I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery, the PR company in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Two-Faced by Melissa Pearl
Series: The Masks #2
Published by Evatopia Press on October 9, 2014
Source: Publisher on NetGallery, the PR company
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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.