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Collide (Collide #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  4,497 ratings  ·  321 reviews
Sherry has always known there was something out there. She's eighteen, works for a tabloid newspaper in Chicago and has a brother, Danny who is a lazy mooch. They live a pretty normal dull life with hippie parents and a normal existence. Then the moon dissapears and people start to go missing only to reappear later, but different. Sherry has an abusive ex-boyfriend who sho ...more
Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published June 12th 2011
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Shelly Crane
Oct 23, 2011 Shelly Crane added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Oh, where to start....This was my first book. I wrote it with absolutely NO intentions of having it published, looking into be published or ever in my life EVER letting anyone read it. I was in a rut of books to read and had a dream (I know every author says that). But actually, the dream wound up being nothing of what the book turned out to be. And after many, many long nights of talking to my husband, I decided to share their story with you.
Writing Sherry and Merrick's story was, for lack of a
Jessica Day
Like many before me have stated; I wanted to like it. I loved the premise, the alien/angel idea was interesting and different.

But. Oh my Lord... Sherry. If I had to read one more page of her dull, monotonous, droning I would have exploded. I am on a 'finish every book you start' kick. But, gosh, if it weren't for that I would have deleted this from my kindle about half way through, not missing a beat.

Shelly Crane is a mediocre writer. She has fabulous ideas; I have read some of her other b
Shannon (BookCrushin)
SPOILERS: I am seriously conflicted with this book. The premise is very interesting, aliens come to earth in the form of beings called The Lighters. The Lighters look just like humans except for black eyes. The Lighters have come to earth and are basically mind controlling humans into believing that they are the good guys. There are humans that have been dubbed "specials" that have a specific task to carry out but what that individual task is is unknown, finally you have The Keepers, guardians o ...more
This book was interesting in the beginning, but then as I read on the characters never reached any form of development, barely any conflict occurred, and everything just started to annoy the shit out of me.

Sherry. Sweet, sweet Sherry. You quickly became a one sided redundant character and I'm astounded as to how uninteresting you were.
The amount of times Sherry said "hmm" made me want to bang my head against a wall. She was talking in past tense, but then she would add in those little "Oh!" or "
Mandy (I read Indie) Anderson
love love love this book. cannot wait to get my hands on the next one. review to come soon....

My review...
Sherry has a horrible boss, hippy parents and a lazy brother. She is lonely and her abusive ex-boyfriend doesn't make her life any better. But one day the moon goes missing and "visitors" show up in other peoples dead bodies. This is where her boring life makes a u turn.

So we have the Lighters who are bad. But they come to earth making people think they are good and that the Keepers are the
AWWWWWWWWEEEESSSSOOOMMMEEE !!!!! Wow this book is too good to be true ! Talk about romance in the midst of an alien invasion . I dont even know where to begin my view of this book . Shelly Crane is definitely a genius . She handles the subject of two people , well not exactly two because one of them is an alien known as a keeper , falling in love in the middle of an 'end of the world ' catastrophe really well . I read this book after reading 'Significance 'and 'Accordance' and was completely obl ...more
Okay, I feel torn writing this review. For a first time novelist with no one to really edit or critique her work and no previous writing experience, I am fairly impressed on how well she did. That being said, there are a LOT of grammatical errors in this book. Grammar and spelling aside, parts of the story were pretty fun to read. Here were a few good and bad things for me.
Even though I'm not always gung-ho for sci-fi, I liked the idea of the Lighters or aliens coming down and trying to take ov
Well, where do I start......
I was so excited to order my signed copy of Collide after reading Significance. The epic love story had pulled my emotions in every which way. The comedy, drama, betrayal, and overall "rawness" of the story had me hooked. So I wasn't surprised that Collide did the exact same thing. Shelly Crane, you are amazing! How do you possibly combine such amazing characters with such amazing stories. This book takes a heartwarming and steamy love story with a brilliant plot that
I wish I could pin point what I didn't like about this one. I just couldn't find something that sparked my interest. I wasn't really sold on any character (I didn't like them but I didn't hate them either). I thought the "oh aliens have been here for year" weird and that there didn't seem to be mass hysteria. I also disconnected when no one seemed to have any issue with going into an underground bunker....because they were "special".

