Monday, June 4, 2012

Review: Surrender (Possession #2) By Elana Johnson

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  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Pages: 480
  • Source: ARC from publisher for review
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Overview

Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque...


My Thoughts

This book was just as fantastic as the first one, if not more. I absolutely loved it!! Raine and Gunner are fantastic characters with so much depth to them.I really enjoyed getting to know them and some of the other new characters we get introduced to. No worries, we still get Vi and Jag too. This is pretty fabulously action packed. Also very emotionally intense at times too. I was so engaged in this book, I didn't have a clue (or care) what was going on around me while I was reading.

I will start off with Raine. She is daughter of Van Hightower, the Director. She has a super powerful talent and is also part of the Insiders. She is basically working against her father. He is a pretty scary guy!! She is supposed to watch over Vi and report everything that Vi says or does. She is also not allowed to tell Vi anything or ask specific things like what colors she might like or favorite food. Vi is brainwashed to only like what she is told to. Raine eventually wonders what they are trying to keep Vi from remembering. It has to be something major. I really liked Raine. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to really connect to new characters as well as I had with Vi in Possession, but I was so wrong. I totally connected with the new characters in this one.

Gunner is wanted by Van Hightower. He too has a very powerful talent. Gunner is one of those characters the is just so intriguing you can't help but want to know more and become completely engaged in his story and everything about him. Van Hightower isn't the only one who wants him. He is also wanted by the Insiders. He discovers a lot of secrets and goes through a lot in this book. He is flatmates with Zenn, and he soon discovers there is a whole lot more going on than he could have initially imagined. Gunner is very smart, and very determined. He does what he thinks is the right thing even if it means sacrificing other things that are important too.

The romance is really well done. I really enjoyed Raine and Gunner both wanting something more, but fighting it too. Knowing that it's totally wrong, but sick of being told who they are supposed to be with and every aspect of their lives controlled and mapped out for them. They are both such strong characters and their chemistry was very apparent and believable. The romance is integrated into the story perfectly too. It's not in your face to the point where it takes over. The main story  is still front and center, but their relationship is very important to the story. 

Okay, so I don't really know how to go into the story without saying too much. This book is centering around Gunner and Raine, but Zenn, Jag, and Vi are still very much a big part of it. We are basically continuing on and expanding from the first book. This book steps it up a bit in my opinion. All I can really say is, if you like Possession, you need to read Surrender. I really felt like I was part of this story. I was so sucked into the book. I felt the emotions of the characters. It wasn't like I was just reading the pages of a book. I was experiencing them.

This book was just awesome!! We get more action, more secrets, more twists, and a killer ending!! OMG I was like "What?!! You can't be serious!!" The ending made my mouth drop and I am DYING  for the next book. Totally need it!!! I feel like this review was so lame, but I can't do justice to the book and I doubt you want me to ramble on and gush. All I can say about it really is, do yourself a favor and get this book ASAP. It's so good!! 5 out of 5 stars.

19 comments:

  1. yay I just got the 1st book of this series (5$ dude!!) and S&S sent me this one a few weeks ago. Me thinks it's awesome! Gunner sounds mysteriously yummy! And the romance perfectly balanced. Plus - if you gave it a 5 it's almost a guaranteed 4 at the least for me. :D Great review Amypoo!

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    1. Awww thanks chick!! I thought about it for a week before I even wrote the review, so it was not am impulsive 5, it's a solid 5. :) I really loved it. There is so much going on in it, but it never feels overwhelming.

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  2. I keep thinking that I should pick up Possession, after your review? I'm sure I need them both! It sounds like the type of book I'd really love.

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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    1. These books are amazing!! I really recommend them to everyone!!

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  3. YAY!!! I totally agree doll! Surrender was AMAZING! It was insane and completely consuming!

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    1. I was seriously in my own little world when reading it. I was completely absorbed in the book!! I can't wait to see what comes next!!!

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  4. How absolutely awesome to hear that you loved it even more as the first one! I still need to read my ARC (ugh, the contemporary month!), but I am definitely flipping excited for it! I scored Possession while back in hardcover at local BMV for only 5 bucks and I can't tell you how happy I was - this series is on top of my TBR! Thanks so much for your fabulous review, Amy! :)

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    1. I really hope you love it. I was totally into it to the point that things going on around me didn't matter lol!!! I love when a book can do that to me. How awesome that you got Possession for $5. I saw a few blogs this week that got it for that. All of you lucky Canadians haha!!

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    2. I know, right?! What a score! :) And in hardcover, too! (although I must say the paperback looks absolutely delicious, too!).
      I will make sure to stalk you up after I read both books, we must discuss!

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    3. Definitely!! I love being able to actually discuss books with people!!

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  5. Ditto! This book was absolutely amazing]. I loved how flawlessly Raine and Gunner's story seemed to extend Vi/Zenn/Jag's story without overpowering or relying on it. I felt like Surrender really stepped it up a notch. :)

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    1. Definitely. Flawless is exactly the word I was trying to think of haha!! The writing is just amazing and everything just fits and works.

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  6. I heard about this series from Giselle last week, it sounds really good. Unfortunately they didn't have any of them left when I went to go and grab the first book. Great review love! I'll be reading these soon!

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    1. I hope that when you get to this series you enjoy it!! I think they are fabulous books!!

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  7. I've never heard of this one. Going to look on GR now! Thanks for the review!

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    1. It's a really great series. Possession is the first one.

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  8. Eeek! I had to skim this when I remembered that I never read Possession! I'm glad you lived Surrender even more!

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    1. Possession was awesome too. It's a great series so far!!

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  9. I need to get my hands on the series. I like the storyline of the first one and knowing that the second one is good make me wanna run to my bookstore in the middle of the night.

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