Once again, Lisa McMann doesn’t disappoint.  Both books in this series have been fast paced and have a sort of in-your-face feel.  I can’t say this wasn’t also perfect timing for me, because I had just come away from two period-piece books heavy with prim Victorian language and I was so ready for something current and high-energy; this was exactly that and much more.  Jules and Sawyer’s continuing story is hilarious and gripping and touching all at once.  Somehow the terrifying visions that were plaguing Jules in Crash have now taken hold of Sawyer, and they work together to figure out how to stop the disturbing events from taking place. 

Even though I love the romance between Jules & Sawyer, once again my favorite bond to read about is between Jules and her siblings. They really have each other’s backs and make each other stronger, plus their endless banter is just a constant source of laugh out loud moments.  For Jules and Sawyer, so much is screwed up with both their families, that it’s just great to see them carving out their own little close supportive family with just Jules, Sawyer, Trey, and Rowan. 

As I suspected, there will be at least one more coming in this series, and hopefully we’ll get to find out why the visions are passed on the way they are.  Is it because they are in love? Did it pass to Sawyer because he was saved by the last vision?  And there was just an inkling of a hint that Jules’ father may be having them, too.  A few unanswered questions but still an incredibly gripping, electrifying, and emotional story. 

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  1. Great review :D I'm glad you mostly loved this sequel. <3 I have yet to read book one, but I own both, and I'm so excited to read them :)

  2. Excited for this one!

  3. I'm glad that you loved the sequel as much as I did! I'm really excited to see how she ties everything up in Gasp, though. I have so many unanswered questions burning inside me! Haha, overrall great review! :)