11 July 2015

ARC Review - Deadfall

by Anna Carey

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What they say: In the compelling sequel to Blackbird, Anna Carey delivers a gritty and adrenaline-filled story of a girl desperate to escape her mysterious and terrifying assailants. Told in second person, this heart-pounding thriller puts the reader in front of the target.

A week ago, you woke up in Los Angeles with no memory of who you are. The only thing you knew: people are trying to kill you. You put your trust in Ben, but he betrayed you and broke your heart. Now you've escaped to New York City with a boy named Rafe, who says he remembers you from before. But the two of you are not safe. The same people who are after you are tailing Rafe as well. As the chase heats up, your memory starts to return, but your past cannot save you from the terrifying circumstances of your present, or the fact that one wrong move could end this game forever. 

With enemies on every side, and not a reprieve in sight, Deadfall will grab readers and refuse to let go. Perfect for fans of the Maze Runner series and the Legend series.

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I received a copy from Harper360 in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: *Note* As Deadfall is the second book in the duo-logy there may be potential spoilers for Blackbird.

It took me a while to work out how I felt about Deadfall and what I wanted to say about it. This isn't because I didn't like or enjoy the book because I really did. My delay was largely down to processing the different plot direction. This wasn't a bad change but I felt the need to process the events. 

The action picks up right after the big cliffy in Blackbird. Sunny is still in danger from the hunt and is left reeling from Ben's betrayal. She's finally met the boy from her dreams and is on the run in New York.

I have to admit I liked both Ben and Rafe but was both surprised and happy with the direction the potential love triangle went in. Both the books are quite complicated and a lot happens. The action is fast and direct. I really liked this approach as the writing style made me feel as though I was right in there, living the hunt with Sunny.

Do we get answers? Yes mostly. It was nice to be surprised by some of the outcomes. I couldn't help questioning how I would have felt in certain situations and whether I would have reacted differently to Sunny.

I kept hoping there was more to Ben and there really was (don't worry no spoilers here)! As for Rafe I still cannot decide how I felt about everything that happened. 

I did feel the conclusion to the series was the best possible outcome. This statement may seem odd once you've read the book because some of it is really sad. The story is distressing and unexpected at times. It's bittersweet and will remain with me. I would have liked to have seen a longer ending because I just wanted more details about certain events. I appreciated the tone and the manner in which Anna Carey ended Sunny's story - The feels!!! 

4 Stars in my Sky!

Author Spotlight:

Anna Carey has been a gift wrapper, face painter, nanny, horrific cocktail waitress, sofa saleswoman and children's book editor. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she can be found writing, reading, and telling elaborate, only moderately interesting stories about her dog. 

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