Unforsaken is a companion book that continues the story of Banished, but it stands on its own too--the first book would be helpful background, but it's not necessary to have read it to enjoy the second. Sixteen-year-old Hailey starts the story trying to hang out with "normal" high school girls whose idea of a fun evening is partying with older guys. But when one of the girls is injured falling through a glass table after drinking too much, Hailey is unable to hide her true identity as a healer, who, if she misuses her powers, can turn people on the verge of death into zombies. The high schoolers are quickly left behind as Hailey's journey to save her family with boyfriend Kaz begins. Theirs is a supportive and slow-moving relationship. Hailey learns the value of family, and by the end of the story even feels compelled to use her powers to save her birth father from death, even though he has been nothing but despicable to her. The teen interaction in Unforsaken is pretty wholesome, with some heavy kissing, and language is almost non-existent (very limited use of a-s, b-tch). The particularly faint of heart may not appreciate the descriptions of the zombies' state-of-being, or of some of the characters who require Hailey's healing services, but for those who are okay with a bit of the gross-out, this will be a fast-paced and fun read.