She didn’t know how far she’d go—until she was pushed. Remy O’Malley was just learning to harness her uncanny healing power when she discovered the other,darker half of her bloodline. Now she lives trapped between two worlds, uneasy among her fellow
Healers—and relentlessly hunted by the Protectors. Forced to conceal her dual identity, and the presence of her Protector boyfriend Asher Blackwell, Remy encounters a shadow community of Healers who will put her loyalties to the test. Pushed to the limit, with the lives of those she loves most on the line, Remy must decide whether to choose sides in a centuries-old war—or make the ultimate sacrifice and go to a place from which she may never return…
I'm honestly at a loss where to begin with this review. The entire book is one giant spoiler in my opinion from the point where she travels to the Healer community on. I mean just the fact that Asher followed her there, should be warning enough, but let me just say it, this book is utterly heart breaking. And while I saw one of the twists coming, there were so many more that completely derailed me. These types of books are so incredibly hard for me to review as there are so many things I would love to talk about, one HUGE thing in my opinion that irrevocably changed a dynamic between the characters. Actually, this one twist is so huge at least to me that I'm going to break one of my rules and have a spoiler section below.
While the world behind this series is really interesting, especially now that more of the secrets behind the Healers have been revealed, it is honestly the characters that steal the show. Remy is so strong and has grown so much. Sure, she's still pretty niave, and quick to jump into the fray without thinking things through first, but honestly that's one of the things I love about her. While the others would prefer her to hold herself back, when someone is injured, she can't help but step up to help them, even though it costs her greatly. When I think back to everything she has endured in her life, it is utterly amazing to me that she hasn't snapped. Luckily now she has the support of her friends and family. From the fiercely protective Asher, to her sister, dad and step-mother, and even Asher's surly siblings, she has backup and the security she never had before. Sure things will never be easy for her because of what she is, but at least she's not alone anymore.
I enjoyed Touched even though it left me with a few frustrations, but PUSHED really took everything a step further, and really cemented my love for this series. In fact, the final installment is easily on my most anticipated list for next year, that's how excited I am for it. So, if you enjoyed Touched, then you will not want to miss this fantastic book as it is one heck of a roller coaster ride from start to finish!
(Received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley)
So, even though this is a spoiler area, I'm still going to try and be as vague as I can about specifics as that would ruin the rest of the book. Wow, Remy and Gabe. Never in a million years would I have predicted their dynamic to change so drastically. Even more surprising is that I'm actually in favor of that change. Typically in any triangle situation, I pick a guy and stick with him. I don't change my mind. Yet this time around I find myself wanting to do just that, even if I know it's a long shot, and not where Remy's heart lies. There's just something about him, now that I know there is so much more than meets the eye. I honestly think he cares for her more than Asher ever could, which doesn't diminish Asher's feelings at all. I'm just saying that there is a maturity to Gabe that makes me think he just has a better handle on what he really wants. My heart broke so much for him having to watch Remy love Asher so much, all the while his own guilt at coveting his brother's girl ate at him. I am trying to hold out hope for things between them, but when you consider the way things ended in this book, and that there is only one more book left in the trilogy, it doesn't look good.
How about you? Do you often change your mind in love triangles, or does something big have to happen first? Or, do you never change no matter what?