Bang [Visions, #2] by Lisa McMann

Bang [Visions, #2] by Lisa McMann
Goodreads Summary
Simon Pulse | Hardcover, 256 pages
Young Adult
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Lisa McMann’s follow up to her Visions series didn’t lack for suspense. Aided by the mysterious curse that seemed to have been passed down from Jules, Sawyer is gifted with the same frightening visions. His, however, is infinitely worse due to the inherent violence of a direct-from-the-news school shooting.

Sawyer’s frustration leaps off the pages as he tries to grasp what it was he was supposed to do with the recurring nightmares that he keeps seeing. While Jules have fought tooth and nail to save the boy she loves in the first book, Sawyer flounders to figure things out. Jules shared his frustration as well and at times it had put a strain in their burgeoning relationship. But the process in which they try to piece together the clues is only half the fun in this book.

There’s no new developments or resolution in terms of the family feud – which is probably the only thing that concerned me with this series. I was also hoping to have Jules finally clear the air with her parents but to no avail. She did finally tell her dad that she knew about the affair. Sawyer also finally gets himself out of the toxic environment that was his home – which is a relief because his situation was heartbreaking. The feud is pretty preposterous, but so did the Montague-Capulet’s. I’m hoping things will finally be better in the next book.

As usual, the Demarco siblings’ dynamics is one of the best things about this book. Their support system is quite a novelty, actually. You can sense the loyalty and the love in everything that they do. Slowly but surely, Trey and Rowan are finally getting a piece of the pie and I love, love, love these two. If there’s something that I can sort of complain about (in a backhanded kind of way) is the sometimes misplaced humour when things get a bit serious. The balls jokes, especially, gets me snickering at the most inconvenient of times. I wouldn’t say it’s a complaint but it feels silly just the same.

Lisa McMann keeps delivering with whatever book she writes. I have a feeling that I will not be able to resist her MG series, even though it’s not really my cup of tea. Over all, Visions have readily become one of those series that I’ve eagerly anticipated. Short as they are, these books are easily digestible and potently addictive.

  • I adore McMann's writing style, although I know it bothers many people, and her weird plots usually work for me. Fir some reason, Crash didn't really grab me but I'm determined to give it another chance.
    Lovely review. 🙂

  • Great review! I really need to read this trilogy!

  • C'mon, it's always a good time for balls jokes. 😉 I'll have to go check out the 1st book. They sound good, though!

  • I am so glad this one wasn't a disappointing sequel, I haven't read the first book yet but now I will for sure move it up on my list. The characters sound so real, and I love suspense in books 🙂

  • Aw, yay! I'm glad you love this series so much 😀 Finally got my hardcover today, so I'm hoping to start reading both books soon. <3 Ohh. Her middle grade series is amazing; I love it 🙂 Hope you'll try it ;p Thank you for sharing your awesome review Joy. <3

  • This is one of the review books I'm behind on. Hopefully I can get to it in November. I did love the sibling dynamic in the first book so happy to hear there is more in this one as well. Can't wait to read it!

  • Can't wait for this one and the suspense

  • 5 stars! And such a glowing review, wow, Joy! You really made me drool for this series! I love suspenseful stories! And the guy's name is Sawyer, boy, it just doesn't get better than that! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing, I need to read this series soon!

  • I have never read a Lisa McMann book and I have been meaning to for so long! Thanks for reminding me to get on that!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • I loved Cryer's Cross! It's so different and creepy. So glad you loved this one too, Rachel. 🙂

  • She hasn't disappointed me so far, Melliane. I sure hope you'll enjoy it. 🙂

  • This was an addictive read, Joy. I wished Jules would've settled things with her parents a little more as well. Her dad is a complete idiot, IMO! Loved the romance between Sawyer and Jules, though. And the sibling relationships was a treat, too. Wonderful review, Joy. I'm wondering if you read Lisa McMann's Cryer's Cross? I think that book and the first of the Wake trilogy were my favorite reads from her. Bang is a close second. 🙂

  • Oh it sounds great, I hope her other series is as good. I didn't know this one. I'm curious to know more about the characters.