Summary via Goodreads: “sweet adjective ˈswēt a : pleasing to the mind or feelings : AGREEABLE, GRATIFYING – often used as a generalized term of approval
obliv·i·on noun ə-ˈbli-vē-ən, ō-, ä- 1: the fact or condition of forgetting or having forgotten; esp : the condition of being oblivious 2: the condition or state of being forgotten or unknown
Have you ever wanted to forget? Nariella Woodlinn has. Many times. Especially when her already frustrating life gets turned upside down by a mysterious boy who randomly shows up in her small town and she can’t seem to understand anything about him, despite how much she tries.
Nari hates everything about her life except for her best friend Rydan, but now that they’ve been separated during their senior year of high school, she has to learn to make new friends without him. When strange unexplainable phenomenons start becoming an every day part of her life, Nari struggles to come to grips with reality. And with love.
Naminé has responsibilities. Duties. It is her obligation to fulfill all that is asked of her by their King. But when a glimmer of hope is introduced to her by a prisoner she tends to and it means life or death for her and her people, she does all that she can to turn that hope into reality and finally end the vicious war that has been ensuing since she was born. Even if that means keeping it secret from her King. Even if it means carrying out the biggest betrayal against the King ever seen during her time.
She has hope. She will fulfill her duty. She will not let her people down.”
My Review: (This got a 3 out of 5 stars from me)
Okay i am going to try to get through this review without yelling at the main character too much, but it is going to be as task so be warned.
So to keep with tradition of my reviews, i need to find you a song to or two to “assign” to some aspect of the book. First and foremost “Damage in Your Heart” by Weezer, i love Weezer. and just to be original “Face Down” by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus which is describing her relationship with her step/foster father?
Um first quick thoughts, if you are thinking that you will get a nice, equal amounts of time between the two MCs you are mistaken, and i a struggle with this point because i actually like Nari’s story a lot more than i did about Naminé – yeah both N names, with four letters, ending in “i” that won’t get confusing….so anyways for me that wasn’t a totally huge issue because both have a “fantasy”, “paranormal” aspect to them so i was okay with it. Actually one of my big issues when i started reading this was that i was concerned about the two different plots running along with each other, and i wanted to know when/if they would collide, well i will tell you they do…sort of. But i won’t tell you when, i know i am cruel like that. Okay so the plot for the most part i liked and i think that is what kept me going quite honestly. So…yup moving on
Plot: Okay since there were two MCs and telling through their POVs this is going to be a bit weird…
Nari’s (i don’t remember how to spell her whole name) plot: This was the one that i was more interested in, but god, this is going to be difficult, okay so i am going to do Naminé’s first so forget this…
Naminé’s plot: The book was more gear towards Nari. Naminé’s chapters at longest were like two pages? maybe? There was a lot of new information that wasn’t explained until much, much later and very vaguely, which bothered me and i also understand that its not the most simplest thing to just plug in info for no good reason but if we spent more time in Naminé’s world, and learned more about what is going on there i think it could have happened, and quite frankly i am wondering how it will effect the second book. But really Naminé’s plot was vague at best, and nonexistent at worst.
Now Nari’s: Like i said before twice already, i liked her plot line more, but it could be because i had a chance to “connect with her” and i am going to go stick with that statement because she is a good source of my anger. but i will get to that later. This is about the plot. I enjoyed it, i am a sick, sick, twisted, sadistic person, if you have ever read any of my reviews before you would know this i say it almost all of the time, anyways so with that said i love characters that come from broken homes. Unfortunately this book at times just didn’t go as far as it could have. I wanted it to take that extra step, and this goes for about everything. The relationship between the love interest included, because it was like hot and heavy sometimes but would be quickly dampened and honestly the book was acting like a tease sometimes. Anyways letting that go, there are two Aussies introduced in the beginning of the book and when i read about them in other people’s reviews i was thinking they had something do with all this paranormal/fantasy stuff, nope. At least not that i know of, they just felt like extra characters that weren’t entirely needed to be introduced, i do not know let me think about that for a bit longer. Anyways!!! back to the plot again. Oh there was suspense, and cliffhanger chapters that i adored! and there were many scenes that i was head over heels for – both the like “evil” bad-guy scenes, and kissykissy scenes. Mostly my anger roots within the characters so let me tell you all about it!
