Friday, April 12, 2013

Requiem by Jamie McGuire Review

Dreaming of the dead might mean a restless night for anyone, but for Nina Grey it was a warning.

Still healing from her last run-in with Hell, Nina struggles with not only her life as a Brown University student, but also as an intern at Titan Shipping, her father's company. Recurring nightmares about her father's violent death have become a nightly event, but being overwhelmed with guilt from Ryan's unexpected departure to the Armed Forces, and heart ache over Claire being across the ocean to protect him, Nina believes her sleepless nights are the least of her problems—but she's wrong.

Worried about Nina's declining health, Jared must steal back Shax's book for answers. Fighting new enemies, and with the help of new friends, Jared's worst fear comes to fruition. Desperate, he is faced with a choice: Fight Hell alone, or start a war with Heaven.

Book two...if you’ve read the first book based on the above, Well done. You’ve made an excellent choice. If you’re reading this because your still not sure, well be warned, this will contain a whole lot of spoilers.

Unlike Providence, Requiem is set over a much longer period of time, mainly due to the plot. The first book was about the foundations of setting up this relationship, and this book is about the consequences of going against fate in such a way.

Nina and Jared, are a couple against all odds and against fate, however the truth about Nina’s father’s final actions are only just beginning to come to light. With Nina working at her father’s company around her studies at College, she’s a pretty busy person. This isn’t helped by the fact that at night, she’s plagued by nightmares of the night her father died, stealing Shax’s book the first time, and the nightmares show no sign of stopping. Which means one thing, they must get the book back.

Now one of the strengths of Providence was the relationship between Jared and Nina, and in Requiem, this relationship is tested, not by Ryan or any other characters, but because of the nature of the relationship. There’s a pattern to the nightmares and a reason behind them, a warning. A warning that could mean the end of the relationship or their lives.

Now, like I said, this book takes a much larger time span, which works in its favour. The time makes the events much more dire and real, in the readers mind. Yes, McGuire could have taken the option of introducing another conflict, to save her from skipping time and writing about a few months later, but I’m glad she didn’t, because the original conflict is enough, and introducing another would make this messy and confusing. Besides, adding something else to tear this couple apart, would have taken the charm from the characters, and would have seemed like an easy, fools way out.

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