Monday, July 7, 2014

Review: Bang by Lisa McMann

Bang (Visions, #2)
Bang (Visions #2) by Lisa McMann
Jules should be happy. She saved a lot of people’s lives and she’s finally with Sawyer, pretty much the guy of her dreams. But the nightmare’s not over, because she somehow managed to pass the psycho vision stuff to Sawyer. Excellent.
Feeling responsible for what he’s going through and knowing that people’s lives are at stake, Jules is determined to help him figure it all out. But Sawyer’s vision is so awful he can barely describe it, much less make sense of it. All he can tell her is there’s a gun, and eleven ear-splitting shots. Bang.
Jules and Sawyer have to work out the details fast, because the visions are getting worse and that means only one thing: time is running out. But every clue they see takes them down the wrong path. If they can’t prevent the vision from happening, lives will be lost. And they may be among the casualties…
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Publishes in US: October 8th 2013 by Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: library
Series? Visions #2
my review of #1 Crash by Lisa McMann

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    Bang has been on my TBR since I finished Crash and I cannot believe that its taken me so long to get around to it. I love Lisa's writing style and have since her first series. She makes relatable characters that are flawed but live life hard. She has a snarky voice and a dry humor that I adore. Both of these things carried into Bang, and I was so glad to be reunited with the characters. 

    Being back in Jules head is like sitting down on a favorite comfy couch. I got lost in her world and narration and time flew as I laughed with her and felt the tension and suspense of finding an answer and really hoping that no one ends up dead. Especially the guy she's falling in love with. Sawyer is so darn cute, and I love their romance. It goes up a bit on the hot scale, and I love how Jules thinks about it like normal girls do and Lisa isn't afraid to candidly write about their first encounters with heavy making out. 

    It was unique and added an extra layer of plot twistiness that the visions were coming from Sawyer now, and while Jules has been in his shoes, their situations are pretty different. She can empathize and bring good ideas to the table, but she isn't the one who is seeing gruesome and scary things and making the accompanying hard decisions about what to do and how to figure out how that works. 

    It picks up right where Crash left off and I liked that. The relationships and dynamics haven't really changed that much except Jules and Sawyer are together and some people are none too happy about that.In this one, we get more of Rowan and of Trey (Jules sister and brother) and I thoroughly enjoyed the aspect and theme of family that it brought to the story. Jules dad is still pretty unstable mentally and emotionally and they never know what they are going to get. The italian restaurants are still a part of the story and the feud between the two families certainly complicates things from the adults' perspective between Jules and Sawyer. 

    I liked how the twists came together, and how Jules and Sawyer ended up figuring out what to do and the courage they showed in stepping up for others. I ended well and tied up all of the plot lines of this book while still leaving me excited for the third. 
   

Bottom Line: Fast paced and snarky, flew through it.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Would you want to have visions if you could change tragic events at personal cost?
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44 comments:

  1. And now is when I admit that I have never read a Lisa McMann Book. I KNOW. I will though. Eventually, LOL. And no, I would not want visions under any circumstances. Maybe that's selfish, but I'd rather find other ways to help people. I've read too many Greek tragedies to ever be comfortable messing with what could be construed at Fate.

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  2. kirstymariejonesstudioreadsJuly 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    I haven't read this series yet since I really couldn't get into her other one, but I love fast paced and snarky ones and sounds like a realistic romance. And a family theme's are always fun. :) So glad that it's just as good (if not better) than the first! Ohh, hard question, on one hand, yeah I would. But then n the other, things happen for a reason, right? And even if you could stop it, it could make things worse in the long run.

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

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  3. I really liked Crash a lot but have been hesitant to read this one because the whole shooting thing kind of freaks me out. But you have inspired me to request it from the library...

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  4. Fast-paced and snarky sounds good. I haven't read this series, or any of McMann's books, and I'm glad you enjoyed Bang!

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  5. I love this series and the audiobooks are really good, too!

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  6. I have the first one in the series and it sounds like I need to pick it up ASAP!

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  7. I have been meaning to begin this series for a while! This review was the perfect boost to remind to do just that! I don't think I would want visions, because otherwise, how would you learn from your mistakes? I also find it fairly important to not know what the future holds...

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  8. I haven't started this series yet, but I really think I'll enjoy it - could you please help me add a few extra hours to my days for a while? Great review, Brandi! I love that they have to figure out the clues from Sawyer's vision so they can save people, it's like a detective novel within a paranormal romance :)

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  9. I love fast paced and snarky books, so I definitely need to check this one (and the first novel) out!


    Great review :)

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  10. This sounds like an intense read! I haven't read Crash, but your review has me itching to pick up the series. Jules sounds like a wonderful narrator.

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  11. Melissa (Books and Things)July 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Oh I love it when twists work well in the end. This sounds fab. Will have to check it out!

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  12. Lisa McMann's brand of snark and humour sounds like this book might be right up my alley. Thanks for bringing this series to my attention!

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  13. I love your description of being inside the character's head. I haven't heard of this series but I'm very interested in the sound of the plot. It sounds like it would pull me in!


    Great review!

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  14. Gosh, I am so disgusted that I haven't read this series, I have ARCS of books one and two and just haven't gotten around to it. I like that it is fast paced and snarky with paranormal visions, I need to just get it read!

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  15. I read book one and flew through it a few momths back but i just haven't picked up this ine yet! Your making me reconsider some life choics lol!

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  16. I haven't read this series but it sounds like book two was strong and I do love snark!

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  17. I love the snark :D I have that happen to me a lot too. A book is on my to-read list that I want to read sooo badly but if feels like it takes forever to get to it. I would want to have visions if I could in fact make a difference with them. Wonderful review! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

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  18. I haven't read this series yet - I LOVE the covers!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  19. The snark is speaking my language as well

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  20. Molly, this would be better suited in an email.

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  21. LOL, its worth it and feels so fast

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  22. Its pretty neat, and I like how invested they are even when it is someone they don't know

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  23. Jules is pretty awesome in my book

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  24. I have been working on my time adding machine in my free (wink) time... But I just can't get it to work... I am seriously in need of that extra hours as well

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  25. I def don't think that I would be a person to be responsible for others

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  26. Good to know. I really haven't gotten into the audio books and not sure why.

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  27. I'm sure its fairly cheap on amazon or at the library

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  28. I loved her dreams series as well.

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  29. It is a pretty goose bump raising to think about. and could be a trigger if that is a thing for you.

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  30. The writing style is very similar so it may not be for you, but def worth a try.

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  31. Not selfish at all, I don't think that I would want them either

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  32. I know, sometimes it is tempting to know the future, but I wouldn't want the responsibility of someone's life in my hands

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  33. Bookworm BrandeeJuly 9, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Bang sounds like a great sequel to Crash, Brandi. I love Lisa's writing as well. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one!

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  34. I LOVE Lisa McMann's writing, and I should really pick up this series because it sounds SO GOOD!



    Great review!

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  35. It is great to see a sequel that carries on just as well as the first book. Jules and Sawyer sound like fun characters that I'd like! Fab review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  37. Jenea WhittingtonJuly 17, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    This does sound great! I need to see if I can get the first book and soon. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  38. Great, a sequel that didn't disappoint. I'm not sure about changing the past but I'd like to know the future. But if the price is too high to change it then I'll let it be LOL

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