Friday, July 17, 2015

Book Review: Melancholy Book Two of The Cure (Omnibus Edition) by Charlotte McConaghy


Book Two of The Cure 
(Omnibus Edition) 

Charlotte McConaghy

Pub June 11th 2015 
by Momentum 
ARC for Review 

Here in the west they know a lot about hope. They know how to ration it just as they do with food and water.

Josephine is at last free of the blood moon. But in a desperate rush to find help for a comatose Luke, she discovers the strange and dangerous world of the resistance, and it is unlike any world Josi has known.

In the west they believe in fury – they cultivate and encourage it. The unruly people of the resistance know that to survive means to fight. But can they fight the inevitable cure for sadness that rushes steadily closer?

In the action-packed sequel to Fury, everything Josi believes about herself will be challenged. Haunted by atrocities and betrayals, she must find the strength to trust again, and decide how far she is willing to go to fight the inevitable.

At times both brutal and sweet, Melancholy is the story of second chances and finding love in a ruined world.

Sadness Must Be Felt In Order To Experience Happiness 

Well, it’s happened again! As far as dystopian books are concerned this series is one of my favorites! We are thrown again into an epic harsh world where those acting in fear are one step closer to becoming the soulless! And that’s the good guys folks. Melancholy is right ya-eeeeeesh OH! Also I haven’t touched on the CRAZY cliffhanger from the last installment!! We pick up where the story left off and the situation is no bueno. Josi and Luke are in a precarious position. This is one roller coaster read that will keep you on the edge of your seat leading to another heart stopping ending. I have no idea how things are going to play out but I’m very excited to find out.

M-ission, after the showdown that took place Josi must find the strength to continue Luke’s plan.
E-mbark, not knowing where they are headed Josi has to trust in Luke and protect him no matter the cost.
L-aced, Raven distrusts Josi and will do whatever it takes to discover her secrets. No one can know who she is so Josi will keep her identity a secret.
A-lone, fighting through a new kind of prison one with the guise of freedom Josi will learn to navigate and survive until Luke returns to her.
N-emesis, Luke made a very difficult choice in order to rescue Josi. His choices of the past have come back to haunt his present and could be the cause of lives lost.
C-rimes, there is only one connection to the horrible things that have happened within the resistance. Now is not the time to face accusations now is the time for action Luke and Josi seek revenge and they will have it.
H-unt, Luke and many others have worked tirelessly toward making a sizable impact. Leaving camp was their only choice together they will fight.
O-utburst, overtaken with rage the enemy will reveal a truth about Josi that changes everything she thought she knew. Faced with this information she vows to search for and save the life of this new found possibility. The situation is unlikely to end well but that will not stop Josi’s pursuit.
L-ove, often a thin line between joy and horror. Accusations fly rampant and the envy and evil is brought to light. After an unbelievable showdown everyone will know Josi is strong and capable of anything.
Y-ell, a sudden decision sets off a miserable chain of events that endangers everyone. In the midst of chaos a miracle is born rushing to safety is their only hope. Safety such a fickle word in this new world.

That ending!! My blood pressure rose to the top! I cannot recommend this series enough! We see some major character development. Both Luke and Josi go through a transformation. I don’t want to leave out the side characters though, they were all amazing. Even the “bad guy” was good! My heart broke for her situation. So many things happen and we learn so much about this misguided new world I gobbled up each and every word. No sophomore slump here come on next installment I CANNOT WAIT!!

Luke & Josi
I mentioned character development and discovering what is most important. These two nail it, at first both were faced with very difficult situations. Josi did not handle things very well I’d say we saw the most growth from her character. There were times she frustrated me because I know she is capable of amazing things. I’m happy to report she has that aha moment and becomes a beacon of light once again. Luke has been and will for always be my favorite. His steadfast dedication and determination to burn the world down for Josi is beyond measure. He holds my heart in this installment he learns to  love the things that are important. Learning to forgive himself was hard but rediscovering family gives him the push he needed.

  My Rating 

4.5 Train, Prison, Fury, Fields, Feet, Coma, Party, Training, Body, Exile, Parents, Cello, Raven, Mission, Secrets, Revelations, Explosions, Hal, Tunnel, Fire, Knowing life isn’t forever and out of a thousand worlds none would be as sweet without the love Luke and Josi share.   

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About the Author 

Charlotte grew up with her nose in a book and her head in the clouds. At fourteen, her English teacher told her that the short story she'd submitted was wildly romantic, so she decided to write a novel. Thus began her foray into epic fantasy and dystopian sci-fi, with sweeping romances, heroic adventures, and as much juicy drama as she could possibly squeeze in.

Her first novel, Arrival, was published at age seventeen, and was followed by Descent, which launched The Strangers of Paragor series, an adventure fantasy for teenagers.

She then wrote her first adult fantasy novel, Avery, the prologue of which came to her in a very vivid dream. Her second adult novel, Fury, is the first in a romantic science-fiction series called The Cure, set in a dystopian future.

Charlotte currently lives in Sydney, having just finished a Masters in Screenwriting from the Australian Film, Television & Radio School. With her television pilot script, she won the Australian Writer's Guild Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay of 2013. She will, however, always be a novelist at heart, still unable to get her nose out of the books.


  1. Love the set up of this review. Thanks so much for sharing- I'm glad you enjoyed this one a lot.

  2. Cliffhangers are killer. Glad this one picked right up and you enjoyed. Dystopian aren't always my fav but this sounds good.

  3. A good book must have good character development, it helps so much to connect to the book. The ending sounds exciting, I bet you are dying for more!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace


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