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Sketchy (The Bea Catcher Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Olivia Samms
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Book Description

SKETCHY and SNITCH are right up there with the very best of YA fiction” – James Patterson, international bestselling author

Bea's life has been a mess ever since she got kicked out of private school and sent to rehab. Now clean, Bea is starting over at Packard High School, in a city shaken from two assaults on young women. The latest victim, Willa Pressman-the one who survived-doesn't remember a thing. But Bea has a disturbing new "skill": she can see-and then draw-images from other people's minds. And when she looks at Willa, Bea is shocked by what she sketches. Bea might be the only one who knows Willa's secrets-and who can take down the killer before he strikes again.

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         Book 2 in the Bea Catcher Chronicles Series
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From Publishers Weekly

Just out of rehab but still surrounded by a culture of middle-class substance abuse, Bea Washington manages to hold on to common sense and humor most of the time. It helps that she makes a gay best friend with chutzpah on her first day at a new high school. Chris’s blunt honesty contrasts with the posing and lies of most of the senior class, including homecoming queen Willa, who barely survived a brutal sexual assault and claims to remember nothing, but is pouring drugs into her own body at an alarming rate. Bea has a tool that might crack that facade: she can sketch images of what people are thinking (Bea’s drawings appear occasionally, courtesy of Dewey). Samms’s debut launches a series that promises to be a fresh breath in the crowded YA paranormal genre. Bea has a realistic voice that doesn’t shrink from the truth about her world—not just drugs, but sex, racism, bullying, and violence are tackled in the book—and her experiences hit home in the most genuine ways. March 2013

Product Details

  • File Size: 1723 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B52IQCQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Female Lead! April 27, 2013
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Sketchy by Olivia Samms is a winner! Finally, in a sea of awkward teen heroines, Bea stands out! Samms got it right when she imagined lead character, Bea, creating a truly unique girl. Bea is not your typical cookie cutter misfit. She is unapologetic but not glorified, flawed and saddled with a distinct voice, which maintains a consistent dialogue. Her reaction and actions clearly fit with the set up situations and behaviors. She's smart, chaotic, and a mess of sorts, but nothing is so over the top to make it unbelievable and by doing so, I believe a wide audience will be able to easily connect with the character. The support characters are also individually depicted and provide just enough for the mind to create a sharp image.

Sketchy is a prefect example of how character development enriches plot. It simply adds a dimension that elevates a good story to a great story. This one stuck with me because of the care obviously taken to maintain the honest tone, stay true to character development and the attention to detail. If a writer was to ask my advice on how to construct a misfit teen character that doesn't fall into the cliche culture we are being buried beneath, I would refer them to this particular book. The delineations are not huge, but just enough to separate it from the masses and own the originality.

Thematically and relevancy, the plot is multi-layered and takes on several topics/concerns without being overwhelming. Issues of drug abuse, recovery, and even rape are important elements, but they are delivered in a way that is neither too graphic or shocking. Using this approach does not diminish the seriousness, but rather approaches the subjects through a different form. I felt the heart of the issues, while at the same time being able to digest without shredding my sensitivities to abuse and rape.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacked execution April 30, 2013
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Bea's life has been a mess ever since she got kicked out of private school and sent to rehab. Now clean, Bea is starting over at Packard High School, in a city shaken from two assaults on young women. The latest victim, Willa Pressman survived but doesn't remember a thing.

Born into a family of artist's, Bea has always sketched. But something changed after she became clean. And with this new gift, Bea can visualize images images from other people's minds. Turning these images into sketches. After a run in with Willa, Bea is shocked at what she draws. Will her gift lead to catching the killer?

"Sketchy is a fresh, imaginative, and honest story that's almost impossible to put down: a page-burner that artfully combines suspense and the supernatural." -James Patterson

Sketchy does not feel like a new and refreshing novel. It felt like I had already read the book before I even got the chance to. Bea's gift is a take on psychometry. She can, 'draw the truth out of people'. Throughout the novel, there are actual sketches. But there are so few that they really detract from the book and feel like a gimic.

Honestly, after seeing the blurb from James Patterson, I should have stayed away. Sketchy comes off feeling extremely contrived. The plot was really predictable and very easy to figure out. The characterization didn't draw me in. With an abundance of dialogue you don't get a chance to create a connection with any of the characters.

