Monday, July 7, 2014

Prototype by M.D. Waters

From Goodreads:
The stunning debut that began with Archetype— and has readers buzzing—concludes in Prototype, when a woman’s dual pasts lock onto a collision course, threatening her present and future.

Emma looks forward to the day when she can let go of her past—both of them. After more than a year on the run, with clues to her parents’ whereabouts within her grasp, she may finally find a place to settle down. Start a new life. Maybe even create new memories with a new family.

But the past rises to haunt her and to make sure there’s nowhere on the planet she can hide. Declan Burke wants his wife back, and with a little manipulation and a lot of reward money, he’s got the entire world on his side. Except for the one man she dreads confronting the most: Noah Tucker.

Emma returns to face what she’s done but finds that the past isn’t the problem. It’s the present—and the future it represents. Noah has moved on and another woman is raising their daughter.

In the shocking conclusion to M.D. Waters’s spectacular debut, Emma battles for her life and her freedom, tearing down walls and ripping off masks to reveal the truth. She’s decided to play their game and prove she isn’t the woman they thought she was. Even if it means she winds up dead. Or worse, reborn.

My Take:
Another excellent novel from M.D. Waters. I fell into Emma's world on page one. It hasn't been too long since I read the first part of the story--Archetype--but I don't think that's why it was so easy to get lost in Waters book. Emma is wonderfully human. She is often confused and scared but has hope that if she keeps moving she will eventually find the peace and happiness she craves.

She makes mistakes, but she's willing to admit that. Because she loves Noah and Adrienne so much she's willing to do anything not to hurt them, even if it means giving them up again. Thank goodness Noah won't stand for that!

This book was hard to read in spots. Why? Because I was so emotionally entrenched that I was afraid to read what was going to happen. As an author I knew what the worst possible thing was that could happen to Emma. I knew that it was coming, but I didn't want it to. Who would be the one to betray Emma and destroy her delicate happiness? I actually put the book down and walked away for a few hours when I got there because I'd been on the edge of my seat so long I needed an emotional break. That's how good it is!

If I had to nit pick for something to complain about it would be the fact Emma doesn't use contractions when she talks. Maybe no one else did either. Maybe it was a clone thing. I don't know, but Emma's dialogue is the only place I found myself noticing that she never spoke in contractions. Other than that, I was completely lost in another person's life.

I give Prototype by M.D. Waters a 5 even though I did put it down, because I fell into her world seamlessly and my emotions were completely engaged. 

1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure


  1. Now I'm going to be looking at my own writing for contractions...

    1. It sounds silly, I know, but it was the only thing I noticed. :)

  2. I'll have to check out both of these books. Thanks for sharing this review.

  3. I actually once wrote a character that didn't use contractions. On purpose. But I may have edited that out later.

    Sounds like a great book.

  4. Wow, you know a book is good when it's hard to turn the pages for fear of what happens next. I have a series I quit reading because I was avoiding the inevitable death of my favorite character. :)

  5. Thanks for the review. I love it when I find second books as good as the first. I'll have to check out the series.


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