Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Don't Look Back ARC Review


Title: Don't Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pages: 384
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Review Copy: Won ARC from A Book Vacation in exchange for honest review
Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Jennifer is one of my many auto buy authors. To this date I've LOVED all of her books I have read. Then this one came around. I would love to say it's a case of "It's not you, it's me", but alas that is not the case.

I do and don't understand the appeal of characters with amnesia. Mainly because most of the books are about bitchy girls who magically become nice due to the amnesia. Where are the male characters here people! Someone get on this. Ya, it's great to see characters evolve in a book, but reading the same evolution over and over gets boring quickly.

Jennifer brings her own story to this idea of having amnesia. It's what made me want to continue with this story. We have a few twists and a truly amazing Jennifer make out scene. The story itself is great. There's character development, romance, and the mystery around what happened that night.

What I love is that her characters are so well fleshed out, that you could ask her if they prefer M&M's or Smarties, they'd say Skittles and it would still work. They're so well developed and that is one key thing I look for in a character.

Had this been my first amnesia book, I'd say 5 stars all the way. But I'm just seeing too many similarities to previous stories. But don't fret! JLA is still on my auto buy list! Now off I go read about gargoyles.

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