Book Review: Two Faced by Melissa Pearl

Posted November 7, 2014 by love2dazzle in New Adult, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Book Review: Two Faced by Melissa PearlTwo-Faced by Melissa Pearl
Series: The Masks #2
Published by Evatopia Press on October 9, 2014
Pages: 279
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery, the PR company
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two-stars
Caitlyn Davies has an unusual gift. She knows exactly what people feel. She sees their true reactions, every time. Everyone wears a mask, but she can see the truth hiding behind it. This ability has changed her life, both for the better and the worse. She can choose to ignore what she sees...but what happens when it involves the guy she loves?Eric Shore knew getting involved with a girl who could read people was risky, but he couldn't help himself. Caitlyn is gorgeous and he loves being with her. Things have been going great...until she tells Eric that his step-brother and star basketball player, Connor, is doing drugs. Having looked up to the guy for years, Eric just can't buy it. Things only get worse when Caitlyn starts to question the true nature of Eric's favorite teacher at UCLA.

Their first year at college together was supposed to be amazing, but their relationship is off to a rocky start, especially when Caitlyn refuses to deny what she's seen in order to keep her boyfriend happy. As more and more masks are peeled away, Caitlyn is thrown into a dangerous world where secrets are exposed and Eric once again has to decide whether dating Caitlyn is worth the risk. It doesn't take long for the young couple to realize that even those closest to you can be two-faced.

“Two-Faced” by Melissa Pearl was a very enjoyable book but there are a lot of things I didn’t like. In this sequel to “True Colors,” the readers get to see Caity grow up. “Two-Faced” is told in two different points of view, Caity’s and Eric’s. Pearl’s characters have made the transition from high school to college and Pearl did a great job with making the transition very smooth for the reader.

The reader gets to really know Eric in this novel. Eric’s past is brought to the surface in a whole new light. All of Eric’s worries and reasonings as to why he made the decisions that he did are all explained by the small insights into Eric’s past. I have to say at times I felt like Eric was having nothing more than a pitty party.

There is a lot of drug abuse, gambling, and alcohol abuse in this story. Even though Melissa Peark captured the fear and signs of drug behavior I still feel like she made it a bigger part of the story than it should have been. Even though these items are part of life, I don’t think it should also be portrayed as a big part of the story. I know a lot of people think that the scariness of drugs and alcohol need to be protrayed more for the younger people, but I disagree. I think it should be portrayed less. I feel like in some ways this just seems to encourage them even more.

Caity drove me insane like she did in the last book. She is so insecure and full of doubts that she just wasn’t a loveable character at all. She has this ability to be able to see beneath people’s masks yet she seems to get irritated when people express concern for her. I found a hard time trying to connect with her.

two-stars

About Melissa Pearl

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.
“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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