ARC Review: The Reckoning of Noah Shaw

Posted November 29, 2018 / Book Reviews / 2 Comments

I received this book for free (hey, thanks!) in exchange for an honest review. I promise that this does NOT affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. For real.

ARC Review: The Reckoning of Noah ShawThe Reckoning of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
Series: The Shaw Confessions #2
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
Published by Simon and Schuster on November 13, 2018
Also by this author: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, The Becoming of Noah Shaw
Format: eARC (480 pages) • Source: Publisher
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Noah Shaw confesses all in this second novel of a chilling new companion series to Michelle Hodkin’s New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer trilogy!

Noah Shaw doesn’t think he needs his father’s inheritance.He does.

Noah believes there’s something off about the suicides in his visions.There is.

Noah is convinced that he still knows the real Mara Dyer.He does not.

Everyone thought the nightmare had ended with Mara Dyer’s memoirs, but it was only the beginning. As old skeletons are laid bare, alliances will be tested, hearts will be broken, and no one will be left unscarred.

I’ll admit that some of my low rating is partially my fault since I remember about 10% of the previous book, but I feel disenchanted overall by this whole series/world. This book had a lot of filler (going back and explaining more things that had happened in previous books) and a decent amount of interesting plot points otherwise.

I don’t even really know what else to say because this was just the epitome of a “shrug emoji” to me lol. I think that it’s hard to review this series without giving too much away because the synopses always include very vague information. Basically, this one relied heavily on Goose and Noah going around and trying to get to the bottom of everything.

As I mentioned, the story went back and forth a little between “before” and “after” certain events took place. This is usually fine, but the majority of the book was somewhat confusing. I didn’t really understand what was happening, where the story was headed, and what was really happening with the characters. I think the vague-ish writing style (not sure how else to describe it) and moving around a lot didn’t do this book any favors. I previously loved Noah but I was disconnected from him (and truly everyone else) in this story. Also, word of warning that I don’t think is a major spoiler: don’t expect to see a whole lotta Mara in this book.

The end was intriguing, like the first book in this companion series, so I am generally intrigued enough to keep reading these books. View Spoiler » I think I should have reread the first one and that might’ve helped but I also just feel like this series doesn’t do it for me anymore, which is sad.

2 responses to “ARC Review: The Reckoning of Noah Shaw

  1. I read the original series and was THINKING about giving this companion one a shot– but I really think I should probably refrain. I just didn’t LOVE Mara and Noah at the end of the last book and I don’t think I can stomach any more will they/won’t they with them. I can’t wait for this author to write something NEW about NEW people in a new situation. Her writing is so addictive to me– I just don’t like Mara and Noah together anymore.

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