Monday, October 19, 2015

Mixed Signals by Alyssa Cole [Review]

 Mixed Signals by Alyssa Cole
Mixed Signals (Off the Grid #3) by Alyssa Cole
Format: ebook
Source: provided by Carina Press through NetGalley
Date read: October 4, 2015

Off the Grid
1. Radio Silence
2. Signal Boost
3. Mixed Signals - Kindle

Alyssa Cole
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Four years after the Flare, the world is finally starting to rebuild

For Maggie Seong, that means leaving the safety of her family's cabin for college. She won't be alone, though—hunky former military cadet Edwin Hernandez, family friend and self-appointed Protector of Maggie's Virtue, will be there. Maggie would much prefer that Edwin himself dispose of her "innocence," but he's already rejected her advances once, and a girl has her pride.

Things look pretty bleak romance-wise until Maggie discovers that Devon, the pre-Flare internet boyfriend she'd assumed was dead, is not only alive but on campus. Despite the passage of time, their bond is strong, and they quickly pick up where they left off. Even as Devon aims for a chance at love IRL—everything Maggie thought she'd wanted—Edwin's desire to protect her makes her question her heart.

Maggie's torn between the future she didn't dare to hope for and the past she can't let go of. And when a group of neo-Luddite terrorists threaten the campus, everyone's loyalties will be tested. To ensure that the world doesn't go back to the dark days following the Flare, Maggie might have to sacrifice it all.
Thoughts on Mixed Signals: This series is SO good. I love that we got to see how quickly the world fell apart and then watch the survivors find a way to piece it back together again as the series progressed. It's not always pretty and there are plenty of bumps in the road, but they're slowly making it work.

Maggie's grown up a lot since the first book. At the same time, she's been very lucky to have her entire family survive the crazy. She was sheltered because of this and being out in the world--even a carefully structured one like the college campus--is a bit of a shock to her system. Throw in a boy she had feelings for before the Flare and the man she's developed a serious crush on since and things get a little complicated.

I really REALLY liked the progression of Edwin and Maggie's friendship. It felt very real and tangled as Maggie tries to ignore the feelings she has for him while Edwin slips between being protective and subtly jealous. I just genuinely liked them together and found myself giving Devon the stink eye whenever he'd pop up and disrupt that.

Simply put, this entire series is fantastic and I've enjoyed every minute of it. The Seong family keeps things interesting as they stumble into relationships while society is trying to recover from a world-changing event. Added bonus: Mama Seong. I like that woman and her unfiltered observations.

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