I wish I'd liked it more. Read it for a challenge, I'm glad I g
Na Deela
*sigh* I really wanted to love this book. I really did. The beginning trapped me and I thought there was no getting out. But, I found a window and crawled right out of it. First, let's go through the positives and without giving too much away. I liked the storyline. What was happening in the world was a pretty scary thought and I was very interested in seeing what would happen next. The idea of the Keepers coming in and keeping people safe was good too. I liked that there was an otherworldy bein ...more
Anna McC
Wow! From the word go Shelly Crane had me wrapped up in her wonderful plot and her characters distinct personalities. This captivating paranormal romance was beautifully written and due to the preface tension was risen from the start which grabbed the readers attention. The author has done a brilliant job of creating a very unique YA/NA paranormal romance. She has managed to achieve this through her fantastic plot which grips you from the start.

The keepers and specials against the lighters and m
I didn't like it as much as signficance, but the story is original and kept me up until 2am reading! Recommend.
I think everyone should have a Merrick in their lives
Sep 16, 2011 Marsha rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
I truly wanted to love "Collide." The premise for the book was truly unique and interesting; however, the storyline was greatly hampered by the overly syrupy dialogues of love, little to no action and scenes that just do not make sense.

18 year old Sherry and her brother Danny were raised by hippie parents. So, Sherry has been more of a parent to her brother. She has finished college (Really,at 18?) and is working as a photographer for a local tabloid. Additionally, she is being stalked by an abu
Kendall {Book Crazy}
I have no idea why I hadn't read this book before now! I loved absolutely everything about it! I loved the writing, the characters and the plot! First lets talk about the plot! WOW! It was so original and I just couldn't stop reading it! It had everything in it that I love and it was quite unexpected as I was expecting something completely different! It was also very interesting and paced perfectly! Next were the characters! I loved all of them! Sherry was the main character of Collide and I ado ...more
Wow!! I have already read several of Shelly's books and just love them... And Collide doesn't disappoint!!
After reading the synopsis, I was very curious as to what Collide was going to offer... Well, let me just say that I was pulled in from the very beginning and never lost interest all the way through...
I am amazed at the world Shelly has created... Plus, let's not forget the fabulous characters too!!
Collide centers around Sherry and Merrick. Sherry being a human of course and Merrick being
Life is wasted on the living [Elena]
1.5 stars

This has got to be my lowest rating yet. I wanted to like Collide and enjoy it and talk about since it was a buddy read, but hell, I was so disappointed instead.

And why, you ask?
Well, let me tell you.
Sherry is an 18 year old girl who has just finished college? -yeah right- and has some kind of strange, bat shit crazy parents who don't care about her or her brother Danny who is a nice fellow, though a little bit lost in the entire situation.
She has a nut job ex boyfriend whose habit
Now I usually don't do aliens. Just because I find those books can be pretty hard to read. HOWEVER I enjoyed this book. It felt very long which I suppose was a little hard to read sometimes but I did enjoy this book as it was just a nice story.

I didn't get why everyone was in love with Sherry, I mean I suppose I get that she was very shy and had low self esteem so therefore the description of her told by her wouldn't seem much. It just seemed strange boys were obsessed with her.
I loved the fact
When I read this book I wasn't really into it, but now I feel like I shouldn't have kept putting it of. It's amazing and one of my favorite books.

Sherry is an awesome character. She's a little different from Maggie (from Significance). Maggie was quiet but not afraid to stand up for herself, neither is Sherry, but Sherry, to me, seemed to come off more serious then Maggie. Sherry kind of a take charge kind of person, but since she's so small and frail looking people tend to find her very nonthre
Katrina Tinnon
This is a great love story with a sci-fi twist. There isn't a lot of action, as the characters are in hiding a majority of the time. The story line isn't fast paced, but the emotional tugs are. I think this has to do with the fact that most of the people in hiding believe this is the end of the world. There isn't much love at first sight, but the love some of the characters have for each other progress rather quickly.

Merrick and Sherry have a sweet relationship. It reminds me of dating the "too
My Book Friend
Everything was normal, or at least fine until the moon… vanished. Sherry passed it off as something that can be explained- after all, the tides didn't change or anything- so why would she worry? But then, people began to change. Some would walk away from what should have been a fatal accident, some just picking up and leaving without a word. They were just rumors, right?

One day, Sherry realized she couldn’t say she didn’t believe those lies on the television because; well, because they found her
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Warning: This book is CALIENTE! HOT... HOT... HOT...

My Cover Thoughts: I love the cover of the kite flying high. To me it represents something flying to get somewhere and once there it will have meaning.

