Friday, July 5, 2013

Review: Gone by Lisa McMann

Gone (Dream Catcher #3) by Lisa McMann
Synopsis (Goodreads):
Janie thought she knew what her future held. And she thought she’d made her peace with it. But she can’t handle dragging Cabel down with her. She knows he will stay with her, despite what she sees in his dreams. He’s amazing. And she’s a train wreck. Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves—she has to disappear. And it’s going to kill them both.

Then a stranger enters her life--and everything unravels. The future Janie once faced now has an ominous twist, and her choices are more dire than she’d ever thought possible. She alone must decide between the lesser of two evils. And time is running out....
My Thoughts: This entire series is sort of bittersweet, isn't it? Things DO NOT go smoothly for poor Janie no matter what she does. Even when things go right and everything seems peachy keen, something twists around to throw her world on its ear.

While I can appreciate that Janie doesn't have a whole lot of confidence in herself with the way she's grown up, there were times when I wanted to give her a good hard shake. Her doubt over Cabe's feelings for her was tough to read. The poor girl can't see what he sees in her. She's all tangled up inside and it makes it very hard for her to envision a future where Cabe is happy with the way things will end up. Quite honestly, Cabe shows a lot of patience with her and her fears. He stands beside her when she's trying her hardest to push him away. He has the courage to say the things that she needs to hear. And if sometimes the things he says came out a little harsh... well, can you blame him. He puts up with a lot.

After a brief internal debate, I think I liked the ending. It wasn't as clear cut as I usually prefer but there's this underlying feeling of hope that maybe, if Janie's willing to roll with the punches, she'll be able to have a semi-normal life. It's never going to be normal-normal because her ability will always be there but there are things she can do that make the bad bearable and sometimes that's all you can ask for in life.

Like I said - bittersweet.

Dream Catcher
1. Wake
1.1. Cabel's Story
2. Fade
3. Gone - Paperback | Kindle

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  1. Hmm. Bittersweet. I don't always like that.

    1. I'll be honest, it worked for the story. Some things are never going to be smooth sailing and Janie's life is one of those things.

  2. I've been putting off this one because I don't want Cabel and Janie's story to end. I really like them as a couple, and I especially like Cabel.

    1. Yeah, it took me a while to convince myself to pick this one up. I was a little afraid of how things were going to turn out. But it worked. It really worked.