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Pull Paperback – February 16, 2016
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Gr 9 Up-Rosie cannot believe her grandfather's cancer took him so quickly. She does not have time to come to grips with the fact that he would not be a part of her life anymore. Nor can she prepare herself for the impact his dying words will have on her life. "My talent is yours, dear girl. Take it and conquer." She cannot help but wonder what her grandfather meant by that. Then Rosie experiences "the pull," which is what occurs when time is rewound so that an event can be altered. Rosie gains some information from Albert, a librarian whom seems to hold all the answers and who is always present when weird things happen. With Albert and his crew, Rosie learns the truth about time manipulation, demons, and herself. However, the Mortiferi, the demons they must fight, seem to be hunting them and Rosie's family. Rosie must decide who she can trust to get her and her family out of this alive. VERDICT Riley seamlessly introduces readers to a world where you can change the past. Teens will enjoy this journey of a girl who must handle death, addiction, heartbreak, love, friendship, and adventure.-Jessica Strefling, US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
Anne Riley is an author of young adult fiction cleverly disguised as a high school Spanish teacher. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her family. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Anne enjoys playing with her kids and reading novels that become part of her soul. She’s also really great at pretending to clean her house and putting off the laundry until it overtakes an entire room. Anne is not good at sports, despite having played volleyball for four years of her life, but she is a very talented coffee-maker. You can connect with her online at annerileybooks.com.
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Albert has a special ability, something that's badly needed as a group of aggressive guys are attacking people both randomly and organized. Rosie is one of their targets, but she doesn't know why. She's doing everything she can to keep her brother safe, but he's made friends with the wrong people. Two of the muggers are trying to make him one of them. Will Rosie and Albert be able to prevent more tragedy from happening to Rosie's family?
Rosie's holiday in London isn't a happy one. First her grandfather passes away, then her boyfriend breaks up with her and her brother is in trouble. She's strong and determined to do everything she can to make things better. I liked that about her. Albert and his friends have interesting abilities and they're both caring and tough. The main characters are all interesting. I couldn't wait to find out more about the secrets Rosie's grandfather managed to keep from his family. Slowly Rosie's learning more about him and also about herself.
Pull has a spectacular finale and a sweet ending. It's an amazing story with a lot of action. There's an influx of criminal activity and Albert and his friends are trying to find out why. Pull is a book about a handy supernatural power that saves a lot of lives. There's a battle between good and evil. There are a lot of bad guys, but not that many good ones who can deal with them. The good guys have to be smart and they have to work hard, because people with their ability are rare. The idea of the abilities and the battle Rosie and Albert are fighting is great and the execution is really good. I liked this wonderful story very much.
The plot of this book was so exciting. I felt like there was never a dull moment. The non-stop action in this book left my heart racing numerous times. The beginning of the book was quite sad, which I didn't like. However, I understood that it was necessary for the plot.
Learning about the "pull" was just so interesting. I thought Riley did a great job weaving information about the "pull" in the book without it feeling like a info dump. I actually would still like to learn more about the "pull"!
Riley also did such a great job with the characters in this book. I thought the main character, Rosie, was phenomenal. She was caring, funny, and smart. I loved how she didn't put up with anyone trying to "protect" her from secrets. It was so nice to see her stand up for herself, but never be a bitch. I also liked the cast of side characters. Isaac, Dan, Casey, and Albert quickly became characters that I fell in love with. They were all so loyal to each other, and it was easy to see how much they cared about each other. I liked it whenever Rosie interacted with them. Riley did a great job at creating a diverse set of characters with their own unique personality.
Speaking of characters, I was so excited that Riley involved Rosie's family in this book. It was so nice to have a YA book where the family was actually around and played a roll in the book! The only person that annoyed me in Rosie's family was her brother. I understood that he was going through a really tough time, but I just wanted to shake him sometimes. That kind of took away from my enjoyment of the book at times. However, I am glad that by the end of the book, he seemed to have a change of heart.
The romance in this book was great. Albert was so swoon worthy. I seriously want my own Albert. He was funny, charming, adorable, and all around perfect. His scenes with Rosie were great. They had so much chemistry together, which lead to some great banter. What I loved about the romance between Albert and Rosie was that IT WASN'T INSTA LOVE. THANK YOU RILEY. THANK YOU!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I thought it was a fun and addictive read. I would highly recommend this book to everyone and anyone who is looking for a new YA fantasy to read.
4.5 / 5 Fangs
*This ebook was given to me in exchange for a honest review. *
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I read the synopsis for PULL and was like "Ooh hello! A YA sci-fi, time travel book with a guy called Albert all set in Victorian London?Read more