Thursday, January 27, 2011

BR: Gone

by Lisa McMann
Dream Catcher trilogy; book III

I was never really a fan of this series, but I read the first two and thought might as well find out what happens.

Summary (goodreads):

Janie thought she knew what her future held. And she thought she’d made her peace with it. But she can’t handle dragging Cabel down with her.

She knows he will stay with her, despite what she sees in his dreams. He’s amazing. And she’s a train wreck. Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves: She has to disappear. And it’s going to kill them both.

Then a stranger enters her life — and everything unravels. The future Janie once faced now has an ominous twist, and her choices are more dire than she’d ever thought possible. She alone must decide between the lesser of two evils. And time is running out. . . .

My Expectations: not high, I didn't really expect to love it.

Delivery: I'm kind of ambivalent, I'm glad I finished the series.

Put-down-ability: read in increments at the school library over... say... 4 months? 9/10

My Thoughts

So here ends our journey with Janie and Cabel, and over the span of the three books I never really well, fell for them. Janie in this book is at a Morton's Fork, or as she adequately says "two equally sucky choices". The author really drew out her dilemma and her decisions, focusing almost exclusively on her.

This leads to the fact that the novel lacks plot. In the sense that I can barely find one, there's the simmering on with the "stranger" which is average at best... I was ambivalent on this because the character development is extremely strong, despite my lack of connection with them. Okay, I'm not making much sense, but basically: lots of character development, very little plot, I found everything so-so.

The writing is something that I hated in the first book but it ended up growing on me.. yay. The style and tone is different and very upfront in a way I found myself liking. Oh, and I still don't get Cabel. Honestly, his unselfishness is pretty impressive, I mean, I don't understand his love for Janie, who is pretty much a bitch to him for 80% of the novel. And Janie's alcoholic mother, Dorothea, can go live in Fictionland Hellhole, I hate her.

I did like the way things wrapped up, although it took 200 pages to get there it was an interesting road anyhow. McMann keeps readers guessing until the very end to find out the ultimate choice made my Janie.

Rating in HP Terms: Acceptable
Recommended for: most YA fans looking for an interesting prose + dream catching heroines :)
Acknowledgements: 3.5/5

7.8/10 (see rating system)- because this finale is a nice end to the series that I'm surprised I finished. The lack of plot made things slow-moving but it was interesting to delve far into Janie's mind. I admired the writing style, and while I do wish there was more stuff happening, I thought the author managed to keep a reader wanting to know what finally happens to Janie and Cabe. I understand that this series just really wasn't for me but it has huge appeal to others.

source: library
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  1. I definitely agree with some of the things you said. Not the best, but it was a good end to the series. Thanks for the honest/wonderful review! :)

  2. 7.8 is pretty decent :) I managed to finish the first book but only just barely; maybe the style will eventually grow on me, haha.

    Then again, I thought the first book's lack of plot would be compensated in the sequels, but I guess that's not the case. And Janie is kind of a jerk to Cabel already, so it must get really bad lol.

  3. I have read this series and I agree that Janie and Cabel were not the best couple I have read about and it was not the best trilogy I have read. But I heard they are going to make this movie?

    Heather at

  4. Yeah, I gave up after book one. Just wasn't for me.

  5. What a shame, thanks for the honest review though lovely ;)

  6. Sara- thanks :)

    Linna- haha I don't think I'd rec the rest of the series if the first one wasn't that great.. I hated the first one too :p

    Heather- Yeah.. starring Miley Cyrus I believe. *sigh* not interested..

    Vampires and Tofu- yeah, I understand

    Aly- thanks hun :)

  7. Great review! I really liked this series especially Janine and Caleb but I felt a little let down by the last book.

  8. I still have this one ahead of me. I'm so anxious because I loved Fade but I'm glad to see you weren't completely disappointed.


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