Apr 18, 2014

Review: Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Don’t Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: 4.15.2014
Pages: 384
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Series: No
Source: ARC from ALA MW

Rating: 5 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. 

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash. 

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if 
not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Jennifer L. Armentrout has been an “auto-buy” author for me for quite some time now. I’ve yet to read something of hers I didn’t love and DON’T LOOK BACK is no exception. But more than that, Armentrout continually proves herself to be a versatile writer. She has mastered steamy scenes, made me fall for a demon, a gargoyle, a god, and an alien, but now she once again proves no genre is outside of her reach with the creepy contemporary thriller.

I loved Sam from the beginning. I loved her snark and wit and that her inner monologue was what I expected my own to be if I woke up with a blank memory. I thoroughly enjoyed watching her break away and question her friends, not blindly led around by people she was supposed to love and trust.

Carson was my hero. I need one of him in my life. The way he protected and challenged Sam was exactly what Sam needed.

This plot takes more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. Nothing is what it seems, everyone has an ulterior motive, and if you think you know what happened, I promise you don’t. Fans of Armentrout’s undoubtedly had this one on pre-order, but for those who haven’t been WOWed by her before or never got into her paranormal novels, DON’T LOOK BACK is a wonderful place for you to fall in love with her writing.
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  1. Oh. My. God. I loved this book so so so much!!! I couldn't put it down. Sam and Carson were both amazing and I also loved her brother! The twists, the turns, THE REVEAL!!! Never saw that coming in a million years. I don't tend to like thrillers that much, but this one blew me away.

  2. *high five* You know I adored this one too! Sam was fantastic, I just loved that she didn't let her friends convince her to be the mean girl again and she instead stood her ground even as their mockery turned her way. As always, I need more JLA in my hands as soon as possible:)

  3. How do I not already have this book in my life? I feel like a failure, but fortunately, this is something I can remedy!! Your review just makes me want to read it all that much more. The cover is so my kind of cover. ;)

  4. I'm not surprised to see an Armerntrout review with 5 stars! I will read this one for sure :)

  5. AHH OHMAGAWD A JENNIFER ARMENTROUT BOOK. Let me just say that jennifer armentrout is one of my fav authors ever. But, for some reason I'm not all over this book. Huge mistake on my part because thats what I did to white hot kiss and I ended up loving it. It might be because it's just extremely hard to top Aiden and Seth xD

    "She has mastered steamy scenes, made me fall for a demon, a gargoyle, a god, and an alien"



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