Title: Can’t Forget
Author: Colleen S. Myers
Publisher: Champagne Books
Pub Date: 6 Jun 2016
Series: Solum #2
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Teen/YA
This is book 2, and though reading book #1 is a good idea, this book can be read as a standalone. I have included the blurb for book 1 ‘Must Remember’ below so you can catch up with the storyline:
Solum #1 Must Remember
(blurb from goodreads)
Nineteen-year-old Elizabeth ‘Beta’ Camden is a survivor. When the E’mani-those pale alien freaks-destroy Earth with a plague of madness and scoop up the remains, Beta is one of the ‘lucky’ ones. For years, she endures their tortures, experiments and games. Then one day, she manages to escape their ship with her life, and no memory of her time with them. Stranded on their world, Beta wanders the mountains, looking for a way home. She stumbles onto the Fost-the E’mani’s ancient enemy. Their war with the Imani is old and rooted in magic that the Fost once had and the Imani crave. Magic Beta soon discovers she’s developing along with strange tattoos and disturbing glimpses of her past. The Fost take her in and train her in their ways. As she spends more time with them, she falls in love with their culture and with Marin-he of the hot hands and slit eyes. But the E’mani took her for a reason and they want her back-dead or alive. If Beta doesn’t remember that reason soon, they’re all going to die.
Beta is ready for revenge against the E’mani until her new life with the Fost and especially Marin intervenes, forcing her to rethink her priorities. As her memories continue to return faster and faster however, she learns the E’mani may have more control over her future than she knew. In fact, she may have to lose everything in order to even survive.
I have mixed feelings on this book. I read it, and I know others will like it much more than I did. I do think it made a promise and fulfilled it, so for that I give it 4 stars. I also feel that Colleen S. Myers is an author that works hard and is maturing her skill with each book. At this rate, if she continues to put out books regularly, she is sure to become a name found on many bookshelves, including my own.
The story was well-told, though the pacing was sometimes slow and bogged down by the sex—I mean romance– that was trying to be grownup, but not always making it. By the way, lust and love are not the same, and love does not grant possession. Just a reminder to young girls reading this book.
The ending was okay, if a little odd, as if it was written by someone else entirely, or just rushed through. Plenty of room for the next book to come along and finish the storyline
Some elements were flat, almost as if Myers tried so hard to polish the plot and main characters that they lost the edge. The backstory tended to be more interesting than the current one until well into the book and the main characters were unchanging and wooden, but the secondary ones were fun and unpredictable.
I would ask Myers this: Did you like Finn better than Marin? I did. I hardly knew Marin except through the overt sex and excessively proprietary marital scenes, whereas Finn, Ute, Thorn, and others just had more character. Maybe because they weren’t bogged down by having to be oversexed and in control all the time. Good characters are just like people. Complicated and flawed. So there, I have said it. Nonetheless, I AM going to read the next thing Myers writes, because I like her imagination and potential as a writer.
I received a copy through Netgalley in exchange for this honest review.