Hello and welcome to a new week, book lovers! Today I'm participating in the blog tour for The Reckoning of Noah Shaw. This book publishes super soon - THIS Tuesday! You still have time to preorder a signed first edition, but you can also win a copy today courtesy of the publisher. Scroll down for details!
About the Book:
The Reckoning of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
Book Two of the Shaw Confessions series
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Summary (from Goodreads):
In this sequel to The Becoming of Noah Shaw, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, legacies are revealed, lies are unraveled, and old alliances are forged. Noah’s reckoning is here.
Noah Shaw wants nothing more than to escape the consequences of his choices.
He’s sure the memories that haunt him are merely proof of a broken heart.
He thinks he can move forward without first confronting his past.
About the Author:
Michelle Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan. She is the author of the Mara Dyer trilogy, including The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Visit her online at MichelleHodkin.com.
(I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.)
I'm actually not going to do my full proper review on account me just having finished the book and probably in spoiler mode at the moment. I will NOT spoil the book for anyone, promise! I'll keep this very general. It's hard though. The first I'll say is that I highly recommend doing a reread of The Becoming of Noah Shaw, and maybe the first trilogy for fun. Rereading the first trilogy isn't necessary - in fact having read the first trilogy at all isn't necessary. But reading it beforehand definitely helps, and you'll enjoy Noah so much more if you read the original trilogy first. Rereading the trilogy before reading this book is something I always recommend but it's not necessary.
Rereading The Becoming of Noah Shaw... to me that's more necessary. I had a loooot of blanks that needed to be filled because it has been so long since I read The Becoming of Noah Shaw, and I haven't read the book since that first read. These books are pretty confusing and intricate upon first read, so it's worth rereading the previous book before reading the next one. I did not reread The Becoming of Noah Shaw and I probably should have.
This second book was very much like its predecessors in that it was strange, a little confusing, and somewhat half-finished - all of which are not bad things! It's an interesting way to write a story, and Hodkin excels at this. Telling half-truths and revealing half-stories and leaving loose ends are all ways Hodkin weaves her tales. I find it bizarre and confusing but also highly effective, especially given that these books are psychological thrillers. This storytelling isn't for everyone though.
This book is seriously dark. There should be trigger warnings for suicidal thoughts and self-harm, at least. I'm not saying the book is "bad" because it has these things, but just be warned! It's a dark book.
The romance is... complicated. For several reasons, but primarily for one big one which I can't mention. But you'll see what I mean. I wish it hadn't been this way, because I LOVE the romance in the previous books - Noah and Mara have crazy great chemistry. This would be the strongest "dislike" I have and it's more of a personal thing. (I'm a needy romance addict!)
OF COURSE this book ends in a cliffhanger! We'll all be in agony until the final book publishes! I'm looking forward to reading it, though I'm already in pain just thinking about it. I hope Hodkin will have it ready for Fall 2019!
Overall I'm satisfied with The Reckoning of Noah Shaw, though I wish there had been more romance. I will definitely need to reread the previous book and then reread this one. But I'm also ready for book three!
Enter to win a hardcover copy of The Reckoning of Noah Shaw, courtesy of the book's publisher! Open to USA residents only. Ends November 30th. Good luck!
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