2:20 by Holly Hook

17 year old Julia can't remember anything about her life from more than a year ago, except for falling through an abyss with a mysteri...

17 year old Julia can't remember anything about her life from more than a year ago, except for falling through an abyss with a mysterious dark-haired boy who cries her name. With her foster mother and sister, she's tried in vain to recover her memories. All she knows is that her falling nightmare terrorises her night after night, and she always wakes from it at 2:20am - the same time she appeared on the porch of her current home.

I got recommended this trilogy by my boyfriend, who recently went on a cheap kindle binge (currently 99p on Amazon). As shallow as it may sound, I wouldn't generally pick up a box set on Amazon for 99p, because I would have thought it couldn't be that good if it's being sold, as a set, for such a low price. I was pleasantly surprised with this purchase from reading the first book, however.

The story is mysteriously suspenseful and you don't get to find out where Julia is truly from until about halfway through the book. There are subtle hints in the beginning chapters as you and Julia try to find out what's going on in her life. In this way, I felt connected to her as I was figuring everything out at the same pace that she was.

The only thing, funnily enough, that I didn't like was the character of Julia - I don't tend to like main characters in books anyways, that's always been my thing! She took stupid risks and felt so hard done by because she couldn't let out her feelings to anyone when she could have easily confided in Monica, her foster sister. I just felt she was a little silly in her thought processes was all.

The concept of time in the book was originally constructed, and I really like what Hook did with it in her writing, of which I can't really fault. The story flowed and at no point did I ever really want the book to change directions at all.

Overall, 2:20 was a good read and not what I was expecting at all. This has really made me think about how I decide what I'm going to read next as obviously, as they say, you can't judge a book by its cover.

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