05 January 2015


Author: Bethany Wiggins
Series: Stung #2
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Bury

Oh, Bethany, what happened to this series?  Talk about a sophomore slump.

First of all, let's talk about Jacqui/Jack.  Similar to Fo in the first novel, Jacqui has to pretend to be a male in order to survive outside the walled city, especially now that all of the raider's women have escaped.  This once overweight gal who loved to eat is now a treadmill running, boy looking narrator.  And while she sounds like she should be this BA heroine, in reality she's pretty much a cry baby who is way too trusting.  For a while, it seemed like every other page she was bursting into tears.  She really started to get on my nerves.

Now let's talk about the plot.  While Stung has undertones of romance between Fo and Bowen, Wiggins beats you over the head relentlessly with the romance in this novel.  As soon as Jacqui meets up with Fo, Bowen and Jonah to search for Fo's mother and Jacqui's brother, I instantly thought Wiggins was going to force a romantic element between Jacqui and Jonah.  And then Jacqui runs into Kevin, who helps save her from the raiders when she gets the gang into a bit of a pickle.  As soon as Jacqui meets Kevin, I knew where the romance was going to really come from, and I wasn't wrong.  It's too much, Wiggins, way too much.

There is hardly a plot at all in this novel and the gang goes around and around in circles, only looking for the people they first set out to find for about 25% of the time.  Most of the time, Jacqui is either kissing Kevin, thinking about kissing Kevin, or wondering who Kevin really is.  Several parts were hard to even get through.

While the presence of Fiona, Jonah, and Bowen at least made the story stomachable, they are such minor characters compared to the new narrator that even they couldn't save this disaster.  I don't remember the last time I was so disappointed in a sequel.

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