Saturday, February 4, 2017

Review: Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two

Publication Date: 1/24/2017
Series:  King Series #6
Rating: 4 Stars

Official Blurb: 

Preppy finds himself back in a world he once loved, but no longer recognizes. His dim smile can’t hide his inner turmoil and the people he views as family all suddenly feel like polite strangers. 

Except for one person. A girl with dark eyes and even darker hair. 
A girl who isn’t even an option. 

At least, not anymore. 

Dre can’t decide who she’s going to listen to. Her heart, her head, or her body. Because two out of those three things have her heading right back to Logan’s Beach. Closure is what she tells herself she’s seeking, but when she unlocks doors that were never meant to be opened she soon discovers that when it comes to Samuel Clearwater, closure might NEVER be an option. 

This is book six in the King Series and the second part of Preppy and Dre's story.

Holy mother $%@!-ing Cliffhanger, Batman.

Like Randy Orton’s patented RKO, Frazier just came out of nowhere and stopped me dead in my tracks.  The cliffhanger from Part One was hard enough to deal with , but this one? DEAD! I guess there really isn’t a way to explain how I feel about this book without sounding like a bumbling idiot.

Part Two was definitely my favorite of the two- part story so far, but for every different reasons than what you might think. Part One was more about Dre’s fall to rock bottom and Preppy’s messed up intervention to save her.  Part Two is all about Preppy. The horrors he faced in that dungeon and life after his death for Dre and everyone else in his world.  Preppy has always been a complex and at times, vexing character and this story makes him even more confusing.  His post-Dre secrets come spilling out like a fountain without a pressure gauge and they’re both heartwarming and shocking to say the least.

For him and his time on the cusp of death, Logan’s Beach isn’t the way he remembers. Bear and King are happily matched with families now.  The demons of his past, for the most part, are dead.  His beloved GG’s are also passing away and it leaves Preppy utterly alone in his own head.  He’s not needed anymore, and that makes his time on the side of the living even worse than before. Except for Dre, but even clean now, Dre doesn’t need to cling to him to live.  Yet, they do both still need each other.

Part Two is quite the mixture of dark and happy moments, but it’s the end that brings the entire book crashing down into the unknown.  I’ll admit that I wasn’t happy about a third cliffhanger, but thinking back now, the clues where there that Preppy and Dre’s story wasn’t over.  I’ll also admit that there were times where I felt like the story was rushed from one moment in time to another without setting up the scene first.  That is ultimately why the cliffhanger honked me off because I felt the story had finally reached his conclusion, but no one is ever safe in the world of Logan’s Beach.  My only hope is that with Part Three we, as readers, are finally given closure with Preppy’s side of the story.

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