Friday, March 31, 2017

BOOK REVIEW! UNREST BY WENDY HIGGINS


UNREST (Book 2: The Unknown Series)BY: WENDY HIGGINS

PUBLISHED: February 9th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
PURCHASED: e-book format from Amazon.com

GENRES: Post Apocalypse • Aliens • Fantasy • Science Fiction • New Adult • Romance • Suspense • Action

RATING: 5 STARS

OVERVIEW:
New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins brings you the second book in this thrilling war-torn world... Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse. Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they've been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times. In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that's ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it's revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

REVIEW:
What have you DONE Wendy Higgins!!!! I had to buy e-book of Unrest because bookstore was closed and I DEVOURED the thing in three hours!!! And what did you leave me with? My heart hanging out of my chest until Fall!!! You are evil, Wendy. Brilliant. Creative. But evil. 

Oh, the HUMANITY..... 

Where to begin? How about with 
Amber. At the end of book one (Unknown) we were left with jaws on the floor and drowning in a sea of tissues. (Can't spoil too much for those who haven't read this yet.) Wendy picks up hours after that horrific scene. You have to feel so much for Amber. Anyone who has experienced extreme, sudden loss can definitely empathize with her. What I love about Wendy's writing is how she shoves me into the character's soul. I truly feel as though I AM that character. Let me tell you, it has been a heart shredding experience so far with this series. 


Amber has so much on her heart in the first half of the book. But once they find a safe shelter (can't spoil it with details) she starts to attempt to heal her shattered heart. Rylen also has healing to do. I must say that I wanted to hit him over the head with a 2x4 during certain scenes to knock some sense into that man. Guys can be SO clueless, no?


My heart went out to Tater in this second book. Seriously, if I could have crawled into the book to Mama Squish hug him, I would have. He's just drifting, yet grounded in pain. I hated seeing him turn his heart to stone like that. This book was a fantastic example of how different people express and internalize pain and loss. Wendy really did her homework on the psychology of grieving souls. 


The pacing and storyline was rock solid as you would expect from anything Wendy published. The mystery of the enemy started to be revealed toward the last half of the book, but they still haven't been fully revealed in my mind... which I love. There was enough explained to give some relief but yet I still felt compelled for what was to be learned in book three. That is a tough balancing act for any author and Wendy performed it beautifully. 


Remy started to really develop in Unrest. I loved getting to know her and see her mature as a character. We found out more about her drive and her skills, her determination and her grit.


As for the romance.... let's just say Wendy brought a whole new meaning to mat burn. ;)


Wendy brought her A Game to Unrest. Wit, suspense, thrills, delicious scenes & a cornucopia of FEELINGS that will leave you a puddle on your floor.


Now I will go drown in chocolate for the next 6-8 months.....