Naminé: first again because this is all i can say about her. I don’t know her. I know what she is, i know she has dreams, a friend that is a prisoner, and that is about it.
Nari: ANNNNNNDDDDD here are where my problems begin. Like i have mentioned i like characters that come from broken families, well when i imagine these characters, she doesn’t quite fit the bill, at times in the beginning she is just tooo cheery for my likings considering where she comes from, also she seems kinda of bold? with Ray – abusive foster father – and he doesn’t react the way that i would assume, i think we have just a few violent scenes between them, and i get it verbal abuse is used too, so okay that isn’t my biggest issues but it is up there. My BIGGEST FREAKING ISSUE is the fact that we cannot go one chapter without knowing how Nari has sworn off all men, and she will never allow herself to be romantically involved, or love them, even when she is with a guy. Yup you heard me right, well read it right…you get the point. BOTHERED THE HELL OUT OF ME. that is why there are so many angry GIFs through my progress of this book. I was ready to jump into the book and punch her in the baby maker, then maybe i don’t know kill her? if she said it one more time, and she did. so now that i finally got to yell about that, oh wait i might not be done…no i am okay…i think i hold no promises i might rant again later. I just, i don’t know her character didn’t fit quite well with her situation and that is what bothered me i think the most. She is loyal i will give her that.
Mycah? i don’t remember how to spell it: Love interest. And all around hottie, with ENGLISH ACCENT! He has quite a few secrets this one. Anyways he is sort of aloof and i was wondering his feelings at first but i could obviously see that he cared for Nari even if she is fu…*and i breathe in, breath out trying not to think of it* anyways. He is sort of amazingly awesome and i really like him. But he has secrets that i cannot talk about, but he is worth the read at least i think so.
Rydan: Is the best friend who abandons Nari at school for the senior year, he too is aloof, and he kinda pisses me off a lot, and it pisses me off how accommodating Nari is for him. Like if she starts to demand to know things about her friend of blah, blah amount of years, because she has trusted him completely with hers, but when he gets pissed she takes it all back? You’re fucking kidding me right? Seriously? i would have beat that kid’s ass that is not fair and that is not how a healthy friendship functions, and i know you are all thinking, well how would you know? I know i am thinking it because i don’t think i have a healthy friendship 😉 anyways so yeah…
The Aussie twins: Um…hmm. Well Nari does stupidass shit with the girl twin, tells her things she shouldn’t but who am i to judge. I don’t know how much i think that they were needed for the story honestly. I just felt like they were there to help the plot move towards certain ways but they didn’t have to be Aussies and they didn’t have to be new characters either, but i suppose i understand the new students thing. But i am going to lump Liam in there too, unnecessary.
Ray Foster Father, there for a little bit, and just doesn’t take things as far as i think they could have, and i will admit he does some real asshole shit, like the first scene with him i wanted to punch him in the babymaker and make sure that he thinks twice about doing anything. But he disappears so there is that…i mean he still “around” but we don’t really see him anymore after Mycah comes into the picture.
Alright so the ending: well A WHOLE LOT happens, and that isn’t to say nothing happens in the beginning because it does, and it is very interesting and kept me at the edge of my seat – like i said i liked the plot of this book – anyways even more happens in the last few chapters, and mother facker i hate cliffhangers, and this is a cliffhanger so there you have it. So if you are wondering yes i probably will be reading the second one i am hoping against hope that i won’t have to hear the same three lines from Nari at least twice in the same chapter….
My last piece of advice, is that overall, i liked the idea, and i wanted to love the characters but i could at best like them because they annoyed me. well Nari and Rydan annoyed me, and a little bit of Naminé did but since we didn’t know anything about her i can’t say that honestly now can i? The plot is worth it, i liked the idea that it is was presenting and i look forward to what the next book has to offer.