Thursday, November 8, 2018

Book Review: The Reckoning Of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #2) by: Michelle Hodkin

Release Date:November 13, 2018
from Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"In this sequel to The Becoming of Noah Shaw, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, legacies are revealed, lies are unraveled, and old alliances are forged. Noah’s reckoning is here.

Noah Shaw wants nothing more than to escape the consequences of his choices.

He can’t.

He’s sure the memories that haunt him are merely proof of a broken heart.

They aren’t.

He thinks he can move forward without first confronting his past.

He’s wrong."

My Thoughts:

*spoilers for The Becoming Of Noah Shaw*

I’m going to cut to the chase here; I really wish that we had never gotten this continuation to Noah and Mara’s story. In so many ways I feel like it has ruined what made that original trilogy great. And while I’ll forever love Noah and Mara because of that original trilogy, both of them have been a bit tainted by these new books and I’m forever going to be sad over it.

Look here’s the thing. Absolutely nothing happens in this book. Literally Noah and Goose just wander around getting drunk and what not and then every now and then there’s an info dump. I think we were supposed to believe they were being led places by other forces, but to the reader it was just a lot of Noah and Goose doing random crap and its tedious. There’s minimal plot if any and I never know what’s going on. And not in the good way from the first trilogy, I’m just annoyed and confused a lot. Also the fact that Noah and Mara had to break up at the end of the first book still annoys me. It didn’t need to happen and I think this book is weaker because Mara is so absent. Like why is she even on the cover?!?! She’s barely a part of this, other than Noah’s pining and then being mad at her. And then that damn ending. A whole book and nothing happens and then the last few pages throw in this ridiculous twist that somehow made me angrier than Noah and Mara’s breakup at the end of the first book. I’m already dreading how it’s going to play out in the next book. Which, yes I’ll read, because I’ve come this far and at this point I’m hoping and praying the last book will fix all this nonsense that was done to one of my favorite couples.

One thing I did like though was getting to see some of The Retribution Of Mara Dyer from Noah’s point of view. He was gone for so much of that book and I’ve always wondered what he was up to, so I very much enjoyed that piece of the book and it made me wish that instead of this trilogy we had gotten a Noah POV book from the original trilogy instead. And even though I’m annoyed with him right now, I do still love Noah and I hope he comes around and I hope Mara shows up soon and puts an end to this nonsense going on. Cause really, if Mara was around right now things would be going a lot differently and Noah wouldn’t have been herded so easily.

All in all, The Reckoning Of Noah Shaw and I have some real issues. I just really wish we had left that first fantastic trilogy alone. It had such a good ending and was such a ride and now I’m just perpetually sad.


  1. This does bring out the emotions doesn't it. I was so sad how the first one ended and this one, while super interesting and I did like it, still lacked the whole Mara and Noah connection the original three had.

    1. Agreed, I really missed the Mara and Noah connection, I hope we get more of that in the next book.


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