- Publisher: Entangled Publishing
- Publication date: 12/11/2012
- Source: eARC provided by Entangled Publishing
What if your life wasn’t your own?
Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.
Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?
Okay this is seriously going to be a hard review to write and not give away anything so it's going to be short and sweet. I loved this book and I thought what Cindi Madsen did with this story was really interesting and creative. The outcome wasn't a surprise to me, I had that figured out pretty much right in the beginning, but how it was all unveiled was so good to read!! I loved getting to see Liv slowly uncover the truth as she gets flashes of what she thinks are memories and has very vivid dreams that seem like they are real. But besides Liv being broken, Spencer is too. He not only helps her to find out the truth, but finds a way to start mending his own broken self.
I felt so bad for Liv. She not only had no memories of before the accident at all, but that also means that she literally doesn't know anything from before such as who movie stars or singers are, or even something as simple as what a knock-knock joke is. Despite all of it, she is pretty strong I think. She wants to go to public school even though she's never been before, (or has she?) she wants to fit in, but she won't let anyone walk all over her or be a pushover, and she is strong enough to stand up to her parents when she knows that they are lying. Liv is someone who doesn't know who she is, but is determined to become someone who she wants to me, not who people expect her to be. Then there's the fact that she thinks she might be going crazy because she heard two voices in her head that argue over certain situations. Oh, and she is also pretty funny when she is irritated. I was laughing at a few interactions between her and Spencer.
Spencer is a mystery throughout a lot of the book. He is so aggravating, but also someone you can't help but like. He does act like a jerk, but I knew that he had some major personal issues of his own and that he was doing it to keep people at a distance. He can't seem to push Liv away though, and he doesn't really want to. He feels like he doesn't deserve to be happy so when they get close he does something totally douchy to upset her. It did start to wear on me, but he really is such a great character that I couldn't be mad at him for it. I just wanted to know why he was so broken and help heal him the way he was trying to help Liv.
There's a little bit of romance, the popular crowd with the mean girl, mystery, and a whole lot of tension. I loved how the memories that come out flow so flawlessly into the story. I enjoyed the building relationship and trust that formed between Liv and Spencer. I was so angry with her parents and wanted so badly to find out what they were covering up. (Though I already knew what it was, I wanted to know why and how) I needed to know how it all came out and how the story would end. In the end I really loved how the story wrapped up. It was a fantastic ending that answered all my questions, but still left a little to speculation. I love endings that aren't a set ending wrapped up in a tidy bow. I am looking forward to reading all of Cindi Madsen's future books!!
I normally don't add quotes, but I just loved this one and had to add it to my review:
"It's just sometimes lies look so much like the truth. And when you can't tell between the two, how do you know which one will make you happy? Maybe the lie will make you happier. And if you're happier with the lie, would you really want to know the truth?" pg 290 of 336 eARC
Stop by tomorrow for an interview with Cindi Madsen on my blog tour stop!