Return to Yesterday (Broken by the Sea #2) by Ava Wood
Genre: YA Romance
Publication Date: November 25, 2016
Format: I received a copy of the book as part of a book tour organized by YA Bound Books.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Return-Yesterday-Broken-Sea-Book-ebook/dp/B01N1EYOX6/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483483800&sr=1-4&keywords=Return+to+Yesterday
After Adam Miller walked out of Missy Shaw’s life her junior year, she thought her world had ended. With her father’s relentless drinking and Missy’s numerous empty relationships, she’s learned to live her life as a hollow shell. Never feeling seems a whole lot easier than opening herself up to the emotions that tear her apart. She’s made a comfortable life for herself, going to school, working, and spending her lonely nights in the arms of her co-worker, Marco.
Everything is going just the way she likes until graduation nears and Adam waltzes back into town on the arm of Lindsay Dumont. With a single look, all her feelings for him come flooding back and being hollow suddenly isn’t so easy. His return opens up old wounds that Missy fears may never heal. Scars she’s fought so hard to bury deep inside. When all of her old memories dangle in front of her, she’s forced to find a way to bury her feelings for Adam while holding onto what’s left of her heart.
So I’m reading this book as part of a blog book tour that I’m part of next week for Remnants of Yesterday by Ava Wood so that review will come then. I also reviewed the first book a while ago which you can find here: Forgetting Yesterday. But...for now, here’s the review for Return to Yesterday!
I didn’t enjoy the first book in the series that much but I kinda wanted to see what happened to Missy and Adam’s relationship as he went off to college and she was left behind with her father and aunt.
The prologue that started off the book tides us over from the ending of the first book to the beginning of this one, and it starts off with some good news that Missy’s father is sober and has a job and a girlfriend. And then chapter 1 just has to go and ruin any good things that Missy has.
Since that relationship ended, I was really glad to see that Missy became friends with her dad’s ex-girlfriend’s daughter Jennie, and while she doesn’t know all of Missy’s past, she is still able to be there for Missy when she needs to be.
I have to mention, there is a heck of a lot of new people that are introduced in this book, but we get to see a lot more of the people from book one, especially the Millers. I really like the Millers because they are genuinely nice people that care and look out for Missy.
I feel bad for Missy because she just cannot seem to catch a break with the bad luck, but then again, she also consciously puts herself into those situations so I don’t feel that bad. I feel like all her problems (or at least 90% of them) would be solved if she just cut out the people that she knows are bad in her life, and actually listens to the people that she should trust.
I don’t want to say what happened but in a nutshell, when Adam gets back from college, Missy is under the perception that he is engaged to someone else and so she tries to keep her distance, but every time she ends up back where her heart wants her to be. This event puts them all into awkward positions with Missy throwing anger fits every few chapters. I predicted the whole thing with the wedding and Lindsay way ahead of time, but the author kept throwing us curve balls making me second guess myself.
Overall I give the book a 7/10 (4/5 stars). I liked this book better than the first one. It seemed to have more depth, and more secrets were revealed, although a lot of the same events happened over and over again. The writing style seemed to also mature a bit from the first book to this one, which I found fitting for the process Missy went through. I definitely was looking forward to the 3rd book (and that review will be out next Friday so stay tuned for that later).
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