Tuesday, March 10, 2009


McMann, Lisa. 2009. (February Pub.) Fade. Simon & Schuster. 248 pages.

Janie sprints through the snowy yards from two streets away and slips quietly through the front door of her house.
And then.
Everything goes black.
She grips her head, cursing her mother under her breath as the whirling kaleidoscope of colors builds and throws her off balance. She bumps against the wall and holds on, and then slowly lowers herself blindly to the floor as her fingers go numb. The last thing she needs is to crack her head open. Again.

Thus begins Fade, the sequel to the widely popular--the bestseller, in fact--Wake. Janie is our dream-catching heroine with the "curse" of falling into other people's dreams. When other people fall asleep around her, she 'falls into' their dreams. Witnesses it all. This as you can imagine is very draining, very awkward, very icky at times. But now Janie is using her 'curse' for good; she's helping the police force out. Working undercover alongside her boyfriend, Cabel. Soon after the book opens, the two are told about a new case they'll be given. A case allegedly involving teachers from their high school having inappropriate relationships with students. There was a tip called into the crime hotline about teachers having sex with students. The lead sounds suspicious to me--as a reader--but this is something they are taking very seriously. Janie, as the young-and-beautiful-one will act as bait. Cabel, her boyfriend, is not happy about that. So a new year, a new semester begins.

Fade is fast-paced, no doubt about it. It's written that way--in present tense. And everywhere you turn, you'll find a fan (or two or three) that just love this series. This one is popular--and it deserves it, it's earned it. The book is all about combining danger and romance and suspense. And that sells.

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Kailana 9:57 AM  

I really like the cover for this book!

Charlotte 3:23 PM  
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Janssen 7:28 PM  

I thought this book was FAR superior to Wake. I really loved it.

Nise' 8:30 PM  

Read some great teasers from Wake and Fade today. Going to check 'em out.

Susan 8:38 PM  

Ok, now I have to get this series! thanks for the review, Becky :-) I've heard of Wake, and so you will be getting some bad blogger points from me soon! lol

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