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"a surprisingly fresh paranormal romance" ~ Kirkus Reviews
"themes of supernatural forces, burgeoning love, tragedy... are interwoven nicely" ~ The BookLife Prize in Fiction
"an inventive mix of the everyday and the fantastic" ~ SPR
B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
"as mysterious as Jes's past, but equally exciting to uncover. It had me reaching out for the second part the moment I read the last word." ~ Reader's Favorite
What Amazon Reviewers are saying:
"Adults and teens will find this novel wonderful and beautifully written, captivating and exciting."
"has aliens, intrigue, and the love of family. Can't wait for the next part"
"I could not stop reading this book"
"characters were complex and well developed, and the plot was intriguing from the beginning"
"What a surprise! What seemed like a teen coming of age book just knocked my socks off!"
"Roswell and sci fi fans will love this book"
From the Author
- ASIN : B01LXKOJSU
- Publisher : Dirt Road Books (September 19, 2016)
- Publication date : September 19, 2016
- Language: : English
- File size : 1056 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 281 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #236,735 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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This ‘coming of age’ (with a twist) book follows a period in the life of Jessica Ray Delaney, a 15-year-old as she and her family return to her adoptive mother’s home town of Credence, Alabama after numerous and often abrupt unexplained moves. (Her adoption had followed her being found under strange conditions by her adoptive father at 4 years of age). Her life appears to be filled with the numerous challenges of a teen entering a new school with its already structured social groups, bullies and all. However, her problems are exacerbated by the fact that her parents although loving, seem to emphasize the adoptive fact and she also worries about her adoptive father’s health problems. She is close to her Aunt Charlie’s daughter Bailey and is attracted to her Aunt’s son and popular football player Pade which is the source of further bullying. This fact, associated with another relationship that she gradually develops with Chase, a new boy in town whose mother is Jes’s English teacher gradually gains increasing importance as the tale unfolds and the reader learns more about Chase, his mother, Jes’s earlier history and her family attachments. Of further importance are her dreams and return of memory of her early life. Unfortunately, much of this material had been known by her adoptive mother and father but had not been revealed to her because they had been told by counselors not to do so because her mind eventually would supply the facts. The ending is acceptable for the plot and provides an easy entré to the next volume in the series.
Discussion: This is a rather complex story with acceptable ‘other worldly’ overtones that should be most enjoyable for young adult readers and for the reader who is less pragmatically inclined. For these latter individuals, regrettably there are far too many unexplained actions and unresolved issues other than the ‘other worldly’ matter which is, to reiterate, acceptable and interesting.
CC takes on an issue that is rampant in the country – children and teenagers who have been abandoned by birth parent(s) for one reason or another, the displacement in the revolving foster home situations, adoption with all the aspects of that process and life style presented in story form – and to this series of navigational stumbles she has created a story that rings true and adds an additional flavor of science fiction to the pot.
In her opening chapter CC manages to offer the heart of our main character Jes - ‘I’d heard it all before. Every city had a good and bad side, even though the fear that brought us to Atlanta had not faded from my mind. Next would come the speech about how he’d find another job that better suited his skill set, he was thankful Mom worked all those extra hours at the Waffle House, and of course their kids were healthy. Lucky us, but he never said what he was really thinking. Someone had found out about me.’
But on to the strange but very satisfying story: ‘Her real parents abandoned her. Her adoptive parents force her to lie. If only she could tell the truth without having to move again. Jes Delaney can't remember anything before she was found at four, barefoot in the headlights of an old Ford. At fifteen, she has adjusted to moving without notice and never fitting in, but everything changes with her adoptive mom's hometown. There Jes falls for her mom's nephew, a love she hides when his betrayal leaves her isolated and driven to unravel the past. After Jes befriends a strange new student, she discovers an unbelievable secret: he's from another planet and searching for a missing girl that just might be her. As Jes will learn, truth comes at a cost, but will she give up love to find out?’
Great dialogue – both spoken and internal – makes this little book a rapid and enjoyable read. The manner in which CC Bolick brings this Book 1 to a close invites our attention to follow her line of thought in her future books. Grady Harp, December 16
Top reviews from other countries
Unfortunately, the story itself had issues. The story makes a big issue about Jes not being able to remember events from before she was found at age 4 - umm, most people don't remember stuff from this age. It's normal...
The story started with Jes's parents packing them up in the middle of the night to leave their home because someone had 'found out' about Jes. Only they then go to the mother's sister's house and tell everyone where they have just come from. They also tell everyone who will listen that Jes is adopted. Not actions of someone who'd pack out and leave in the middle of the night without telling people.
Next, Jes's cousin who she apparently met one during a previous Christmas, acts like they've been best friends for like ages. Again, this doesn't fit with someone hiding their identity. There were other elements in the contemporary side of the story that just didn't gel for me.
Events happened without any real drive to the story. The romantic interest slutted around with every girl who walked passed him, seemingly for the sole purpose of creating tension in the story, but it left me with zero interest in their relationship.
I was left disappointed and confused (about the contemporary story element). The writing style showed a lot of promise, but the story didn't even end satisfactorily. Very few of the story's questions were answered and I wasn't hooked enough to buy the sequel to find out what happens.