Friday, 9 August 2013

Review: Undertow by Leigh T. Moore

Title: Undertow
Author: Leigh T. Moore
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Genre: New Adult
Series: Dragonfly #2
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 18th July 2013

Tell Me About It
Falling in love will pull you under...

Bill Kyser has a plan to take the sandy farms of his hometown and turn them into a world-class tourist destination--and become a billionaire in the process.
Alexandra "Lexy" LaSalle has a plan to change her life by becoming a world-famous artist.
Meg Weaver has a plan to hold onto Bill no matter what she has to do.

Three friends, three dreams.
One fatal decision will change all their lives forever.

In Dragonfly, Bill Kyser gave Anna the three journals that held the story behind the powerful developer's seclusion and the damaged lives of his family members.

Anna hoped to find a way for Julian to know the truth, but as she digs deeper into the tragic events of the past, she realizes silence could be the only option.

Now she's in an alliance with the man she formerly feared. And if Julian finds out what she knows, she could lose for good the boy she's starting to love.

My Thoughts
Undertow is the next instalment in the Dragonfly series, and one I have been anticipating.  Undertow picks up after Dragonfly with Anna and Julian at beach, then a few pages later follows Anna home as she make a start on reading the journals she got off Bill.

The first journal we get to look at is Meg's.  We learn about her dreams and hopes, wanting to have babies and planning to get pregnant with Bill's.  We read about her pregnancy with Will, then wanting more from her life other than waiting around Will's school, how she gets pregnant with the twins twins.  We see her friendship with Lexy and how it all dissolved over Lexy and Bill's affair.  When we first met her I didn't know what to expect, but the more we get to know her the more I thought she was selfish, shallow and very naive.  Only thinking about herself and what she wants and not how her decisions affect others.

The second journal belongs to Lexy and we get to see her side of the friendship between Meg and herself, her own dreams and her professional life, from university to working in graphic design before moving back home to work with Bill.  We also see what she thinks about Meg's ideas about having more babies, and her feelings towards Bill.  We follow Lexy right up to the birth of Julian, and then how the truth behind his fathers identity is discovered.

The third and final journal belongs to Bill.  He has very different dreams to Meg, wanting to succeed in university, get a good, well paying job and then be bale to have babies and afford them easily.  His ambition in life is to be successful in his professional life, and while he does succeed in this, it's not without hiccups and bumps along the way.

Between each journal we go back to Anna as she digests what she has read, and how she is meant to
to carry on acting normal after discovering the real truth.  After finishing Undertow I'm still deciding what I feel about it.  I enjoyed reading it and I like how we got to learn about the history between Meg, Lexy and Bill, and how their past intermingles.  But I also feel like this is just a filler book, that the other characters haven't really progressed much.  I knew this book would feature the journals but I expected it to have more progression, more Anna, Julian and Jack, seeing what has happened between them and how they have grown from Dragonfly.  Although I am still undecided about Undertow I am looking forward to seeing what happens next with Watercolour when it's released.

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