Friday, February 6, 2015

ARC Review: Blackout by Meredith McCardle ♥ Review

Friday, February 06, 2015

Blackout (Annum Guard #2)
Meredith McCardle
  • Publisher: Skyscape (January 13, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1477827110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477827116
  • Genre: Adventure, Romance
  • Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Nobles
  • Source: Review Copy was sent free of charge courtesy of Kaye Publicity.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicSynopsis: "Seventeen-year-old Amanda Obermann (code name: Iris) has more on her mind than usual. As a member of a covert government organization called the Annum Guard, which travels through time to keep history on track, Iris has been getting some particularly stressful assignments. Plus, Jane Bonner, the Guard’s iron-fisted new leader, seems determined to make life as hard as possible. Thankfully, Iris has Abe (code name: Blue), her boyfriend and fellow Guardian, who listens to her vent—and helps her cope with her mentally ill mother’s increasingly erratic behavior.

When Guardians start to disappear on their assignments, Iris makes a terrifying discovery: a “blackout” squad is targeting anyone who gets in the way of a corrupt force that’s selling out both the Annum Guard’s missions and Guardian lives. Together, Iris and Blue must go undercover to untangle the Guard’s elaborate web of secrets and lies. But when Iris discovers that the terrible truth may involve her own father, a former Guardian undone by his own greed, she must decide how much she’s willing to risk to rescue her friends…and how dangerous the consequences will be for all of humanity. A thrilling time-traveling adventure that spans from Abraham Lincoln’s assassination to the Cuban Missile Crisis and back to the present day, this pulse-pounding sequel to The Eighth Guardian reveals that playing with time can turn into a deadly game."

  • Blackout is the sequel to The Eighth Guardian, it is a fast paced novel that I enjoyed reading beginning to the end. Amanda Obermann is a member of a government organization called the Annum Guard. Later, she discovers a "blackout" squad is killing the guardians who get in the way of a corrupted force that is selling out both the Annum Guard's missions and guardian lives. Sounds interesting so far, so I continued reading.. 

  • Blackout felt more action and deception than character development. However, there was more progression in character development than the previous novel. I hadn't read the previous novel in the series so I was at a disadvantage - I did read the first installment in the series after I had finished the second one though. 
  • Iris(Amanda) is a bit hard-headed, she reminds me of myself, but sometimes I cannot understand her choices. Some of her choices are ridiculous, she defies logic and does what she pleases. I understand she's rebellious and has a mind of her own. Although, I do hope Iris develops more character as the series concludes. I did like the loyalty and bond between Iris and Abe, the romance was intriguing, although, it is not the central point in the plot which I appreciated. The book does end on a cliffhanger which depresses me.  The twist was amazing though! I do like the direction the series is going in.
  •  The ending was me excited for the third book, I'm anticipating the outcomes of some of the people. I enjoyed reading the historical details and the travel aspects of the story, it made the story interesting. Blackout had the right mix of action, romance, adventure, and humor. The balance of these things was great, and the romance never overshadowed the actual plot. I would rate Blackout 3.5 butterflies, more closely on the four side.
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  1. nice post
    new post
    happy weekend

  2. I am glad there was some character development even if this was more plot driven. I love the cover and you have me curious about the series.

    1. Hope you enjoy it, it's a promising series for sure :) Let's see how it ends.

  3. This seems like it had the perfect mix of just the right parts of a story - romance, action and everything. It also sounds like there is an awesome plot twist there as well, which makes me happy :D I love the cover as well!

    1. Thank you Olivia, the cover is amazing :)

  4. This sounds like another good read. Glad that with how the plot is going that it has you excited for the next book! Fab review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    1. Thank you Naomi - hope you check this out soon :)

  5. That cover looks beautiful, amazing review Benish :)


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