Sunday, 22 December 2013

There (On the Otherside #2) by Denise Grover Swank

There (On the Otherside, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Julia Phillips’ world is an alternate universe away.

Trapped in a land where government leaders want her dead, Julia is forced to run for her life with Evan and Reece, the two boys who brought her here. They’re on their own in a hostile landscape ruled by scavengers and thieves.

But Evan is battling a deadly infection, and Julia finds herself racing against time as she tries to find the medicine that will save his life. She and Reece find an unlikely ally—Jo, a girl they free after finding her captured in a bandits’ hideout.

As the four travel across the country, Julia has something else to worry about—her memories are slowly being replaced by the Julia of Evan and Reece’s world. Will they find a way to send Julia home before it’s too late? Or will Julia’s body and mind be trapped THERE?

There by Denise Grover Swank

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

There (On the Otherside, #2)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 2 in the ‘On the Otherside’ series, and kicks off where book 1 left off.
Julia, Evan and Reece are on the run, minus the black box, and with little idea of what to do.
Julia keeps experiencing the other Julia’s memories,
and they rescue a kidnapped girl called Jo to try and help them get where they’re going.
Can Julia ever go home? With the other Julia take her over? And which boy will she pick?

I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but this one was a massive let down.

The characters in this second book just annoyed me. Julia annoyed me with her suddenly having the other Julia’s memories, and continuing to string both boys along.
I also found her to be a little callous at times, and she generally just irritated me.

Evan was all self-sacrificing again, and this drove me nuts. He was constantly all ‘I’ll die if it means keeping you safe’, and it just got old.

Reece was like a different person to who he’d been in the first book, but at least he seemed relatively normal. Towards the end though, I got fed up with him too.

We also had the new character of Jo, who I just didn’t trust at all, I was constantly thinking that she was about to turn on them.

The storyline was a bit pants to be honest. There were so many moments that were just really unbelievable, and there were things that happened that went against the things we had been told in the first book, that it got really irritating.

It was like the author had forgotten what she had told us in the first book, especially with regards to the dimension jumping, and had just written an easy solution, rather than sticking with how difficult things should have been.
The romance was also annoying because Julia continued to string along both boys, and when what she was doing was questioned, came out with the time old excuse of ‘it wasn’t me.’.

The ending of this was also pretty poor. After a few more ‘as if’ moments, we had a bit of a bizarre ending, and I wasn’t impressed at all. I don’t know what the author was thinking, but I just felt really disappointed by the whole thing.
Overall; a big disappointment after book 1.
5 out of 10.

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