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- File Size : 3839 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 314 pages
- Publication Date : September 21, 2012
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B009FC62NI
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,797 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story will focus on Sophie, Elle and Jane and their experiences as they find out more about themselves and their own particular talents. Will Sophie find others like herself, even with the rare talent she has? Will her peers accept her, even when her talent goes beyond what they possess? Will the school be able to teach her control so she won’t inadvertently harm anyone else? Will Sophie and her roommates escape the danger that will come from a different group at school with the same abilities?
This was a good story line. I liked the theme of people being different and their desire to find acceptance and fit in. No one likes to be alone. Friendship is so very important. And in this case, with so many varied talents, it must be even harder to fit in and find a place of safety. Grab your copy and see how the students cope with their Peculiar status.
I have read a lot of academy style stories recently from multiple different authors and this one is among the best in my opinion. Whereas you still get some of the standard school/academy tropes like cliches and bullies, there is far less of a focus on them and more on the storyline and our heroine. I found that to be rather refreshing.
I also found the story to be well written and easy to read with a diverse cast of characters that had some depth to them. Overall, it was a fun read and I am looking forward to the next book.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout for review purposes.
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Wow!!! This is a gr8story. If you liked the "Harry Potter" stories then you'll really enjoy this. Because as "Hogwarts" is a school of wizardry, ArckPec is a school for peculiars. The only difference is that this story is about 3 different girls, and not just one person. I really enjoyed reading this story & I've read every Harry Potter, so I'll probably read all of this series as well. I recommend this read. 5 Thumbs up
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The plot doesn't appeal to me either. The reason why she's only entering the Academy at 17 is weak at best: "You went in the foster system so we lost you" => Not like she admitted a few paragraph earlier that she was changing homes every time her new family discovered her powers - which she seemed to imply happened quite often. I have nothing against her power, but I have a hard time to believe that in a world of superpowers, super strength is one of the rarest. Rarest as in, only 3 individuals in a lifetime.
The love interest is also a big nope for me. First because he is staff, head of her house and personal trainer (also loved the justification for this "How can he teach me to control my power when he doesn't have it?" => "yeah he's the best"). Yay to adult(in power position)-minor relationships. Second because his personality is as cliche as it can be. I'm-grumpy-and-I-don't-like-her-but-she's-going-to-like-me-eventually. Urgh.
The actual book:
Aww shucks a poor girl gets roomed wiith a rich girl and gets 'transformed' into a beautiful girl.Like naww honey who are you kidding.I might sound rude but you need to know that this ain't it.I'm writing a book and i thought to give you some constructive critisim.
Stranger reads like X-Men, with a bit more romance and more focus upon the individual storylines. In many ways, it reflects countless other stories whereby we’re given a school full of special students, but that does not make it any less enjoyable. In fact, I’ve found Heather C. Myers is more than capable of taking a general theme that has been done before – in this case the school of special teens – and putting an enjoyable spin on it. Therefore, whilst it may sound like just another one of those stories, I can assure you it is more than worth reading.
The story itself is great. There are multiple aspects to it, and whilst at first I was put out by the different focuses, I soon found myself pulled into both aspects. I found myself favouring the aspect I was reading… until I started a new chapter and my focus changed to the other part. Basically, I loved all of the different storylines that were being told. Fortunately, it did not feel as though one aspect was being given more attention than the other aspect. We follow the different parts of the story at an equal pace, with enough being told for each to ensure you are pulled completely into it. There are also aspects that are ignored, working to ensure we have enough mystery surrounding certain parts of the story to ensure we want to know more.
The world building is also a lot of fun. It’s simple yet elegant, with enough thrown in to ensure it is not boring. We find out about the basics pretty quickly, yet by the end of the book we’re still not one hundred percent of all this supernatural world is capable of. In fact, that is part of the mystery of the book. It is part of the mystery of the series, and has more than ensured I wish to carry on to see where things go. I need to get answers to certain storylines, not only because I’m invested in the characters but also because I’m invested in the world.
Speaking of the characters, they are a lot of fun. At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about some of them. In fact, I was sure I was going to dislike some. However, as the story continued I came to enjoy them more and more. Each character has a great storyline. There are some clichés to be found, especially when it comes to the romantic element of the story, but it was possible to overlook these things due to the diverse cast. Our characters gave us a little bit of everything, and it was fun to watch a lot of the interaction play out.
Honestly, I know I’m not saying much, but it’s because I fear I will say too much. I really did enjoy this one. I’m curious as to where the story is going to head next, and I plan to find out sooner rather than later. It’s certainly a series I want to finish.
If nothing else, you should pick it up because it’s free. Sometimes free books can be a bit of hit and miss, yet such is not the case here. I promise you’ll enjoy it.
There is also danger from a different group of people with the same abilities and there is a close shave as they try to abduct the three roommates. Fortunately they escape thanks to one of them using her abilities, but that puts them in even more danger in the future.
Recommended. I enjoyed it and now want to know what happens next - do the various love interests come to fruition or does something happen. What is going to happen to the danger from the other people with abilities?
From the first chapter - heck, from the first sentence I was hooked, and it only took me 2 days until I had finished this amazing book. This story starts with the main character, Sophie, being discovered by one of the teachers of an Academy for Peculiars, as that is essentially what Sophie is. She's a peculiar as she has the power of strength, or is a physical as she is described as being in the book.
This book centres around Sophie, Elle and Jane and their own personal adventures of sorts with relationships and their own personal discoveries about themselves.
This is an exciting, jaw-dropping at times, and addictive read, and I can't wait for the next in the series.