Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Freed is the sequel to Stephie Walls's Bound, and you'll be happy to know that I wasn't feeling as torn about this second book in the Bound duet as I did the first. That means that I know exactly how this story and some of its characters made me feel. Unfortunately, that can be summed up in two words: NOT GOOD. I confess, I went into this sequel already having some negative feelings about its predecessor. I'm sorry, but I couldn't help it, especially since we have the same core set of main characters that are continuing a story that I wasn't a fan of already. I'm not saying that I didn't like Walls's writing. Her quality of writing is different from the story she's telling, and I can separate those two before looking at everything as a whole before giving my final verdict on this second in a series.
Annie Teasman is someone I would probably never be friends with. I didn't like her all that much in the first book, and in this second book, that original opinion I had of her no longer wavered--it was cemented. She has an addictive personality and it seems that she's constantly addicted to things and people that she knows are bad for her. She isn't a child, and while I know breaking free from addiction in any form isn't easy, it can be done. Did Annie break free? You can pretty much tell from the title of book two that she did, but goodness, did it feel like forever. And remember when I mentioned Brett Ryann in my review for Bound? He was the saving grace yet again here, and he's the only reason I held on until the end. He has my sympathies for being with Annie. Freed gets two stars. ♥
Read my review for the Bound series:
Bound (book one) - three stars - My Review
Freed (book two) - two stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 10 May 2017
Date Read: 19 April 2017
Learn more about Stephie Walls.
Purchase Freed on Amazon.