From the New Adult sensation and New York Times bestselling author of Until You
Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…
For the two years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.
I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game…
Two years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.
But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me….
I fell in love with this series after I finished reading Bully despite my initial apprehension when it came to this series. This series pushed me to do at least two things I do not do, ever. The first was reading about something I feel very strongly about and the second, reading sequels that were not about the same characters as the first books.
Why do I not usually read books about other characters in the same series? Well, mainly because I become attached to those who were first introduced and I find it difficult to read, especially right after, about someone else, someone close to them, but in this case Madoc made it so, but so easy. Maybe, until now I had not found the right character?
Penelope Douglas created in her book Bully a supporting character that you simply cannot help but love. Madoc is a huge teddy bear, as one of my friends would say. He seems scary and big at first and your usual spoiled, entitled teenage jerk, but he has a heart of gold and would be willing to give everything up to help a friend in need. He is loyal to a fault, but also smart enough to prevent his friends, especially Jared, from committing mistakes. That is why when I saw there was a book about him that would allow me to get to know him better as a person and not just as Jared’s friend, I knew I had to read it.
Fallon is an amazing, strong, badass girl. Seriously, NA literature needs more girls/women like her. She is one character which, from what I can recall, has not been mentioned before at all. The book covers her backstory in enough detail to understand her and to get to know her as the heroine of the novel. What is clear though is that she is a fighter, like the rest of them, and had to endure a lot of pain and suffering her whole life and that is what makes her fit in with the rest, not taking into account her ties to Madoc.
What makes this book special? Well, besides the main plot created around Madoc and Fallon’s story we also see how Jared’s relationship with Tate progresses and how they adjust to their new life now that they went from being best friends to enemies to lovers. We also get to learn more about Jared’s brother which was not as present in the first two novels.
Overall, this was the best book to cross off a first from the list, at least in my case, but it can be read as a standalone if you truly do not care to read the other books. I suggest you do read them, as you have no idea what you are missing out on.
From me: 4/5