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The first thing that comes to mind is "Yowza!" Even with the warning in the description, I was stunned when things took the right turn for Strangeville, rather than having a more mundane explanation offered up. Each time the setting changed, Christina developed the new setting quickly and with enough sensory information I could experience where the characters were with all my senses. Typically, even when I get "lost" in a book, I don't experience that level of immersion. It's usually more like a movie, rather than a personal experience.
In all of her work, Christina is an expert at bringing her characters to life. I don't mean just making them sound realistic, rather I mean along the lines of making the characters (good and bad) your long-lost friends whom you've missed horribly or have blessed the seconds they've been out of your life.
Throughout the tale, until things started resolving, telling who the real bad guy was proved to be an intriguing missed after missed educated guess. You knew it had to be a person, yet discovering who that was proved to be as elusive as figuring out if the tale was happening in reality or not - you kind of hope you don't find out, yet you really want to finish the dimensional view of the characters you keep glimpsing.
I think the pacing is really what sets this book apart from so many I've read recently. It's fast enough to keep Millennials reading, yet not so fast older generations would find the read exhausting. Even though the opening scenes may appear to be a touch on the slow side, they don't stay that way long. These scenes are merely the loading ramp for the roller coaster you have embarked upon as you enter the exciting, enthralling ride trapped between the covers.
So, Ms. McMullen, although an author I had never read before caught my eye with "Kind of Like Life". The story begins as if it is going to be a sweet tale of Renee, a sixteen year old girl who moves to a new town, and is fortunately able to make some really good friends in a short period of time. There is even a love interest that seems to have some potential. All is looking up for the new girl in town until some strange people attack her and her possible boyfriend in a local abandoned light house. When the dust has settled, she has met Blake, another sixteen year old who tells her that nothing that she is experiencing is real...
I won't tell any more of the story, but from that point on, the tale takes off in the most amazing directions. The characters are very believable and present their story with depth, leading you through the tale, building to a climax that leaves the reader breathless. It was very enjoyable to read and the only disappointment I had was that I became attached to the characters and wanted to know more about what happened after the book ended.
I could see "Kind of Like Life" as a successful film, but that's just my personal opinion.
I received a free copy of this book in a book promotion with no expectation that I would write a review.
The characters, Renee and Blake, kept me on my toes the whole time. They made me wonder how they could ever get out of this nightmare. They also had me smile and yes, cry too. They aren't perfect: Renee is some kind of recluse who doesn't feel at ease with people, and Blake hasn't had it easy with abusive parents. Together, they learn to trust each other and it all feels so natural.
'Kind of Like Life' is classified as science fiction and adventure, but it has a huge paranormal feel about it and I would most definitely recommend it to lovers of that genre.
I've never commented on a book cover before. This cover is beautiful. The colors and shading are perfect. I was pleased to learn at the end of the story that the author created the cover herself and the girl in the photo is a relative. Very nice.
The creative imagination and artistic ability of this author is not to be missed.