Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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13418925Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

 

Due to a busy first of the year schedule, I’m writing this review a few weeks after I actually read it. So…IF for some reason I don’t get across how much I flippin ADORED this book…please note that I did and that you should go out and buy it right this second [=

 

Don’t Look Back was SO good and so unlike anything that Jennifer L. Armentrout has ever written before. The plot was action packed and suspenseful, the characters were spot on, and my heart rate went sky high several times. I don’t know where my obsession with YA mystery books came from, but I am LOVING them! This book was just so damn good. I don’t even know how to write that a million times without rambling on.

I was instantaneously hooked on Don’t Look Back from the very beginning of the book when Sam walks around town, covered in blood, with no memory of who she is or her past life. That right there should convince you to read this book. And it only gets better from there. I loved that Sam had no memory whatsoever. I loved finding clues with her and trying to figure out what happened to Cassie. It was so much fun! I felt like I was in a game of clue. “This person did it in that room with that object” Yeah…that’s how I felt. It was awesome.

And let’s not forget Carson Ortiz, a.k.a hottie mc hottie. Oh my goodness. I’ve always loved the male characters that Armentrout creates, and Carson was no different. Was he as perfect as Daemon from the Lux series? No, but I don’t think many males (fictional or real) could be. But Carson was pretty damn close. And I LOVED him. And oh my goodness to the steamy scenes. I felt myself blushing more than once or twice. I loved them together! And YES for no love triangles!

Honestly, I had no idea what happened to Cassie until the very last couple chapters. My mind was BLOWN from what happened. Just BLOWN. I seen it coming at the very end, but I never would have guessed that any other time during the book. And I LOVED the way that it played out and who came to the rescue. I’m trying so hard not to give any spoilers away! Let’s leave it with me saying that I was an emotional wreck at the end of this book.

I loved this book. I thought it was absolutely 100% amazing. I loved every single thing about it. Unfortunately, I think that it’s a standalone? I’m not really sure. I just want more Sam and Carson!

 

Go out and buy this book RIGHT. NOW!

 

Pages: 372

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Publication Date: April 15th, 2014

Rating: [rating: 5]

 

Teaser Quote (1): ” I swallowed. “More ice cream?”

A lopsided grin stretched across his lips. “Sure.”

Part of my brain just clicked off. Placing my hands on the edge of the bar, I leaned forward and stopped thinking about everything other than the electric feeling he created with the simplest touch. I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing, but my body took the lead. My pulse thrummed, and my heart soared when his hand slid to my cheek.

This was wrong, but it also felt so incredibly right.

 

Teaser Quote (2)

“I can’t believe you’re actually here,” he admitted, the tops of his cheeks flushed. “That you are with me.”

A good kind of burn moved up my throat. “I can’t believe it took me this long to be here with you.”