Summary Via Goodreads:
“Forgetting who you are, your ambitions, your passions is crippling….but remembering – embracing your purpose with a new sense of determination is more than empowering….it’s life altering. Charlie Myers is on a life altering path that will cause the dammed to humble in silence.
One night…just a few friends, how could it go so wrong? That was the question seventeen year old Charlie Myers was asking when she found herself in the ER. Outwardly nothing was wrong with Charlie, she was a vision of perfect heath, internally she was battling a raging headache…one the doctor told her she would overcome shortly, but Charlie knew something else was wrong …very wrong.
Part of her had been stolen…she was missing memories. Those memories were sacred. They held the key to her sanity. They told her that the sinister whispers, the shadows that came to life before her were not as ominous as she felt they were. They held the bond with her late father, a famed musician. They caused her to forget the one talent that allowed her to face the darkness that haunted her every waking hour. They also masked a much deeper bond, the face of the one that had stolen her heart, long before the age of seventeen.
Sitting in the ER with her angry mother she couldn’t figure out what she was missing, or even how. Her thoughts told her that she needed to protect Britain, a friend of hers, but that didn’t make any sense – Britain didn’t need to be protected from anyone, he was strong, young, and absurdly wealthy. Charlie also knew that even though her friend Bianca called Charlie her best friend, she didn’t trust her …she was almost sure she despised her, but she couldn’t figure out why, or understand how random thoughts were telling her that she adored both Britain and Bianca – that they were her saviors – that they brought silence to the unstoppable whispers, but the silence scared Charlie. In her mind anyone or anything that could bring silence to something that dark could not be good.
Charlie wanted to stay in NY, figure out what she was missing, why, and who was behind it all, but her mother had other plans. Against her will, Charlie was sent to Salem to live with her sister, within that small town Charlie found her memories and so much more.
Her story begins now.”
My Review: This got a 2 out of 5 stars from me (note two stars means i thought it was okay, not that i hated it)
Alright first few things I need to say before I start this review, a) This was my first Jamie Magee book, I never read the Insight Series, I have the first one just never read it, i don’t know if that effects ANYTHING at all, from one person’s review i read i think its in the same world but totally different characters, now if that is true i do not know. b) I skimmed the last 25% of the book…hehe i will say why later. But with all that said this wasn’t for me, thats not to say that its not for you, maybe if i had read the insight series first i wouldn’t have been so lost, but i don’t know that for sure.
So I pick a song or two to describe the tone/whatever in the book. This is my choice, i know that at the end of this book there is a playlist, i didn’t look at the playlist to be honest, i saw Godsmack and that was it. But the song i am choosing is a bit different from what i normally pick, this book talks a lot about music, and one of the MCs favorite types of music is rock instrumental without lyrics, well, well, well i do have some of those. And the two i would pick to listen to, to get a “tone”/ “vibe” would be “Noir” by Lights at Sea (its an indie band from my home state, saw them in concert it was pretty sweet), and “Walk With Happiness” by The Best Pessimistic
Alright so i am not going to do first thoughts, i am just going jump into this.
Plot: Alright here is the thing, i loved the concept of the story, that the girl lost some memories, and all that. UNFORTUNATELY i don’t think that it was handled in the best way. On top of the fact that this was done in first person as it was, so we were as clueless as she was. I just sent more than half the book screaming at the other characters. The plot was suffering because no one would help us along in the story until about half way through. Then it all comes out in a rush and i felt totally like a fish out of water, if it wasn’t a new type of paranormal being, or whatever you want to call it, then i think i could have been okay with that, but it wasn’t at least for me it wasn’t again this goes back to the Insight thing, i don’t know if they are in the same “world” but if they were it would make a little more sense maybe? i don’t know for sure, but for those who haven’t and it is in the same world, i was totally overwhelmed and lost, and by the time we really did start to explore what they were i had already pretty much threw in the white towel and was done with the book. I think at first it started off really strong, i was into the whole mystery, what the hell is going on vibe but then it just kept going on and on like that and i was getting frustrated and mad. And it has a lot to do with characters as well, so i am going to move onto them.
Charlie: She is the MC and i liked her. She was the type of character that keeps to herself but she is a little spit-fire well until she meets her old friends that she can’t really remember, its only when she is dealing with the B twins as i started to refer to them as, Bianca and Britain (no they are not related but they are always together, and they are not dating just friends apparently) that she is that spit-fire of a girl. I can see that she is trying to protect her old friends and family near the end when i started to skim. But i had a lot of problems with her as well, for one when she moves back everyone mostly though Draven, keeps saying that he wants “his Charlie back”, well he says “I want my Charlie” and she never once gets insulted by this? I think that you would, i know that i would. i would be pissed as hell. Because she is still, her but she can’t remember things from the past, wish for her memories back but the way he makes it sound, the way they all make it sound is like she is a completely different person (which yes i suppose she is some but still its just wrong) i don’t know how to explain this very well but i just do not like that. And she keeps a lot of things to herself which i understand, and then when she does ask for help, NO ONE EVER HELPS HER. ever. they are like, no you need to find your memories on your own…um how the hell is she suppose to do that? i don’t understand okay…moving on
Draven: He isn’t shy. i hate that he was referred to as shy all the time, he kept to himself there is a difference. Anyways i don’t know if i really cared for him all that much. He kept himself at a distance even from Charlie, and he is the one that kept saying she needed to find her memories on her own, well how is she suppose to when she no one coaxes anything out of her, to help her. you can’t pull out a memory without some sort of stimuli…oh god i am going all psychology-ish …. i am annoyed…wow alright letting that go. i don’t know really honestly he would say some pretty things but its in the actions that you do that you really show your love and his actions were kind of shitty. again it might have changed dramatically in the parts that i skimmed over but in the first 3/4s of the book that is how he was. he was hard to know, hard to like.
Other side characters were just as bad, NO ONE helped her because Draven decided that she needed to do it on her own. i just don’t understand that. i really don’t.
Draven and Charlie’s relationship: well i read in other reviews that it was this beautiful love story, and they were super cute together, but i really didn’t see it. To me – YES TO ME, notice the “M” and the “e”, not you, or anyone else so try not to take my word to heavily – they were very distant with each other, they had moments again where Draven would speak and he did same some very poetic, beautiful things but again there really wasn’t anything there for me. they didn’t seem to have that passion, again maybe it was at the parts that i started to skim that this all emerged but in the parts that i did read word for word, there wasn’t anything for me there. it felt like surface love, which in my book is saying you love each other but there are no actions towards it.
i don’t know i shrug my shoulders at you. this wasn’t for me, i was really liked it at the beginning i was excited, and i haven’t come across a lot of paranormal/fantasy, books that revolve around music which i was really interested in before, because i don’t read a whole lot of contemp fiction, but it didn’t work out for me. Is that to say it won’t work out for you? I don’t know. I think that if you have read Jamie Magee’s stuff before, i would say yes give it a try, if you are still interested but haven’t, maybe look around on other reviews see if anyone says more info about the insight series, and if these two are related by being in the same “World” then maybe check out that one first.
No i am not going to go on in this series unless i decide to go back and read insight, and get some….insight (laughs uncontrollably) on the possible world this is taking place in