- File Size: 1385 KB
- Print Length: 174 pages
- Publisher: Fire and Ice Young Adult Books; First Edition edition (July 23, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 23, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M2E3IVK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #961,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Aimee is our heroine, who affects a standoffish goth persona in order to prevent people from touching her, physically and emotionally, it seems. But Aimee has a a curse and the second she touches anyone with her bare skin, their memories flood her mind. And she seems to have a propensity for touching/getting touched by some really really bad people. During the cafeteria bombing, in the ensuing chaos, she is touched by someone she can't see- and realizes that they are a sadistic, torturing murderer. What's worse, that person is now aware of Aimee, and aware that she knows. And she's on his list of special girls now...
This book is extremely dark for YA, and very bloody. I really felt that it might have been better aimed at an older audience, but I'm the mother of teens. I know what they watch on TV is even darker and sometimes more violent than this. For the majority, it's a very well written book with some plot twists that are quite clever. My grownup brain had trouble with the villain reveal- it just seemed a little cliche and too easy, but teens are going to gobble this book up like hot Cheetos. This will be an author to watch!
Mrs. Pickens's story of one girl's life as a seer is completely different than anything I've read before. She twists and plots this story keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Aimee is a girl hiding from the world and what she is. Just like every teenage girl she hates herself and the world she lives in, but none of that is really true, she's just been hiding from everyone and everything.
Forced out of hiding she must figure out who is killing you girls in her community before the killer finds her.
This is a great story, a wonderful read and I for one can't wait for the next installment to find out where this story will go next.
Well done, Mrs. Pickens.
Although she doesn't know who he is, she sees chilling scenes through his eyes. Aimee turns to her one and only friend Dejana, who convinces they need the help of Leah, a computer genius. Together, they start putting together the information that will bring them closer to the killer.
Aimee has the haunting feeling that her past is still lurking in the shadows. Is she feeling the killer or someone from her past? Pickens keeps you on your toes with suspense and twists and surprises the reader will never see coming.
This book indeed held my interest, and I had a hard time putting it down – but looked forward to picking it up again, like a treat. The author has teenagers pegged: their brattiness and snide senses of humor, their brutal honesty, and of course their bullying. There were also rare kindnesses, providing sweet spots in the narrative. The action moved briskly and the author provided a few tantalizing hints of whom the villain might be.
Sixteen year old Aimee protects herself from touch by dressing as a Goth in long black pants, long sleeve black shirts and black gloves. During her escape from the high school’s cafeteria following the explosion of a bomb in the room, her clothes are torn and she inadvertently makes skin contact with another student. This student is a butcher of young girls and the memories that flood Aimee’s mind are devastating. Worse, she has no idea who this boy is. Worse yet, he knows that she knows.
Aimee is faced with a conundrum: how can she find this person and how can she identify his victims without revisiting his terrifying memories. She is helped in her search by her one friend, Dejana, who is willing to overlook Aimee’s idiosyncrasies and who brings in another student to help in the search. During this time, Aimee is bewildered, flattered and ultimately warms to the attention paid her by Logan, a handsome young jock who wants to protect her from her demons and the killer who begins to stalk her. The author does a great job portraying a first love with its angst and tremulousness.
If there is anything of a drawback to this book, it is the fact that there was a great deal of narrative, particularly at the beginning. In other words, a lot of telling instead of showing, and there were areas where this repeated later in the book. The dialog is great, and I would have liked to see more of it as a way of telling the story.
That being said, this book was really enjoyable and the ending had a kicker of a twist. It kept me on the edge of my seat and since it is obvious from the ending there will be a sequel, I am looking forward to reading it!
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