Saturday, January 28, 2017

Let's Talk: When the Dead Come A Knockin'

Title: When the Dead Come A Knockin'
Author: B.L. Brunnemer
Series: "Veil Diaries" #2
Genre: Paranormal/RH Romance
Page Length: 519 pages
Publication Date: January 27, 2017
Date Started: January 27, 2017
Date Finished: January 27, 2017
Rating: 5/5 stars

*Non-spoiler section*

It's hard for me to decide if I liked this book more than I liked the first. Both were fantastic and amazing, just in their own ways. In this book we got a whole lot more of the characters, and we also got quite a bit of ghost actions. I laughed, I cried, and I couldn't put it down.

At the end of book 1, I was hoping we got to see a lot more of the boys' backstories. I was not disappointed. While it wasn't them sitting down and spilling their entire life story, we got bits and pieces here and there of each of their pasts or troubles. My heart aches for all of them. I don't want to potentially spoil anything, so I'll just leave it there. The different things each of them are revealing to Lexie just shows that she's a part of their family. I know for sure we'll be getting even more in depth with their pasts in the next book.

There were girlfriends, which I was skeptical about when I first read the synopsis. However, it was different than I thought it would be. I think that putting girlfriends in made the story stronger and strengthened the relationships between Lexie and her guys. 

The ghosts really vamped it up in this book. There wasn't a particular ghost after her the whole book (like Mary Summers was in the first), but there were ghosts that kept popping up in unwanted places. There was a lot of ghost and Veil action in this book. And the guys took care of Lexie like they always do after she encounters one, and I loved it. The feels were real.

What I liked most about this book was the balance. There was always a balance between the paranormal aspects, friendship aspects, and romantic aspects. The book was plotted perfectly and it never felt like it was going too fast or too slow. There was never too much of trying to figure out how to deal with ghosts. There was never too much of trying to deal with the girlfriends. It was all very nicely balanced. 

I'm super excited for the next book. Hopefully it will be coming in March (it should be, I think) and I can't wait. I genuinely love these characters and this plot so much. I'm excited to see where it goes. 

Thanks for reading. I'll see you back here after you read the book :)

*Spoiler section*

There were girlfriends in this book. When I read the synopsis, I went "Noooo they were supposed to all get together in this book!". Suffice to say, that did not happen. At first, I was worried about the girlfriends potentially getting in the way of Lexie and the boys' relationships, but then we met Zeke's girlfriend, Riley. I loved Riley. She was awesome and cool and a good person. My hopes were rising. Then we met Trisha. Right away I did not like Trisha. The moment we met her she was kind of a bitch, excuse my language. Throughout the book she was constantly trying to keep Lexie away from Asher and calling her names. I really hated her. Especially when she left Lexie in the bathroom in a puddle of blood while Lexie was being attacked by a ghost. Like, WTF?! 

Ethan and Isaac's girlfriends were pretty terrible too. At first glance, I liked Faith and Cece. They chatted with Lexie and such. But then they started getting jealous and being snide towards or about Lexi. When they joined with Trisha to be terrible to Lexie, that was the last straw. I'm so glad all the guys dumped their asses (except for Riley, I'm glad she's still here). I hope they never have girlfriends again.

Dylan and Lexie finally got together. I was excited but I also wanted them to end on a good note so that Lexie could be with the guys. While they were together, their relationship was so cute. Lexie was so sweet to him and Dylan was the perfect boyfriend. He shared his secrets with her and she told him about her seizures (her cover story for her ghost problem). But then they ended. I really hated how they ended. Dylan took her to a party and made her think everything was ok (since he had seen her after an episode and had froze). Then he took her to Asher's after the party and dumped her. He had "wanted one last good memory". F*ck him (pardon my language). He told her she had "too many problems". Urgh! It made me so mad. I was torn between wanting the guys to go beat his ass and him crawling back to Lexie on his knees. 

Throughout the whole book, Lexie was trying to build a way into the Veil. And Dylan's breakup pushed her to go farther than she should have gone in one attempt. She ended up on the bathroom floor unable to move until the guys found her. She was pushing them away and talking about how she was ruining their lives and she was stupid for always needing a babysitter. Urgh that annoyed the shit out of me and made my heart break. Then she ran to the cemetery and continued working on the Veil despite the fact that she should have been resting and not pushing it. 

There were a bunch of ghosts who were angry at her for not helping them move on. A bunch of them were telling her to work on it and do it faster while they watched, but that would end up killing her. There was even a time when groups of them would team up on her and harass her. It was interesting to see how the Veil was making them do certain things. 

Sophie. I gotta talk about Sophie. Sophie's the whole reason Lexie's working so hard on trying to get the Veil fixed. Sophie, Ethan and Isaac's little sister, who either hasn't moved on or was pulled back. I knew Sophie was one of the driving factors for Lexie wanting to get the Veil fixed quickly, but in the end Lexie went a step further and said that it was all about Sophie and not wanting her to rot here. Ah be still my heart. She even said something about helping Sophie and then leaving the guys alone.

And lastly, there was this terrible soul (rapist serial killer) who really did a number on Lexie. He cornered her in the bathroom at a bowling alley (where Trisha left her) and started pouring his memories into her. He didn't want to move on or possess her. He just wanted to hurt her. And he did. Lexie ended up in a pile of blood unable to move and barely able to talk. She ended up with nightmares and sometimes woke up thinking she did those terrible things. Honestly, he was 10000x worse than Mary Summers. 

Honestly, this book gave me so many feels. Any time Lexie didn't tell the guys about their girlfriends being mean to her: feels. Any time Dylan and Lexie did something cute: feels. When Lexie was giving Dylan his Christmas presents: feels. Christmas time when the guys all got gifts from Rory and they gave her a puppy and a picture of her dad: feels. The chapter where Lexie was thinking she was ruining the guys lives and they basically just said "It our lives, let us decide, shut up": feels. The last two chapters from Miles and Asher's perspectives: feels. There were just a lot of feels in general.

I love the Lexie and the guys even more, if that's possible. This has quickly grown to become one of my favorite series ever, ranking up there with Sarah J. Maas, J.K. Rowling, and Stephenie Meyer. This series is so unique and amazing. I've never read anything like it, and that's one of the reasons I love it so much. 

But honestly, the slow burn RH is killing me. Around fourth book is when we're gonna get the first kiss between them, and I'm so excited. I can't wait. That should be around May or June (hopefully). 

I'm so excited for the next book. I think it's projected to be finished, edited, and released in March. The pace at which the author has written and put out these first two books makes me excited (it's currently a little less than 2 months). This means we could get 6 new books this year! 6! I really hope it continues like that, but until then, I'll just reread these books over and over and over again. In fact, I've already reread my favorite scenes from book 2. 

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