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Melancholy: Book Two of The Cure

(The Cure #2)

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Here in the west they know a lot about hope. They know how to ration it just as they do with food and water.

Josephine is at last free of the blood moon. But in a desperate rush to find help for a comatose Luke, she discovers the strange and dangerous world of the resistance, and it is unlike any world Josi has known.

In the west they believe in fury – they cultivate and enc
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Published June 11th 2015 by Momentum (Pan Macmillan) (first published April 9th 2015)
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Liz Barnsley
So for me, Fury was one of the stand out books I read last year in that it stayed with me for ages after reading it and when I noticed Melancholy (Episode One) available on Netgalley I immediately remembered everthing about Fury including all the nuances. So to say I was excited to read the next part would be putting it mildly.

Melancholy is great. Really great. At the end of Fury, Luke was down and Josephine was in a difficult positon - having survived the Blood Moon she ends up away from the ci
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Lekeisha The Booknerd
I think I need to go to the hospital and get my heart checked. This book just ripped it to shreds and put it back together. Jesus Christ!! *full review to come*

*update*
This review was originally posted on my blog

My heart was ripped to shreds and put back together while I was reading this book. I can’t even explain the emotions that I went through – there are just no words. I love this book even more than the first book, which I didn’t think was possible. Needless to say, I need the next book rig
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Tonyalee
t's been some time since I had read Fury, and honestly, I was nervous about heading into book two without a re-read. There was a lot that happened in Fury and I was hoping I would be able to remember the small details. Especially since Charlotte does such amazing work at foreshadowing, I didn't want to feel left behind and blind. But fear not, because things came back to me quickly and again, thanks to Charlotte's amazing writing, she intricately weaved in the details without a huge recap. It wa ...more
Chelsea
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Thoughts When I Finished:

After devouring the first book I immediately went on to reading this one. I think this might be one of those rare case where book two is better than the first book because I couldn't put it down!

What I Loved:

I love how great the author is at character development. Josi can be strong minded sometimes but she's mostly weak. Physically and mentally. Her fury is the only thing that drives her. She grows so
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Sasha Hibbs
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Pan Macmillin for sending me Melancholy!

I don't know what to say. I finished this last night at 3AM. I just couldn't stop. Ms. McConaghy has such a way with her prose. It's lyrical. It's beautiful. It's poetic. And I truly cannot write a review great enough to do her work justice.

Is it the Dystopian society she builds that holds me captive? No. While I love it, it's the characters Ms. McConaghy writes that captures me and will not let me go. I cannot emphasize enough the amazing leve
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Maureen
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian, romance
After I read the first book in the Cure series called ‘Fury’, I knew I needed to start reading the second book ‘Melancholy’ as fast as I could. I loved ‘Fury’ and I really wanted to know what would happen next with Josephine and Luke. So I cleared my reading schedule and began reading as fast as I could.

‘Melancholy’ is another great book by Charlotte McConaghy. Men.. I really love this series! I devoured the pages of ‘Fury’, and with ‘Melancholy’ it was really the same. From the moment I started
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Lekeisha The Booknerd
What a cliff hanger! I'm not reading another episode. I just want the omnibus edition next month. 4.5 Stars *full review to come*

*Update*
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It’s so great to get back into this story! I love Josi and Luke, even though they aren’t seeing eye to eye right now. This episode ends with a major cliff hanger, which was expected. I’m just not going to read the other episodes, I’ll wait for the omnibus edition to release next month.

This story picks right back up at the e
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Liz Barnsley
I love this series. Melancholy has also been released in episodes and I had actually read Episode One so when I received the omnibus edition via netgalley I was so excited - skipping past the part I had already read I jumped straight back into the story and re-entered Josie and Luke's world.

The basic idea behind The Cure series is a world in which the government have erased our anger, creating a society of drones who gently go about their business. Things have inadvertantly arisen because of thi
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Dana
I think I should have waited for the omnibus edition, now having read the other two episodes I would rate the omnibus edition 5 stars. I found this episode slower to get into but by the end of all three I was just as blown away as I was after Fury.... Read on people.
Tim Mercer
Solid 4 stars. This expands and explains Raven's behaviour in the previous book which finally makes sense however I have some unresolved questions around Luke but I will have to read the next for that answer. Dammit I love and hate cliffhangers!

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Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
Actual rating 3.5 stars. Review to come soon!!!
Sasha Hibbs
Thank you Pan Macmillin for sending me Melancholy!

I don't know what to say. I finished this last night at 3AM. I just couldn't stop. Ms. McConaghy has such a way with her prose. It's lyrical. It's beautiful. It's poetic. And I truly cannot write a review great enough to do her work justice.

