Author: Susanne Valenti
Series: Cage of Lies, book 2
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat rating: Slightly warm
Page count and format: 212 pages, Ebook
Expected publication: October 15th, 2015
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In a world she never knew existed, Maya is coming to terms with how much her life has changed. Danger lurks around every corner, nothing is as she expects and she’s never felt so alive. But the choices she makes could change everything and jeopardise the things she cherishes most. There is so much to learn and so much to love but her heart is pulling her back. The Guardians are hiding in the shadow cast by their Wall, concealing the truth from the people inside. It’s a shadow that darkens her happiness and she can’t stop fighting until the truth comes to light. It would be easier to walk away but Maya has never run from anything and she’s not about to start now.
I’m a mushy mess right now after finishing this book. THAT ENDING!! Somebody kill me now! My eyes are strained as I couldn’t put down this book and I read straight 3 hours. It’s already after 2 am. I’m having a hard time forming a coherent sentence, I blame the book. But I couldn’t go off to sleep without writing down my feelings otherwise I think I would drown.
*POSSIBLY CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS.*
Okay, first of all let me start by giving a short synopsis as I usually do. The story starts off from where it was left off. Well, actually a little after 2 months. Maya and Taylor had been training hard. She finally hears about the rescue mission about her parents which are about to start. They all set out on the mission but it’s not easy as hell. With every step they face new difficulties but together all of them strive forward. Finally when they think they’re going to taste success they are betrayed and something far more worse happens that they didn’t even think off.
This book was BAM ON! Right from the start. Usually when it’s the second book, something always manages to go wrong and I don’t love it as much as the first book. But this was totally different in this case. I absolutely fell in love with this book. So much action, adventure and romance, I was filled with excitement throughout the book, it was a hell of an awsome experience. Also, the surprise element was on a roll, I couldn’t guess what was going to happen the next moment and I was kept guessing. Oh and new monsters aside from the Creepers! There was this giant alligator thing that was sucking down the people in the sand and it was terrifying which led to an utter chaos. There was not a single dull moment. There was so much action, I loved the fighting sequences and wanted more. The plot twist was sneakily great, I definitely didn’t expect it, I was left with my hand clasping tightly over my wide open mouth. The romance was more intense in this book, I absolutely loved Coal and Maya together and I SHIP THEM HARD! But I’m pretty much devastated after the ending. And I think I sent an embarrassingly outbursty email to the author. Woopsie!
There were so many new characters introduced in this book. We have Gregor who is a bit clingy, Luka who is irritating, Blane who is actually the lost brother of Coal and Alicia. I loved how this turned out, it was such a great moment when they all realised Blane was alive. Though it was weird reunion after fighting with the Creepers. And also Crystal who had a past with Coal and she definitely didn’t want anyone to forget that. All these character made a contribution to the plot and made it more thick and strong.
I loved Maya. She came out as a kickass and a strong protagonist. She was simply outstanding to me. She handled everything really well and with her sharp mind it was pretty much hard to catch her. I fell in love with Coal, he was pretty awsome and I loved how he was always ready to do anything for his loved ones. The chemistry between them was intense in this book which I definitely loved. Though Taylor was getting on my nerves. He finally regained his senses and couldn’t stand Coal and Maya together, the reason is obvious. But I’m soooo glad there was no love triangle. Maya was absolutely sure about what she wanted which made me love her even more. And I can’t tell how much I adore and love Alicia, she’s a pretty awsome and a kickass character. Laurie and Hunter were great as well. All of them made a hell of an awsome team!
The writing was so, so awsome. It was gripping and descriptive and I could picture everything so clearly it felt I was watching a movie. I pretty much raced throughout the book as something or the other kept happening and it was so hard to stop reading. I had a hard time putting this book down. Honestly, I think this should already be made into a movie which would be pretty awsome! The pace was fast throughout the book, just the way I enjoy it. I absolutely loved how everything was perfectly executed.
Overall, Linked is an awsome book with a great plot and lots of kickass and strong characters. I was kept on an edge throughout the book and I kept guessing as the surprises sprang one by one. It was hard to guess the plot twist, it didn’t even occur to me that something like that could even happen. The writing was descriptive and it was pretty fast paced. There were lots of action and romance that I enjoyed every much. I can’t wait to get on with the next adventure, specially after how it ended. Oh, and I think I will die if I don’t get the third book anytime soon!
Guys, OMG have you started reading this series? If yoy haven’t I strongly suggest you do because it keeps getting better and better. So are you planning to make this your next read? Lemme know your thoughts!