My Thoughts/Review: I absolutely love this book! Sherry is stuck in a ho hum job working at the local tabloid paper. She has a brother who is lazy and works at the local coffee shop and to make matters even worse her parents are stuck in the Woodstock hippie era. What is a girl to do? She is also
Autumn Review
Sherry is a responsible 18 year old girl, who put the needs of others before her own. She's close to her brother and has a slightly complicated relationship with her hippie parents. Life is going along like usual until one day the moon disappears. Once the moon disappears, other beings called Lighters and Keepers come to earth. Shelly's abusive ex-boyfriend re-enters her life and claims to be a Keeper named Merrick. He is her brother's guardian. Merrick has also watched Sherry her whole
Collide was a fascinating story! It was sort of like an "alien" story. I don't like the term really, I think it makes things sound a bit ridiculous, it was a bit similar to The Host by Stephanie Meyer - no green people, just, you know....

lol, couldn't resist to use that image. On a serious note though, Shelly Crane created new beings and gave a whole other concept to 'The end of the world.' No huge explosions or very radical changes. The book starts with the world as it is right now, and slowly,
This book was awesome! Like, really and truly amazing!
Personally I still like her Significance series better but it was actually a big deal that I liked this book so much because I usually really don't like apocalypse books. But I should have known Shelly Crane could pull it off!
Sherry was an awesome main character and I absolutely loved Danny and their quirky group of survivors. And Merrick. Oh my goodness Merrick. *wipes drool off computer screen*
He was so incredibly awesome and oh so sweet! I
Buffy Kennedy
This was an exciting story, with mystery, loyalty, danger, and of course the kind of love that Shelly Crane is so good at conveying. Merrick is so sweet and protective, you melt whenever he’s on screen so to speak. Sherry is young, but so maternal over her brother and mature, having been through her fair share in her life, making her incredibly endearing.

The mini colony that evolves brings a great element of suspense as you never really know about some people, and you know that nothing lasts for
Amazing again! But what else did I expect out of a Shelly Crane novel they are always amazing! This book was unique like all the other books she writes. This is Dystopian somewhat but not like Divergent or Hunger Games. Sherry is smart, kind, loyal and loving. She is amazing even though she doesn't know it, but shes not like some other YA heroines that complain that there ugly and blah... blah. Her brother is a special, someone that is destined to do something great for the human race, which is ...more
Dec 31, 2011 Darlene rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the author
Recommended to Darlene by: Tiffany King's Ascended
The only reason this book is getting three stars is because the story pushed me to finish. The editing was at first draft, November 30th level. Maybe a spell check had been done but not much else.

I read it because of the preview in Ascended, which did seem to be edited, the preview of this book, to clarify.

As an older reader, I have to admit that there was far too much romance and attempted rape both the result of repressive thinking. 'I'm saving myself for marriage' line was over done, especia
Collide is one of those books that takes you on a wonderful journey. There is so much to this book that I don't know how to do it justice. Collide is a apocolyptic book that weaves a story that tests courage and family. Sherry has always felt there was something more and someone watching over her. When the Moon disappears from the night sky, strange things come to earth. People start to disappear only to return later acting differently. Danny, her little brother has had to move in and sleep on h ...more
Mandy Sickle

I picked Collide this week for my words with friend’s game on goodreads. Sherry is human but she’s not typical by any means. She has the ability to tell when people are lying, which can be good and bad. Suddenly the moon is gone, and aliens have arrived on earth changing everything. Sherry and her younger brother Danny are living at her house because her parents went off to welcome the aliens. When Sherry is confronted by her crazy abusive ex-boyfriend telling her that she and her brother need t
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Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay-at-home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She hoards paperbacks, devours sweet tea, searches year-round for candy corn, and loves to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Collide (4 books)
  • Uprising (Collide, #2)
  • Catalyst (Collide, #3)
  • Revolution (Collide, #4)
Accordance (Significance, #2) Defiance (Significance, #3) Significance (Significance, #1) Independence (Significance, #4) Reverence (Significance, #3.5)

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“Only the sweetest of the sweet would bring brownies to the apocalypse.” 35 likes
“It’s ok, Merrick. I get it. I’m sorry, I just...I just can’t handle it when people are upset with me and I can’t fix it somehow. I’ll stay out of your way, ok.”
As I hopped down from the counter and turned to leave he grabbed my wrist and my skin immediately began to tingle.
“You’re so blind,” he breathed shaking his head.”
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