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Some Act of Vision Paperback – September 17, 2013
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- WINNER of the National Readers' Choice Award (Young Adult category), Romance Writers of America
- "This was a great read, pulling the reader in from the very beginning... I was on pins and needles waiting for the shoe to drop because an invisible existence is one that, at some point, must be found out." - A Book Vacation
- "A gripping and enchanting tale of love and discovery. I want more!" ~Amy Plum, international bestselling author of the Die for Me series.
About the Author
Lori Ann Stephens grew up in a sprawling suburb of Dallas with a little red barn and goats in her back yard. Her earliest memory is being chased by the resident gander. She has suffered from big-city-envy ever since. Lori teaches at Southern Methodist University by day and writes whatever she fancies by night. Her debut novel, Song of the Orange Moons, was published in 2010. Guilty of tackling DIY projects with almost reckless optimism, Lori now lives with her very patient family in Plano, Texas.
Top customer reviews
While the dilemma of being invisible is an interesting concept, the heart of this novel is about family relationships and trust which this author beautifully illustrates. While living mostly in isolation, Jordan realizes her role within her family and how to trust her own instincts. Her loving relationship with Ethan, her younger brother, is especially heart warming.
The budding romance between invisible Jordan and handsome Caleb (who is blind) is absolutely perfect. Caleb’s disability proves not-so-much-a-disability at all. Very well done, Ms. Stephens!
There is plenty of action and suspense to keep the pages turning quickly as Jordan and her family fight to stay alive and to see each other again.
Stephens has created a cast of smart, lovable characters that propelled me through the pages. Jordan is endearing and, even though you root for her, she behaves in a way that's entirely believable for a teenage girl. She is both likable and flawed, which is something that you don't always see in YA heroines. More than the romance, the story is about Jordan herself and how she learns to take her place in the world. I can't wait for more from Stephens! Definitely an author to watch for.
It never ceases to amaze me when I know something's coming in a plot line, yet, the author still manages to surprise me, and that's exactly what happens in this novel. I knew about the invisibility due to the synopsis, but Stephens reveals it in such a way that it was still jarring for me, even though I was expecting it. As the reader, we're given both sides of the coin: how the family interacts prior to the quake, and how they cope after with the advent of invisibility, which was really intriguing for me as I felt like I got to know the characters on a deeper level, watching them struggle and come to terms with their new lives, and being surprised time and time again by the many twists in the story.
Another aspect of the novel that I enjoyed was the characterization, which is extremely well done; Jordan changes immensely throughout the duration of the story, and though at times her decisions, as well as those of her family, irked me to no end, this is what makes Jordan and her family extremely real. They struggle, they make mistakes, they yearn for what they can't have, and Stephen captures it all quite beautifully in this well written paranormal read. It's so easy, as the reader, to look in from the outside and point out every bad choice a character makes, which is what I ultimately did with Jordan, but when it's all said and done, I wouldn't change it for the world. Jordan definitely makes some bad decisions, but truthfully, I'd probably be doing the same if I were invisible and had no one to interact with aside from my family. So, I get it, even though I don't necessarily like all the ramifications.
The novel, overall, kept up a decent pace, thought on occasion there was some downtime that I could have done without, mainly, when Jordan walks up and down the beach. She spends a lot of time in her head trying to figure out her relationship, and while this definitely needs to happen, I'm more of an action lady myself. But, there is more than enough happening in the novel, and throughout much of the novel I was on pins and needles waiting for the shoe to drop because an invisible existence is one that, at some point, must be found out.
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A little supernatural, a little political, and a lot of family take the center of this book.Read more