Forsaken Review

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Title: Forsaken
Author: Keary Taylor
Publisher: CreateSpace
Published: January 11, 2011
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 330
Source: Author

It’s been four months since Alex gave everything to save Jessica. Life should be perfect; she has Alex, she’s been freed of the nightmares, and most of all- she’s alive. But some things have changed, some things haven’t. That’s the problem. Alex still hasn’t asked “the question”. Jessica can’t see the reason why and it’s tearing her apart. He’s keeping something from her.

Alex isn’t the only one who has changed though. Something is different about Jessica but she doesn’t understand what’s happened. She just knows something’s wrong, that she feels different than she used to, on a skin deep level. And it may keep her and Alex apart. Forever.
Jessica's life should be perfect. Alex gave up everything to save her life, and her troubles are over...but are they really? In a world where her reality has been turned on its end, secrets are coming into the open and Cole is determined to show her that these secrets mean something but the past and just how they might change her future. And, despite the hope that Jessica and Alex might just be together forever, something dark is brewing beneath the surface, and it's almost like destiny is coming into play and overriding it all.

Forsaken is the second installment in author, Keary Taylor's, Fall of Angel series. As the sequel to the promising first book, Branded, I went in with high but measured hopes for Forsaken because, let's be honest, series seem to be the way every single author in just about every single genre goes these days. Luckily for us, Forsaken continues its unique twist and take on the angel trend, giving life to a dark and haunting world where angels are every bit as badass as your run-of-the-mill vampire or werewolf, and perhaps moreso than them, too.

What I enjoyed most about Forsaken was the deeper look we got into Cole's past, which I felt was lacking in book one, and was one of the only reasons I lowered my rating for the first book. Delving into the past and seeing how it affected Jessica's future, as well as the future in general, engaged all the characters into this perfectly enmeshed struggle that was exhilarating and nervewracking at the same time. Yes, there were a few grammatical and punctuation errors, but the only real qualm I had with Forsaken was the cliffhanger ending. While yes, the Forsaken read well, it couldn't stand alone, and I have a hard time with that.

Overall though, Forsaken was a great read with a plot that's well-executed with engaging and dynamic characters, as well as a fabulous voice. I give it a strong 4 out of 5, and I'd recommend it to all YA fans, especially those who enjoy paranormal tales involving angels.

I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

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  1. I have Branded but haven't read it yet. I have not read a book with Angels that I enjoyed. I think I might like this series though.

  2. Sounds good :) But eww his back is kind of icky. Yup I am weird ;) Blame it on lack of sleep

  3. I really like it when a series goes deeper into a character introduced in the first book, but I agree with you I always have some trepidation about a second book as I am often disappointed, and I really get frustrated with cliffhangers. I will have to check out Branded and see how it goes before checking out this sequel. Thanks for the review!

  4. I don't have Forsaken yet but I do have Branded on my Kindle. This series sounds really great and i can't wait to start it.

  5. Ooh, interesting. I'm not sure if I should pick this up or not, but it does sound promising. Thanks for the review!

  6. This one sounds good! I haven't read the first book in the series yet. I'm reluctant to start on new 'series' books at the moment because I'm starting to get confused with them all! :D

  7. I'm often wary of angel books, but the Fall of Angel series looks great! It's true that stand-alone books are few and far in between these days, aren't they? I kind of miss them. Anyway, great review and glad you enjoyed it. :)

  8. I haven't heard of this series, but I love Angel books (good thing) so it sounds like it is intersting enough to give it a go. Great Review!


  9. Thanks for the review - I have been awaiting this one! Went out to grab it for the kindle! Happy reading!

  10. Ooo I'm intrigued about this Cole character :) Great review!

  11. I still can't stop staring at the cover - his back and those arms what is going on?! Aside from my cover ADD, excellent review - I need to check out this series!


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