Title: Unforgivable (Invincible #2)
Author: Amy Reed
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Format: Advance Reading Copy
Source: Provided by the publisher via Edelweiss
In this raw, gut-wrenching, and beautifully written sequel to Invincible, Marcus continues Evie’s story of their intense romance, a la Gayle Forman’s Where She Went, after saving her life only to find his life—and their relationship—falling to pieces.
Marcus knows pain. The kind that swallows you like a black hole. His brother committed suicide, his mother left him, and his dad mostly ignores him. Relief only seems to come from drugs, alcohol, and secret acts of self-destruction.
Until he met Evie. Together, they lived in the moment. They fell in love—hard—creating their own beautiful world. But they each had their own secrets, their own pain, hovering like a thick fog, suffocating them in a world too small to share.
Unforgivable takes off where Invincible left us—with Evie drowning in San Francisco Bay. Marcus finds her just in time, but her survival is not the happy ending he was hoping for. Forbidden from seeing Evie by her parents and unable to reach her, Marcus learns of a pain that might break him completely.
Marcus spirals into an even deeper darkness and is forced by new events to face the demons of his past. The pain of losing Evie becomes tangled with the loss of his mother and brother, and he must finally face the ghosts he has been trying so desperately to outrun or risk losing Evie forever.
I received a digital review copy of this book from HarperCollinsvia Edelweiss for my participation in this blog tour. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
While Invincible was a bit too dramatic and heavy for my taste, Unforgivable makes up for it. This time, the story is told in Marcus’s point of view. Although the story is still full of “heavy” emotions and grief, there’s also something about it that make the readers hold on to a glimmer of hope.
What really stood out for me were the chapters. Marcus’s narrations were told in three ways. There were the “you” chapters then there’s the “here” and “there”. The you chapters were Marcus’s thoughts about Evie. I actually found it poetic and deep and heartfelt. I’m always looking forward for these chapters every time I turn to the next page because of the feelings that bleeds through the book. It’s also told in the 2nd person POV (which is something new for me) and I loved it, it made Marcus’s emotions more raw and personal. On the other hand, the here chapters were about what’s happening in present time and there was more on the past and Marcus’s memories about his brother, David and his family.
The ending was perfect. I love how Marcus picked himself up and saw things in a different light. It wasn’t an easy process and the book as a whole showed his struggles and how it changed him. It’s a great conclusion to Evie and Marcus’s story.
All in all, Unforgivable is an emotional book that just hits the spot with its poetic writing. It’s a beautiful book about letting go and looking in to hope.
Amy Reed was born and raised in and around Seattle, where she attended a total of eight schools by the time she was eighteen. Constant moving taught her to be restless and being an only child made her imagination do funny things. After a brief stint at Reed College (no relation), she moved to San Francisco and spent the next several years serving coffee and getting into trouble. She eventually graduated from film school, promptly decided she wanted nothing to do with filmmaking, returned to her original and impractical love of writing, and earned her MFA from New College of California. Her short work has been published in journals such as Kitchen Sink, Contrary, and Fiction. Amy currently lives in Oakland with her husband and two cats, and has accepted that Northern California has replaced the Pacific Northwest as her home. She is no longer restless. Find out more at amyreedfiction.com.