For me, the only part of the book that felt genuine was the gritty world and the relationship between Bea and her parents. They were there for Bea and supported her throughout her rehab and afterward. The scene was a dark one filled with drugs, sex, rape and murder.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and well-written May 13, 2013
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Great book. I can see what others are saying about the dark nature, and there are other, equally good but also lighter, books like Minutes Before Sunset (Timely Death) for them. I guess I didn't mind the style or the edgy crudities - they felt right for Bea. She's unique in her abilities (an intriguing new kind, which everyone else also notes) but also unique in her very strong personality and willingness to look her life squarely in the eye. High school is rough, and despite the fact that most parents (yes, I'm one) believe it's their caring attention that gets kids through it, I like the idea that it's our toughness, too.
So, again, great book. A strong hook appears right in the beginning and the superb writing and interesting talent keep you moving.
Highly recommend.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A misstep with a great concept January 11, 2014
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I had high hopes for this book and it just didn't pan out. The concept was good, there were some compelling parts, but there were also so many things to pick at. An over-the-top main character on a constant alogical sugar high. Dialogue I could never imagine in the mouths of people. A creepy potential romance. Don't forget super sassy gay best friend from nowhere. A lot of people loved it, but I'm not sold. To me, Bea was more annoying than endearing and the coolness of her gift was overshadowed by the pretty standard murder mystery. Not to mention, Bea stolidly goes ahead investigating the rape of Willa Pressman despite Willa's violent opposition. Talk about taking all autonomy and empowerment away from the victim. Ignore all that, and it still had its entertaining moments. You get family dynamics, a close friend, a string of creepy rape-murders, and a relatively surprising conclusion. Unfortunately, the slew of downsides above was too much for me to really enjoy this read.

plot . 3/5
The plot itself wasn't too bad. It wasn't the twistiest, most innovative murder mystery I've ever read, but Samms did a pretty good job of creating an interesting criminal profile and an unexpected villain. Bea's gift is the saving grace of the plot. She can draw other people's thoughts, a new take on telepathy that was intriguing and put to good use as a plot device. Of course, it also gave her the ability to steal people's private thoughts, which leads to my least favorite plot point: Willa. Willa is one of the victims who escaped death. She recognizes her rapist, but for her own reasons, she's not talking. While Bea's desperation to save other young women is admirable and understandable, it's misguided.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely cringeworthy
Positively horrendous. The plot has no pace and unrealistic characters ruin all believability. Bea is no motivation for doing anything she does. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Zora Vi Lar
4.0 out of 5 stars Samms's story is an easy read that moves quickly & combines the...
Olivia Samms's "Sketchy" is a book that is anything but that. It's the story of Bea Washington who is recently released from a 3 month stint in a drug rehab unit. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul L.
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Published 3 months ago by Jerry Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
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Published 3 months ago by LauraElisabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 5 months ago by mudhead
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a fun read for and I intend to read more in ...
This was a fun read for and I intend to read more in this series. Sometimes these Young Adult books are fun for old adults too.
Published 5 months ago by Richard S. Cummings
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving and is easy to read
Very interesting book. Fast moving and is easy to read!
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a fun read
Published 8 months ago by J. W. Rowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I have never read a book about this type of story and I found it very interesting. I could put it doe because I wanted to k ow what was going to happen next.
Published 8 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book up read in a while
I wanted to try reading different book and this book caught my eye just form the cover. I brought both books and I cant wait to read the next one. really really good book
Published 9 months ago by james collier
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Raised in southern Michigan, I started writing stories as a young girl--I just didn't realize that was what I was doing. I built forts in the dense woods, grew gills under the water of small, muddy lakes, and created a fictional universe with a cast of colorful characters.

My active imagination prompted me--actually hurled, slammed me headfirst into acting and musical theatre, and after snatching up a degree from Cornell University, I took off running onto the streets of New York, acting and singing in off, off-off, and off-off-off Broadway shows, regional theaters, sang in Nashville and cried on soap operas. I now have chilled a bit, (maybe) and live in Los Angeles with my fabulous husband and two amazing children!

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