Vengeance (Fracture Series #2)

Vengeance (Fracture Series #2)

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by Megan Miranda

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Nobody really believes in a curse. Until you know the people who disappear. Too much coincidence, you look for reason. Too much death, you grasp for something to blame. Carson pulled Delaney out and he died on the side of the road with her mouth pressed to his. Her air in his body. Troy. She told the cops it was suicide. Didn't matter. The lake released her


Nobody really believes in a curse. Until you know the people who disappear. Too much coincidence, you look for reason. Too much death, you grasp for something to blame. Carson pulled Delaney out and he died on the side of the road with her mouth pressed to his. Her air in his body. Troy. She told the cops it was suicide. Didn't matter. The lake released her and grabbed another. But when Decker's father dies in a pool of spilled water on their kitchen floor, all Decker can feel is a slow burning rage. Because he knows that Delaney knew that his dad was going to die. She knew and backed out of his house and never said a word. Falcon Lake still has a hold on them both, and Decker can't forgive Delaney until he knows why.

Editorial Reviews

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“The realistic mystery wrapped in an eerie supernatural atmosphere will appeal to fans of both genres.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The reader will fly through the pages, attempting to reconcile the terrible events that plague this likeable, very human group of teens.” —Booklist

“A satisfying follow-up.” —School Library Journal

“Miranda's riveting plot drives to an equally tense climax as she gracefully weaves together themes of suffering, compassion, jealousy, friendship, and trust. The fluid writing, empathetic characters, and big questions raised elevate this paranormal romance into a haunting meditation on what it means to be human and to truly live.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Fracture

“Readers will think about Fracture hours, perhaps days, after they complete it. The writing is excellent.” —, on Fracture

“The science angle gives this mystery a fresh, intriguing twist, and Delaney's intelligent first-person voice and sensitive reflections deepen it. Teens will respond to Delaney as she negotiates the changes that fracture lives and create beginnings as well as endings.” —The Washington Post, on Fracture

“A compelling psychological thriller . . . fresh, addicting, and smart.” —VOYA, on Hysteria

“Questions the reliability of memory, the insidiousness of guilt, and what it truly means to be haunted.” —Publishers Weekly, on Hysteria

“An atmospheric thriller, ripe with tension.” —Kirkus Reviews, on Hysteria

Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
There is something eerie about Falcon Lake. Decker and his friends are certain that it is cursed and they are cursed along with it. Last winter Delaney had fallen into the lake and Decker prayed that she would be okay. He thought to himself, “Anyone but her” and to solidify how strongly he felt about wanting her back he added, “Everyone but her,” and so it began. First, their good friend Carson tried to save Delaney from the lake by giving her mouth to mouth resuscitation. She survived, but he did not. The curse took its first victim. Delaney kept a journal of the deaths that followed her miraculous recovery. She had been under the water for eleven minutes, but somehow still survived. Decker loved her so much that he shook off the “curse,” but then the deaths hit home and he blamed Delaney for what followed. After Delaney was revived she had the uncanny ability to tell when someone was about to die, but how can you warn them or those around them? New girl, Maya, tries to fit in as she struggles to take care of her sick mother, and then there’s Janna, Carson’s sister, who blames Delaney for her brother’s death. The waters of Falcon Lake creep into the friends’ homes and lives until they all have to admit that they must be cursed, unless there is someone they can blame. A mysterious tale of friends pushed to their limits as they watch those around them get picked off. Is it just a coincidence, or did Decker invite something horrible out of the lake and into their lives? The edge of your seat sequel to Fracture rips apart Decker, Delaney their friends, and family in this page turning thriller. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan; Ages 14 up.
VOYA - Matthew Weaver
Miranda already solidified her status as a force to be reckoned with in her previous works, Fracture (Walker, 2013/Voya December 2011) and Hysteria (Walker, 2013/December 2012). Now, she picks up the story of Fracture's Delaney, who fell in a frozen lake and woke up able to sense when people were on the verge of dying. Delaney's true love, Decker, picks up the narration, and watches as his father has a heart attack in the kitchen. Did Delaney know? As Decker deals with Delaney's possible betrayal, their friends are still spooked by the death of their friend Carson in the last book. This has led some to believe the lake is cursed and wants to take Delaney back, as well as all the people who pulled her to safety in the first place. Miranda is a master at creating a sense of foreboding and a haunting narrative around engaging characters. She also does a brilliant job of weaving together a tortured super couple. Even when Decker is furious at Delaney, the two cannot be separated, and yet Miranda also depicts the potential pitfalls of such an intense romance. There is a sense of treading water in some spots as Decker fluctuates between wanting Delaney and lashing out over his father's death. The book stumbles at the climax, which feels slightly rushed and convoluted. But it is mostly because Miranda has such an intriguing narrative going on, it is virtually impossible for the reveal to live up to the rest of the mystery. Reviewer: Matthew Weaver
Kirkus Reviews
Mystery and horror genres collide when superstition and fear overcome a group of teen friends who begin blaming their recent misfortunes on a curse in this follow-up to Fracture (2012). In friend Decker's narration, Delaney continues struggling to understand her secret ability to sense when people are nearing death, a talent she believes is a curse, as in the previous book, it failed to help her actually prevent her friend Carson's death. Meanwhile, Delaney's friends inexplicably find themselves the targets of several acts of vandalism, which they eventually believe stem from a curse they must have unleashed when they saved Delaney from drowning. Though believing in a curse may sound far-fetched, in many ways, it allows these teens to escape reminders of their own mortality and to avoid the unpleasant idea that someone wishes to harm them. As the teens reinforce one another's beliefs in the curse, the narration becomes increasingly paranoid, largely ignoring the ample evidence indicating that natural, rather than paranormal, explanations exist for the vandalism. In this way, Miranda cleverly leads readers down the same path of misdirection, encouraging them to anticipate a supernatural reveal, making the final uncloaking of the human villains more surprising. However, Delaney's "death sense" remains largely unresolved, perhaps leaving room for another installment. The realistic mystery wrapped in an eerie supernatural atmosphere will appeal to fans of both genres. (Suspense. 12-18)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In Fracture (Walker, 2012), Delaney Maxwell fell through the ice into Falcon Lake, was trapped underwater for 11 minutes, spent a week in a coma, then woke up with no apparent lasting damage-except for a newfound ability to sense when other people were sick or dying. Vengeance is told from the point of view of Decker, Delaney's best friend (and boyfriend), who pulled her out of the ice and is still haunted by her narrow escape from death. When Decker's father unexpectedly dies, he can't help but feel resentment toward Delaney, who knew what was coming but kept it to herself. Decker and Delaney's high school friends start to feel that a curse is following them around, with unexpected deaths and near-death experiences, flooding, vandalism, and more-and that Delaney (and her unexpected survival) is somehow at the center of it all. This book combines the mystery of Falcon Lake's strange happenings with realistic romance, as much of the book centers on the ups and downs of Decker and Delaney's relationship that will feel very true to life for many teens. While not as heavy on the supernatural elements as the first book, this is a satisfying follow-up, delving more deeply into the characters and the so-called "curse" of Falcon Lake.—Jenny Berggren, formerly at New York Public Library

