Five years after being kidnapped, Elian's captor sends him into the mall--with a bomb strapped to his chest.Across the mall is Maya, a girl whose crippling anxiety holds her prisoner in its own way. Whether it's chance or fate, Maya keeps Eli from ending them all. And now nothing is the same. Drawn together by their dark pasts, Maya and Eli know it takes only seconds for the...
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Any Second Reviews
This book, a YA from the author of The Dark Star series, came to our reading group from the author - many thanks!
And when I say “many thanks,” what I really mean is, “Oh my god, thanks for keeping me in a state of pure tension and constant worry throughout the entire book.” Kevin Emerson really knows how to maintain such a high state of tension that the reader feels like she can’t exhale for a moment.
Then there were the feels: such sorrow for both Eli & Maya, and fury for what they had to e ...more
I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much.
The premise of this book sounded super interesting and I immediately wanted to try and get an ARC of it. I dived into it as soon as I finished the behemoth book Kingdom of Ash.
It started off pretty great, you get Eli who gets sent into the DOL to blow it up, and it goes from there. Most of the book deals with how Eli and Maye each deal with their own forms of PTSD from the situation, and for me ...more
“If we really are this close to the edge all the time, then we have to be the ones to see each other and forgive each other and accept each other like there is literally no tomorrow...”
What happens after surviving an almost mall bombing? #YAlit #PageTurner #TwoPOVs #AnySecond ...more
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
Really giving this about 3.75-4 stars
The beginning and ending were amazing but the middle just lacked something. Like how old are these kids at the dance (that was the thought, I know how old they were supposed to be) so how were there no chaperones?!? I just found myself rolling my eyes at a few things in the middle.
That being said the rest was very well done and handled. My heart hurt for what Eli and Maya had both been through and a ...more
This was not your typical love story. Imagine if Edward and Bella meet Katniss and Peeta. Mayhem will break loose. That is the exact feeling while reading this book. This is by far the darkest love story I have previewed but that is what made this story really addicting and it just kept pulling me in so hard that I finished previewing this book in less than 20 minutes. An extravagant novel so well written that it keeps wanting you to read more and never stop. What made this story be so great is ...more
Razor sharp suspense paired with deeply emotional turmoil that keeps the reader on edge till the end.
“The man was only known as Gabriel. Domestic terrorist. Child abductor. Tormentor. And among his family: Son of a bitch.”
It’s been five long, hard years since Eli was taken. Abducted. Brainwashed and fed with delusional propaganda while nourished at times on dog food. He slept on wooden floorboards and heard his sister being tormented upstairs. The garden hose was the worst…
Miraculously, on th ...more
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.
"Any Second" by Kevin Emerson is a standalone young adult psychological thriller that holds you captive right from the beginning, yes, pun intended. Eli Martinez has been held captive for years and tortured physically, sexually, and mentally. His captor releases him in the middle of a crowded mall with a bomb strapped to him.
Maya Abrams is at the mall too. Her father wants to get an updated license picture to ...more
This book was amazing and such a realistic portrayal of two very damaged young people. I’m still thinking about it weeks after I finished it. It was very powerful in its portrayal of anxiety and PTSD and how you can sometime find solace in unlikely friendships.
When we first meet Maya, she is already a bit of a mess. Her experience with Eli in the mall just makes her anxiety worse, and because of her anxiety and later her PTSD, she can’t accept how truly brave and strong she is. I liked that she ...more