Review: Stunned-Sarah Noffke


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“Tears ache in my throat and each time his lips caress mine I’m closer to the dam within me bursting open. He’s undoing me, tearing out my demons with burning strokes of his lips and the salty taste of his mouth. In his arms, I’m changing, becoming anew.”

cooltext1804448395 copyRoya desperately wishes she was above ground, on a sunny patio, watching the lake lap up on the shore. Instead, she finds herself trapped with the Lucidites. Her brother is mysteriously wasting away, and at every turn she finds a new betrayal. Just when she thinks she’s finally escaping the Institute, a new danger unveils itself.

A secret society of Dream Travelers has declared war on the Lucidites by abducting a head official. It’s up to Roya to figure out who’s behind it and how to save everyone she cares about most.

More action packed than its predecessor, Stunned is captivating and will leave audiences squirming from the tension and also begging for more.

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*** I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author 

PROS:

  • The world building and technological advancement is even more detailed than in the first book. The lies, secrets, and mysteries behind the Institute makes it feel more sinister than safe. The uncertainty tarnishes the overall image of what should be a haven for the Lucidites and gives Roya’s apprehension validity.
  • Relationships between characters blossomed into real friendship. The easy ways they interact, their heart felt confessins and how much they care for each other makes it seem like they’ve been friends forever. 
  • Joseph’s transformation is extreme and horrifying. His downward spiral is disheartening and truly alters the dynamics of the story. The light and laughter that was in the Institute is replaced with a seriousness that adds to the threat posed by the Grotte. 
  • The news reporting is so cool. The ability to receive visions of dangerous events that can be fact checked is fascinating and awesome to think about. Roya’s passion is exemplified in her thirst for what it righteous and moral, to save and protect. 
  • George is like a warm, comforting puppy. He’s made of give and take. He understands Roya on a deep level that transcends his abilities as an empath. He gives her space and pushes when he needs to but he never makes Roya doubt his feelings for her. 
  • Roya has grown substantially since the first book. She’s more confident, a leader who doesn’t pale in the face of danger but learns how to fight, protect, and dictate to her friends to confront the deadliest enemies. While shades of jealousy and cattiness do come to the forefront, Roya has a huge heart and is headstrong to a fault. Roya doesn’t always think things through but it’s her risks that define her and save the day.

CONS:

  • Roya’s indecision is mildly annoying and plays back and forth like an endless game of ping pong. 
  • The danger wasn’t quite as suspenseful as I’d expected from the build up. The scenes in the Grotte, while some were seriously action-packed, heart-stopping  and terrifying, others were muted and slow.
  • Roya and Aiden’s chemistry while robust and very sexy lacked a powerful foundation. One minute Roya is confused the next it’s blinding attraction and maybe something more. The shift from one extreme to the other was shocking and felt false compared to the steady build up with George.

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