Review of Blackout by Meredith McCardle

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By: Meredith McCardle
Release Date: January 13th 2015
Publisher: Skyscape
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
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.

My Thoughts:
Blackout is the sequel to The Eighth Guardian and was highly enjoyable continuation of the story. The overall feel of the book was slightly different than the first since it focused on the mystery behind the Annum Guard and why certain members were disappearing. Time travel was obviously a large part of the story though it wasn’t as detailed as in the first book. The time periods that Amanda (code name-Iris) visited weren’t described as vividly as in the first book. She wasn’t looking to change the past in this one as much as witness events take place to help her solve a mystery.

The same cast of characters were present in this installment and we get to see more of Abe since he’s joined the guard. The relationship between Amanda and Abe had some adjusting to do so we see a bit of a rocky patch between the two. I’m still not shipping them as much as I’d like though I do enjoy both of the characters. I have really grown fond of Red and was happy to see many more scenes with him. I’m so curious to learn more about his background and I’m hoping McCardle delves into that in the next book.

The first part of Blackout moved slower to me but I was still interested in learning about the characters and the scenes focused on Amanda’s mother’s mental disorder. I appreciated getting insights into her home life as sad as it was.

The action picked up midway and moved at a break-neck pace and be aware…this one ends on a killer cliff-hanger. I couldn’t believe it left me hanging like it did. There isn’t any info for the third book on Goodreads and I’m somewhat distraught being left hanging for I don’t know how long. I hope that the next book will release soon and some info is updated soon.

Final Thoughts:
Blackout was a strong follow up to the first book though it was a tad slower paced in the beginning. I enjoyed the slower sections for the character growth and look inside of Amanda’s home life. Once things get going the pace quickens to an ending with a great twist that left me crying since it was such a cliff hanger. I need the third book immediately and look forward to the ride McCardle with put me through.

My February To Read Pile

January is behind us and now it’s the month of love- February. I ended up reading 12 books in January and I’d love to read that many again this month but I’m going to keep my reading pile smaller than that. I don’t want to cause unnecessary stress on myself.

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I had to start The Heart of Betrayal immediately upon receiving it because I’ve been waiting forever and I’m not patient. I’m about 50 pages from the end so it’s cheating a bit to have it on the list but whatever. It’s been amazing- maybe even better than the first book.

I am about half-way into Invaded and sadly I’m not loving it. I’ve been tempted to DNF but I’ll keep trying for a tiny bit more. Solitaire looks to be different than my norm and was unsolicited but I’m going to give it a shot. The Storyspinner doesn’t release all that soon but I know I’ll not be able to wait to read it much longer.

I’ve started Magonia, Illusionaruim and A Wicked Thing but haven’t made much progress on any of them. I hope to read them all this month too.

I’m really excited about the posts I’ve got planned this month. I have 3 interviews this month:

  • Interview with Melinda Salisbury author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter-first week of February
  • Interview with Becky Wallace author of The Storyspinner-second week of February
  • I’ll be participating in 12 Days of Fictional Swooning Hop- February 13th
  • Interview with Karen Bao author of Dove Arising– end of February

What do you plan to read this month?

Stacking the Shelves

This week was  a big week in book mail. I’m going to be lazy and not do all the links (sorry not sorry). Hopefully you can read the title and author. If not let me know and I’ll provide it in the comments.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

For Review (solicited):

LionHeart MechanicaBlackout BecomingJinn Velvet VanishingGirls

For Review (unsolicited):

TheWinterWitch TheMidnightWitch RabbitBack

Won:

Silvern NOVLbox

I’ve been having some good luck with giveaways lately! I won Silvern from Christina Farley from her site (along with a pre-order) and the December NOVL Box curated by Holly Black.

Purchased:

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I purchased from Books of Wonder so I got a signed copy. I ordered this prior to knowing I would make it to the event so I have two signed copies…that means I’ll be doing a giveaway soon.

Posts from Last Week:

  • Giveaway for my ARC of The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
  • Review of Unmade (Entangled #2) by Amy Rose Capetta  star
  • Blog Tour for The Mime Order– Review + Giveaway   star
  • Review of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard  star
  • Blog Tour for Tuck Everlasting– Discussion

Upcoming Posts:

  • Lego Cover Art- I’m creating my first cover by myself (cough-ACOTAR-cough). I’m almost finished so it should publish on Sunday. The Lego Cover for Ensnared is still in the works and should be finished soon. Hopefully this month.
  • I’ll be participating in Valentine Blog Hop next month
  • Interview with Melinda Salisbury author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter in early February
  • Blog Tour for Dove Arising by Karen Bao in late February

I’ve got three other interviews in the works so look forward to those as well.

Giveaways:

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How was your week?