Is it the Dystopian society she builds that holds me captive? No. While I love it, it's the characters Ms. McConaghy writes that captures me and will not let me go. I cannot emphasize enough the amazing leve
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Amy Softa
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

I absolutely loved Fury, book one in this series, and was so excited when I stumbled across book two being offered over at Net Galley that I instantly put in a request despite the several other reviews I had waiting. Melancholy is a great second book, and while my affections for this one have not diminished, the pacing was a bit off in the first half and is reflected in my star count. There are still the great questi
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Book One, Fury, was a surprising favorite for me last year. The story was full of mystery, different in an interesting way, and certainly the antidote to the rash of saccharine dystopians popular at the time. Book Two, Melancholy, eschews the mystery and worldbuilding in favor of humorous snark and a larger cast of (for the most part) interesting characters. But at the same time, it feels very much like the sophomore
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Bobbie Stanley
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
As excited as I was to get started with the second installment in the series, I felt like it took a long time for the story to really get started in this one. On one hand, I totally get it. Melancholy, by definition, is pensive, slow, and lethargic. In essence, the start of the novel embodied the feeling it was named after. However, that doesn't mean that part of it was great fun to read. I felt like it dragged quite a lot and it took me longer to get through the first half of this one than it d ...more
Online Eccentric Librarian
Book One, Fury, was a surprising favorite for me last year. The story was full of mystery, different in an interesting way, and certainly the antidote to the rash of saccharine dystopians popular at the time. Book Two, Melancholy, eschews the mystery and worldbuilding in favor of humorous snark and a larger cast of (for the most part) interesting characters. But at the same time, it feels very much like the sophomore in the series – a ‘between’ book padded with a few extra side plots in order to ...more
Erin
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Melancholy picks up right where we left off in "Fury" with Josi having saved Luke from the asylum and taken him back to the resistance camp in the West. The story is beautifully told, and while book one was more focused on world building, this novel focuses more on the relationship of Luke and Josephine. While most teen angst novels bore me, this one had me devouring the book and becoming deeply invested in these two crazy kids w
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Ria
Full review @http://www.abookishescape.com/2015/07...

That ending!! My blood pressure rose to the top! I cannot recommend this series enough! We see some major character development. Both Luke and Josi go through a transformation. I don’t want to leave out the side characters though, they were all amazing. Even the “bad guy” was good! My heart broke for her situation. So many things happen and we learn so much about this misguided new world I gobbled up each and every word. No sophomore slump her
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Krista
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Fury... I loved Episode One of Melancholy. The ending of this.... my gosh. Cliffhanger, no doubt.

The tension between Luke and Josi somewhat grated my nerves a bit, but that was to be expected, given what he put her through. I love strong female characters, so I love Josi (Dual?) and her super human emotional sarcasti-assness but I wish we can start to see her really get into some of this badassery physical stuff that is there somewhere. (Maybe let lose on Raven or something?!) I had to l
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Simon Vandereecken
Thanks to Netgalley for giving me the chance to review this book

Unfortunately I didn't get much into Melancholy. While the storyline seems a bit interesting, I was more than bored with the behavior of Josephine the main character who I found to be a bit whiny all the time. Having a woman as primary character is nice, but here she constantly whines all the time, complaints and basically well... sleeps all day.

I know it's only the part one, but still we wait during the whole book for something to
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Marissa
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it
i don't know how to describe what I'm feeling about this book and series really... there is a part of me that is not into all the swearing, just because, the vulgar nature of many of the scenes... I often just felt like rolling my eyes and walking away. But then the story, or rather, the lives of a few of the characters would gnaw at me and I had to go back to reading it... hmmm should I finish the series? ...more
Shutupshabby
Apr 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
*** Copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review ***

I couldn't finish this book.

I tried hard, Really hard, but only got to 38 %. I was bored, so bored. By the story, by the characters, by all of it. And I wish this wasnt the case because the previous book had such good feedback, I wanted to love this.
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Melinda Crumblin
Oh wow!! I thought I knew who the villain was but I was wrong. This book had me hooked, I read it in almost one sitting. Just as enjoyable as book 1 but made me a lot sadder I think. Taking a break before book 3 as its a bit heavy going. Loving the Aussie slang that features too, I wish it was clearly set in Australia.
Cathryn
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Is it possible that Melancholy, Book 2 of The Cure, will be better than Fury? Episode 1 had me hooked from the start. It was so great to be back in the world of Josi and Luke. Can't wait for the next episode!!!
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Rhia Parker
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was so excited to see that the next in this amazing series has come out! And it's just as gripping and heart-aching as Fury... Set in the West with a focus on the resistance, it's ever more complex and refined plot kept me hooked. A must! ...more
Angie
I love the concept of this world, but I haven't read any of hte previous Episodes and I don't recommend starting anywhere but the beginning. It's really interesting, but confusing having 0 knowledge of the characters backstories and plot.

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Jo Carey
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book one was good - but I have really enjoyed book 2!!

I was so much more invested in the characters and the story this time, and everything else this weekend has been put to the side.

Probably safe to say that should book 3 be as captivating, this week will also be put on hold!
Iffet Burton
I loved it all the way through to the end and then I had to buy the next one immediately and start reading. Its sense of mystery through the unusual multiple perspectives style keeps you hooked just to try and figure out what's going on. ...more
Dana
Arrrhhh why must good books end? Read now people.
Cassey Banks
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riveting with suspense and hope

I loved Fury and this book did not disappoint in following. Waiting for the next book will be pure torture!
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