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Charge (Electric) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 11, 2016
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The new science teacher at Bristol Academy, Taylor, was new to New York. She met Natalie who was an English teacher at the same school. Natalie invited Taylor to come with her to hang out with her brother and friends. Everyone became fast friends. The only one of the group that was different was a guy named Volt. Taylor thought he was hot but he was also a player. Volt thought she was cute but she gave him the impression that she wasn't into him.
Taylor was new to New York and didn't know her way around. She was standing on the sidewalk trying to read a map when Volt saw her from across the street. He felt bad for her and went over to see if she needed help. Her cellphone died so she was lost. She didn't even know her address. Volt helped Taylor get to the school because she knew how to get home from there.
Taylor hung out with the gang regularly but became best friends with Volt. It was easy for them to connect with each other because the pressure was off. They knew that they were only going to be friends.
Things changed after awhile. Volt and Taylor knew they cared about each other but couldn't admit it. Taylor tried dating looking for Mr. Right. Natalie talked her into getting on a dating site to find a date. Volt found out and flipped out. He didn't want Taylor with anyone but him but he never said a word to her.
Volt tried to stay busy helping Clay study for his SATS. Clay was so far behind in his learning abilities. Volt was very patient and really cared about this kid.
I get that its a tough market out there, but for Pete's sake, don't use people. If you say you're giving them a book, give them an actual 3- or even 5- act book. A cliffhanger on a weekly TV series is one thing. A pay-per-episode book is another.
So as for the book? (If you're cool with being cheated out of anything even resembling a resolution) then this is a totally addictive and fun read. I devoured it and I haven't done that in months. It actually broke my dry-spell of not finding a book that kept my interest long enough to finish. 'Charge' is simple, relatively lighthearted, and easy to read. There's not great complexity of characters and backstories, but thats a great part of the accessibility and readability. It's all about relationships (with a subplot on education that was clearly well-informed).
There's dastardly cheating with due outrage, a touch of vigilanty violence, and some sexually explicit material (but its handled with a blend of detail and class that is rare). Definitely for mature readers, but with nothing dark.
Will I read the next book? Shamefully, yes. Yes I will. I just gotta. But if this series ends up being an endless carrot-on-a-stick tactic, I'm finished picking up new books from this author.
Author: E. L. Todd
Publisher: Fallen Publishing
Series: Electric Series # 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Charge" by E. L. Todd
This was another amazingly good read by this author. You will be able to tell this will be another series that will keep you turning the pages to see what is up between Volt and Taylor. There are a few other characters that will keep your attention that helps give this story a well developed plot. I can't wait to see what will happen when Taylor finds out about her two best friends. I will leave it at that and just say "Charge' ends with a cliffhanger so we will have to pick up the next series...'Spark' to find out more about this delicious story.