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Walker & Company
Publication date:
Fracture Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

MEGAN MIRANDA is the author of Fracture and Hysteria. She spends a great deal of time thinking about the “why” and “how” of things, which leads her to get carried away daydreaming about the “what-ifs.” She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children.

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Vengeance 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Book_Sojourner More than 1 year ago
What a great sequel! And I definitely consider Vengeance a sequel and not a companion novel. If you haven't read Fracture yet, I highly recommend it. Vengeance picks up some months after Fracture left off, but this time around we get Decker's POV. I am so impressed with Vengeance. I liked it even more than Fracture. If I hadn't had family obligations, I could have easily read this in a day, and it still only took me two. I was completely caught up in this book, with Decker's struggles, with all the questions and mystery. Even when I was annoyed by Decker, I was still completely enthralled by the story. Characters: This is Decker's book and we get completely encompassed in his thoughts and actions. Decker is angry and confused and it shows. Despite Decker annoying me at times, I loved how he was written. It was so honest and reminded me of all the conflicting thoughts I had as a teenager (without Decker's particular drama). Delaney is a strong presence and I loved that, now that we aren't in her head, we don't automatically get to know why she's doing/done things. But her conflict and struggle is clear and I loved getting a new perspective on her. Through Decker's eyes we see even more of her strengths, which I really enjoyed. We also get more perspective and personality from D&D's group of friends. We get to know them a lot more here than we did in Fracture, due to Delaney's isolation, so it was really interesting to get Decker's view on everyone, whether that view was accurate or not, and see how everyone played off each other. The secondary characters really added a whole new level to the story. Storyline: We are continuing with the repercussions from Fracture, but the plot is multi-faceted. Decker and Delaney's relationship has hit very hard times. What I loved was getting to see how they are with each other now versus how they were in the past (with some well-played flashbacks). Watching Decker try to resolve all his mixed feelings and emotions when it came to Delaney was heart-breaking and sweet at the same time. Beyond D&D, we get the continuing mystery of the lake, the water, the "curse." There is an intensity and urgency to find out what is really going on. And beyond that, we get a whole lotta mess when it comes to D&D's friends. Everyone is struggling. And the hardest struggles are over Decker's dad's death and Carson's death. This is an intense story that gripped me throughout. Mystery: The ever-present mystery surrounding the lake since Delaney's accident plays a huge role, particularly since Troy's death. But here that mystery has been taken up a notch or five with some new unexplained incidents. The mystery was well-played here. Even as I was starting to figure things out, or thinking I was figuring things out, I was still constantly second-guessing myself. I was never completely confident in my opinions until it was completely obvious. I felt on the edge of my seat throughout. For me that is just great storytelling and great writing. Megan Miranda really nailed it for me. Bottom-line: I loved Vengeance and thought this sequel was even better than the first. Decker's POV was completely engaging and felt very authentic. The intermingling of personal loss, deep relationship issues, personal growth, and a well-played mystery, made this an exciting and engaging read. And the ending, the last lines, were just perfect. This is a fabulous read and I definitely recommend this series.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
5 stars -  Edgy and different, this one brings the idea of growing up and dealing with lives setbacks to a whole new level. First Impression...When I first saw this book, the cover of the lake was what I saw. I was taken back that it wasn't as compelling as the cover for Fracture.  Then they changed the cover for the paperback edition and I thought, oh I like that better.  But, truth be told,...this cover with the lake fits the books so much better. I was excited to read this one as I loved Fracture.  It a great example of stepping outside the box and making a book that stands above the rest. The Characters...The very best part of this book is Decker! This book is from his point of view. After reading from Dalaney's POV in the first book, I really enjoyed the change.  I wish my words could capture the feel of being in Decker's head.  He's dealing with a huge issue and being a jerk about it.  