April 19, 2010

Fade (Lisa McMann) Review

Publisher: Simon Pulse (February 10 2009)
Hardcover: 248 pages

For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck. Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open--but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.

Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability. And it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a Dream Catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd even feared... (Source)
FADE, by Lisa McMann, was an intense thriller that explored the twisted minds of criminals and the gifted individual who intends to bring them to justice. McMann truly topped herself in Fade as we delve deeper into the mind of a dream catcher and the life sentence that has been forced upon her.

Once I started this book I could not put it down. Between the characters, case, and exploration of Janie's gift, this book was glued to my hands. This book was a lot darker than Wake. Unspeakable situations are being revealed at Fieldridge High and Janie is once again helping the police solve the crime, along with her secret boyfriend, Cabel.

Janie and Cabel are the most sensational crime-fighting pair. They absolutely adore and accept each other, even with the baggage they both carry. Cabel supports Janie's gift and helps cultivate her powers within dreams. I love them as a couple. They are passionate and understanding, but as this current case continues, the tensions rise within their delicate relationship. I think McMann created such a real relationship with these two. They have real issues and stresses separately that are not always easy to deal with in a relationship. The love that Cabel feels for Janie is unsurmountable but he is overshadowed by his damaging past.

The plot of this book was quite disturbing but straightforward with what can happen in the real world.  I will not give away the story but brace yourself for a bumpy ride.

I enjoyed how Janie dealt with her powers positively. She was aware of all her physical ailments that came with the gift and worked closely with Miss Stubin and Cabel to hone her skills. The whole idea of dream catchers is fascinating to me, and I applaud McMann for her creativity and research in the matter.

This was a great sequel to Wake and I cannot wait to read the final book, Gone.

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