DeAnna Reviews: Backdraft by H.M. Ward

by DeAnna on October 13, 2014

DeAnna Reviews: Backdraft by H.M. WardBackdraft by H.M. Ward
Series: The Secret Life of Trystan Scott #2
Published by Laree Bailey Press on 2012-10-01
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 206
Format: eBook
When Mari realizes that Trystan is the internet megastar, Day Jones, she can’t speak. Every time she listens to his song, it leaves her feeling so much. That song is bewitching. Everyone she knows heard it. As soon as it appeared on YouTube, it went viral, and then the guy who wrote it disappeared. Despite agents and record labels trying to lure Day5705 out, he remains anonymous. No one knows who Day Jones really is—except Mari.

To Trystan’s relief, Mari agrees to keep his secret. Part of him regrets uploading the song, but when he sings to Mari the song that once brought him solace, it fills him joy. In a life like his, joy is fleeting and Trystan plans on grabbing hold whenever a shot at happiness appears. To his surprise, Mari doesn’t realize the song is about her. When Trystan tries to push her to see, he jeopardizes losing her entirely.

One misplaced kiss topples the fragile relationship, leaving Trystan reeling, trying to assemble the pieces and convincing Mari that she’s not just another conquest, even though everything he did—everything he said—makes it seem like she is. It isn’t until Mari decides that being the good girl isn’t working that things steam up. Trystan knows she wants to hook up with someone, and he doesn’t know if he should stop her. Every attempt he makes to win her over goes bad and pushes her further away.

As the world gets one day closer to tracking down Day Jones, Trystan is one day closer to graduation and leaving this life forever. If Mari doesn’t realize he loves her by then, she never will.

After the ending of Collide, I really thought that we were in for some good things to come in Backdraft. Don’t get me wrong, the book was enjoyable; it just wasn’t what I expected.

We start to learn a little bit more about Mari than we did in the first book, which I like. We also see a little bit more into Trystan’s back story. I like the development of the characters. However, there’s still a lot of back and forth “Will they or won’t they?” going on, and it got a bit old.

Things started to get more intense and more interesting toward the end, and I really liked the way the book ended, so I was ready to go right into book 3. (In all honesty, though, I really just want to fly through these so I can get back to The Arrangement!)

Okay, so this was a super short review, but it was a short book, and there isn’t a lot to say without spoilers! Sorry!


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