Rating: 3.5 Bookworms
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.
Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.
So initially I was totally into this book but somewhere along the way I started losing interest until I was reading just to finish. I think it just became too predictable which I think a lot of books have that problem these days but with this book I felt like I had already read it. Character development was just okay at best and stagnant at its worst. I wanted so badly to love this book because I love Jennifer L. Armentrout but I just couldn’t. As soon as I finished it I picked up another book which is very telling to me because I typically experience book hangovers after reading a good book and I just wasn’t feeling this one.
We see Mallory go from barely able to speak to anyone to eventually giving a speech in front of her speech class. Throughout the book she finds her voice and even though she’s not 100% by the end of the book she still progressed quite a bit. Overall she’s not a very strong character and I think the nickname “Mouse” fits her perfectly.
Rider has a bit more depth to him at least. While Mallory is well aware of her issues thanks to therapists and caring adoptive parents, Rider lives in denial. Although he has escaped the terrible conditions of his and Mallory’s foster home he continues to believe that he’ll amount to nothing. Midway through the book Mallory and Rider switch roles; Mallory goes from being meek to becoming more self-assured and Rider goes from being cocky and confident to unsure of himself and feeling unworthy of love. His journey to finding his self worth kept me going to the end of course I’m a sucker for HEAs.
About the Author:
# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All
the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.