Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Connected Review + #Giveaway

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Kat Stiles

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Release Date: June 3, 2015
Publisher:  Wild Child Publishing

ISBN: 9781617981555
Pages: 305

Goodreads Rating:  4.40
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:

High school is hard enough, Em knows. Her freshman year introduced her to all the cliques, annoying teachers, and tough homework assignments. But discovering you have super powers and not knowing how to control them is a whole new level of complicated.

Thankfully, Em isn't alone. Her best friend Roz starts having unusual dreams that come true, and Tommy, Em's secret crush, can hear the softest whispers in class.

A romance blossoms with Tommy. But just as things are looking up, people start dropping like flies. A telepathic serial killer is on the loose and only Em and her friends have a hope of stopping him.

Or do they? If they don't figure out the killer's identity soon, one of them could be next.​


My Take on the Book:

Holy fudge cakes and brownies. I always try to write a review immediately after reading a book. There's just something about expressing my reactions and my feelings about a book to you readers immediately after while everything I'm feeling is still fresh. But I have a feeling, but even had I waited to write this review my emotions would be just as fresh.

I absolutely adored this book I loved the romance between Tommy and Emily and the friendship between Emily and Roz. It was such a sweet story but it had such a gritty truth. Yes there were some supernatural aspects what with with mostly everybody having some sort of power but the underlying issues were very real.

In the story we are introduced to a very damaged girl, someone that is ridiculed and bullied. But she rises above all of that and becomes a strong independent character someone you're rooting for. It doesn't hurt the story that she has such an amazing supporting cast. I really enjoyed each character and how thought out they were, their back stories and how their powers are interwoven into their lives. There a few characters I would like to know more about and hopefully this isn't a one shot book and that it is part of a series so that I can read more about this world.

I've got to give major kudos to the author for helping to create a world that was so easy for me to immerse myself in. It led me to the daunting task of precariously balancing a bowl of soup and my Kindle on my lap since I was unable to stop myself from reading. Sure it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize I should have sat at the table but hey I'm sick what do you expect from me. Even so, I don't think I took more than a ten minute break from this book at a time it was just that good.

Tommy is the kind of love intrest that you root for. He's a good guy, though severely misunderstood. But throughout the book you see what a good influence he is on Emily and how he helps raise her self esteem and self worth. While Roz is your typical awesome beautiful best friend. She wants nothing more then to see her friend Emily happy. She's just a whole heartedly good person. Another character I found really intriguing was Lauren, Emily's older sister, there's more to her than we get to read about and I really hope that if this is part of a series that we get a little more in-depth characterization of her.

5 Quills

Truthfully, there is a bit of predictability, you kind of know who the antagonist of the story really is but there's so much more going on that it's okay. You may find yourself a little annoyed at how slow the characters are in discovering the truth in multiple situations but you remember with everything that's going on in their lives and the fact that they are just high school students, that there isn't much you can expect. 

I wholeheartedly recommend that you all stop reading this review and pick up your copy of Connected because it's a read that is definitely worth your time and money.

About The Author

Kat Stiles is a super hero geek at heart. She grew up watching Spiderman, X-men and Superfriends cartoons, and she loved the idea of having super powers. The superhero movies that came out delighted her; even the bad ones were still so much fun. And she remembers wishing the series, “Heroes” would go on forever. With Connected, she tried to keep the abilities as organic as possible – something just a little beyond what a normal human can do. She’s met some pretty incredible people in her life, and her experiences greatly influenced the writing of Connected.

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