Mature Young Adult
Release: December 2, 2014
Cole Porter knows his home life isn’t ideal, but when a situation arises and he’s forced to pack up and move on, he realizes it’s better to be in a position where you understand the ins and outs rather than to be tossed into the unknown.
Emory Montgomery is as close to perfect as she can possibly be—good grades, beautiful, poised, popular—but having it all isn’t always enough. Perfect has its drawbacks, and even the most flawless people crack under its pressure.
There are people who come into our lives for a reason, when everything else is shattered, burned, and bruised. Sometimes their purpose is clear, but often the smoke and the brokenness conceal the light.
THE DAMNED can be read as a stand-alone novel.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 3.5 Stars ~
The Damned is a companion novel to Jennifer Snyder’s The Unloved. Each of these books can be read as a standalone but to truly understand the depth of the characters I believe they should be read in order.
I enjoyed reading this book but I have to say it didn’t WOW me. There was one major thing that I had trouble with, with this book and that was the connection between Emory and Cole. The author took until the 50% mark to even introduce the two main characters and then seemed to gloss over a lot of their relationship, so that once we got to the I Love You’s it was hard for me to believe because we never really saw their relationship. With that said I do enjoy Jennifer’s writing style. Her books always flow smoothly and her story lines are interesting and engaging.
I knew after reading The Unloved that this book was going to cover some serious and tough subjects and it did. This book covers topics like eating disorders and self inflicted pain (cutting and burning) I thought she captured the tortured feelings and emotions that both Emory and Cole were feeling. This book is told in dual POV and I thought that was fantastic. My only wish would’ve been that the first half of the book been cut down some and that we would’ve gotten to see more of their relationship and how once their secrets come out, how all the other characters helped them. There is a 9 month gap from the end of the story to the epilogue and those 9 months is what I wished the majority of the book would’ve been about.
In this book we meet Emory and Cole. Cole is Julie’s sister (from The Unloved) We initially meet Cole in The Unloved but he is only 15 in that book and we don’t learn a lot of his background. In this book he is 17 turning 18 and his issues are at the for front of the story. Cole and Emory are broken souls. Neither one of them have had an easy life and have turned to damaging methods of coping. This book shows the journey and emotions that these two go through to come out stronger in the end. I loved the epilogue of this book, I thought it wrapped up their story well.
This book is a YA book but borders a Mature YA because of the serious nature of the topics covered. There isn’t any real sexy scenes in this book, but I think anyone under the age of 17 should wait to read this book. This is the type of book that I would hope everyone would give a chance because I thought Jennifer Snyder did a great job bringing awareness to two topics which happen more often than we want to think when it comes to our kids in high school. If you are a fan of Jennifer’s work then I think you should read this book. I also think that if you have read The Unloved that you should continue the story by reading The Damned.
Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.