I get his side.  I love that he acts like a guy about things.  I liked that he kinda rambled through things trying to get his head straight.  It felt like he was growing as he figured things out.  I loved that about him and it made him very real.  Dalaney is still very much Dalaney.  I thought she was very patient with Decker. Hehe. The Story...It wasn't what I was expecting, it was better.  I loved that edgy feel of Fracture and this one had all of that and more.  I really think I enjoyed this one more that Fracture and I think the male POV was the reason.  Decker is beginning to believe that Falon Lake is after them.  What other explanation could there be?  As he tries to reassure others and deal with his own doubts, he must face even more struggles than he did in book one.  And now he must do it while trying to coming to terms with some very real problems.  The combination made this one seem very real but also on the edge of paranormal.  I really liked how the story toes the line between the two genres. The Writing... Megan Miranda's style in this series is perfect for the story.  It has a rambling poetic praise kinda feel to it and it fits the mood of Decker very well.  Certain things are restated in a poetic form and the darker elements were reminiscent of Poe.  I enjoyed it.  It was just what I needed - different. Could I put it down... I didn't want to put it down.  I seldom get to read a book straight through because of other responsibilities.  This is one I would have if I could have.  As I read, I was piecing it together.  Yes, I did figure it out but the slight paranormal aspect of Dalaney always had me on the edge of doubting myself.  As a result, I really wanted to know. In The End... I enjoyed this book a lot.  I needed the change as I've been reading a lot of heavy romance lately.  This was just what I needed.  If you enjoyed the first book in this series, then you really need to pick this one up too.  If you haven't started this series, give it a try.  It's different.  I like different.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and Netgalley.) This is book 2 in the ‘Fracture’ series. Delaney can still sense when people are sick or dying, but she really wishes she couldn’t. Decker meanwhile is starting to consider that the rumours about the lake being cursed might be true after all. Who will be the lake’s next victim? And is someone trying to kill Delaney? This book started off really good, but then dragged, and dragged, and dragged. I was surprised when I started reading this and realised that it was from Decker’s point of view, but I actually liked it, and it was interesting to see things from his perspective rather than Delaney’s. The storyline in this started off really good. For the first ~20% I was really loving this book. There was excitement, there was suspense, there were surprises, and I really didn’t want to put it down. Unfortunately though, from around the 20% mark it really started to drag. We did find out something interesting at the 26% point, but after that we didn’t find out anything interesting until the 66% mark, and then at the 86% mark. Between these points the book just dragged, and there was so much in there that didn’t need to be in there and didn’t move the story along at all. If this book had kept up the excitement of the first 20% throughout this would have been a five star book for me. The ending was okay, but I guessed really early on what was going on. Delaney said something that immediately made me think that a certain thing must have happened, but while I thought it obvious, Delaney didn’t consider it until right at the end of the book, which was pretty annoying. Overall, I did enjoy this book, but the way it dragged from the 20% mark really ruined it for me. If the book was cut down to things that actually moved the story along, this would have been much better. 7 out of 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading books where I can take something meaningful from different. This is one of those books, along with book one. It makes you reflect on life and death and to appreciate both for what they are. A very touching piece.
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This is a nook not a game so please stop the comments unless. its about the book, Thanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Austin... where are you?" LOL drama bugggg
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shot a random zombie and jumped ontop of a car scanning te area
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ruins of Atlanta, plagued by the undead. Wrecked cars make most streets unaccessable by vehicles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a zombie rp?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
* loads both his pistols and rifle*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
* he pulls out a shotgun* go away, austin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Not bad. How about you?"