Release Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Firefall Publishing
Sometimes love is meant to be. But sometimes...love is the death of you.... Seventeen-year-old Scarlet has just died. Only, dying isn't unusual for a girl under a centuries old curse that left her semi-immortal. This time, though, she comes back to her current life instead of awaking in a new one, and she realizes the curse is changing. Together with the immortal Archer brothers, Scarlet must piece together her life and try to break the curse before her impending death comes again. - Goodreads.com
Chelsea Fine, what are you doing to me?? As awesome as I thought Anew was, Awry is even more awesome!! Yes, I'm fangirl-ing here, but I can't help it. This was such an awesome sequel to what had already begun as a great series. If you haven't read book one yet, you may not want to read this review, because it will contain book one spoilers.
All those same great characters are back, and so much more. This book picks up exactly where Anew left off, and immediately, I'm sucked right into the Archer brothers' struggle to figure out what to do about Scarlet. I felt so bad for Tristan, who had, obviously, been trying to kill himself to save Scarlet but ended up accidentally killing Scarlet instead when she leaps in front of the arrow to save him from himself. Wow... can anyone doubt how much these two really need to be together? But of course, once Scarlet's back, there's just as much distance between them as always.
One thing I absolutely LOVED about this story was the shift between the present and the past. Chelsea Fine continues with the story in the present with the group still trying to find the Fountain of Youth to save Scarlet, but it flips into the past and simultaneously tells the story of when Scarlet, Tristan and Gabriel first met. Things REALLY begin to make a lot more sense, and it was so great getting to see them fall in love for the first time. I've read this timeframe hopping in other books before and it got very confusing, but Chelsea Fine handles it perfectly and it was one of the most enjoyable things about this story.
Chelsea Fine's flair for storytelling is amazing. You forget you're reading a book. And she certainly knows how to build the tension between characters. The romance was so agonizing to read because you want them to be together but they just can't. It's killing me!!
But again, this was such a unique story, and the sequel definitely lived up to the original. I pretty much devoured it in one sitting. Now there's the long wait for the next book. I can't wait!! This series is so awesome!
If you liked this book, check out the first in the series: