Undone by Peggy Martinez is the second novel in the time warper series. This book was a vast improvement from the first book that left me intrigued but unsatisfied.
Three months after Sage Hannigan time warps a hundred years into the past and saves the future, she is still trying to come to grips with all the she has gained… and all that she has lost. All of her searching hasn’t turned up the Cerberus Society or any creatures of the night, and she’s beginning to wonder if she’s gone crazy after all. The only things keeping her grounded are her sparring sessions with Matt and her weekly ritual of scouring the city for lowlifes to kick the crap out of, and even that can’t keep her dreams free of the heartache and bittersweet memories she has come to loathe and… to cherish. When blasts from the past—good, bad, and evil—come knocking on her door, will she be able to do what she has to even if it means having her barely healing heart ripped to shreds?
Undone gives a bigger, brighter, more clear picture of Sage Hannigan’s world. It still lacked the world-building and detail I prefer from an epic adventure, but I enjoyed the story arc of this novel. There was more character development and I was more invested in the characters and the story. I like Sage as the heroine and I feel like she’s still growing into her skin both as a character on the page and a character within the novel’s world.
The one thing that kept my attention in this book was the dynamic relationships between Soren and Aldwin. I’ve decided I’m team Soren. I loved how he was so terribly in love with someone who didn’t necessarily love him back. I enjoyed the scenes with Soren and Sage. There was tension that pulled me in and made me want more. Another interesting plot point was the return of Aldwin and the reveal of his true nature. I found his confessions of love but brooding actions confusing but intriguing. I want to know more. Why is he the way he is? Why can’t he just tell the truth?
The big negative from this book was the ending. There’s a difference between a twist and whiplash, and I felt like this story’s ending came way out of left field. I don’t understand why it would take such an abrupt turn, and the epilogue seemed more like a quick justification and wrap up than a progression of the story’s plot. I was disappointed. The build up toward the end had me flipping pages into the night and the story finally hit a steady groove for me only to cause a head-on collision with an explosive ending.
Despite my issues with the storytelling and the ending, I’ve come to love Martinez’s characters. I’m interested to see what happens next and I’m willing to stick it out.
Stars: 3 out of 5