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44 (44 #1)

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,656 Ratings  ·  405 Reviews
Last year after falling through the ice, seventeen-year-old Abby Craig woke up from death - but she woke into a world she barely recognizes. She can't see colors, memories have been erased, and her friends all hate her. And then there's Jesse, who she loves, but who refuses to forgive her the one mistake she made long ago.

Just when she thinks it can't get any worse, the vi
Paperback, 152 pages
Published June 16th 2011 by Createspace (first published March 10th 2010)
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Well, not bad for a free book on Amazon. The writing was not great (far from it), but the story was entertaining enough and kept me hooked. While the themes were more mature, this was definitely geared towards a younger audience. And...while I didn't think Jools Sinclair was a very good writer, she was significantly better than Stephenie Meyer! Larger vocabulary, better pacing, less cringe-inducing dialogue...if the characters were more developed and the mystery not so obvious, I probably would' ...more
Yumi Learner
Jan 04, 2013 Yumi Learner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I started reading my first book this year in English without using a dictionary. The book is extremely fun beyond my expectation, and I can't put it down. The book has a series and I want to finish all 6 books in this month.

Today I finished reading my first book for this year, and it was very interesting. I couldn't predict the story by the end. While reading the book, I predicted what it would happen to next, and they were always different from my expectation. Especially I love the idea that t
Where's the little half-star button? I need a half-star button so this thing gets bumped up to 4.5.

It's crime! It's paranormal! It's YA! It's mean girls in high school and family dating woes!

It's 44. Y'all, I feel like I've been waiting for this book to come along for a long old time. It's the perfect step up from when you feel a little older than John Bellairs and a little too young for Christopher Pike, who is straight-up crazy. It's a calm little soft-rock mystery, despite the underpinnings
May 06, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is another one of those books which I bought (well, downloaded as it was a freebie) from the Kindle store, just because I wanted to read in bed but was too lazy to walk to the little room which acts as my library.

44 was – perhaps predictably at just 158 pages – thin. This was a book which read more like a novella or even a lengthy short story. However, it wasn't just the word count that made this seem a little on the scrawny side. The story was thin. The dialogue was emaciated. The premise
Jun 08, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest; I got this book because it was free on my Kindle. I wasn't expecting much from it.
The author wrote it simply, yet the mystery is a bit complicated. When I was about 70% through the book, I didn't see how the story would continue. I figured I would rate it a 3/5, and I wouldn't read the series. The ending totally threw me off guard, and it made me realize how attached I actually got to this book. I loved the ending, and I'm going to finish the series and recommend this book to my
Dec 30, 2011 Alissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2011
I'm really surprised this book has so many good reviews. The book is an easy read but poorly written. There is no character development and the "mystery" was just silly. There was no suspense to it at all. I'm just glad this was a free download and I didn't pay to read such silliness. I gave the book two stars because I liked the twist at the end. This would be a good book if the author developed the characters more, omitted the dreams and the murders and developed the story based on the ending.
Eric Pabon
I loved the story itself, and the writing was okay, but the writer seemed unable to truly maintain a consistency to her Characters, and some of the transitions seemed force. The ending was a real surprise, for me at least, and I was absorbed in the tale, but the writing felt a bit bland. It could have been better, but I still plan on reading the next book in the series; maybe with a bit more editing, she might improve, and if not, the story itself is enough to keep me there.
Riana Lucas
The book started out slow and I even considered putting it down, but I hate giving up on a book. I kept reading as we very happy that I did. The ending sucked me in. I'm totally a sucker for a "I didn't see that coming" moment and this had that. I was very happy with the overall book once I finished. I immediately downloaded the rest.
The BookWhisperer
May 24, 2011 The BookWhisperer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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IMPRESSIVE! 44 is a wolf in sheep s clothing, and will take is readers by storm. Abby is a seventeen year old trying to come to terms with her near death experience. Although, that hardly gives justice when she was officially dead of 44 minutes. As if waking for this wasn't enough to overcome emotionally; now Abby is trying to adjust to the physical damage that the accident has caused her. With several problems including a limp, color blindness, severe headaches, and memory loss; Abby life is no ...more
Melissa-The Book Addict
I was contacted by the author to review this book, and truth be told I was a little apprehensive when I started this book. I also have to say that once I started it I didn't want to put it down. I was sucked straight into the story and the characters. I really liked Abby she was dealing with a lot and while she may not have been happy she was dealing, and living. Her brush with death left her only being able to see in black and white, her position as star soccer player has slipped away and even ...more
Amazing. I just enjoyed this book. Not only was this a gripping mystery and suspense novel, but it was also fast-paced and didn't leave me bored out of my mind.

So 44 is about a seventeen-year-old girl named Abby Craig who survived the hands of death with only a faulty memory and minor psychological problems. She lives in a small town called Bend; and after she resumes her life, the murders begin to pile up. Abby only wants to live a normal life without the weird, sympathetic looks from everyone

I really have no idea why I picked this book up other than that it was free shortly after I got my Kindle. I didn't even mean to read this book, but it is not the only one I have with "44" in the title. At any rate, since I started it, I thought I may as well finish it.

17-year-old Abby Craig drowned last year after falling through the ice and was dead for 44 minutes, but after being brought back, her life is not the same. She doesn't see colors, some of her memories have vanished, and she al
This book captivated me from the very beginning. Jools Sinclair certainly knows how to weave a good story; I'm surprised to know not many have been exposed to her beautiful style of writing. I've added her to my list of newly-found favorite authors now. I truly adored this book and I'm sure I'll be having a repeat of my enthusiasm and awe when I get my hands on book two in the series.

44 was a refreshing change from all the other YA books I've read in the past months. It didn't involve seemingly-
Abby Craig is having nightmarish visions. She sees people being murdered. Each vision, another person, yet she knows it is the same person responsible for each crime, she just can’t “see” who it is. Abby hasn’t always had these visions, they started after she died. Yes, Abby was dead for 44 minutes and was revived, although she didn’t quite come back as the same person she was before she drowned. Her balance is a little off; she’s having a hard time in school, she can see auras around people, an ...more
Jenny Hilborne
May 16, 2013 Jenny Hilborne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
44 is an excellent paranormal suspense

The story takes place in Bend, OR. Abby Craig drowned when she fell through the ice on a lake. Brought back from death, she is not the same as she was before. Her memory is gone and she lives in a world without colour. Her former best friend now hates her and Abby has no idea why. Unexplained mysteries surround her. Her only anchors are her sister Kate, and her friend Jesse, who Abby realizes she loves but pushed away before her accident.

Then Abby begins to
Joan Reeves
I have a confession to make. I am not a Young Adult fiction reader. After my youngest daughter got past the lower age threshold for young adult fiction, I didn't pick up a YA book again. Until I got my Kindle when I was hooked by some free books that turned out to be young adult fiction. I enjoyed them immensely. I was surprised by how sophisticated and hip they were, yet still intelligent and enjoyable for an older audience that doesn't use the word "like" every 15 seconds.

Recently, I read 44 b
Nov 02, 2014 BookNerdette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
I absolutely Loved it! The writing flowed seamlessly, no need for any skimming. I want to read it again, and take more notes. I got so caught up in the show I didnt take anymore after a while. Loved it!
Sónia Tigol
Sep 28, 2014 Sónia Tigol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This freebie from amazon was a really good read.
The characters were interesting and the plot was really good.
I really enjoy this story.
I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
44 Book #1 in 44 series.

I bought this book years ago (2011,) and thought I had read it, but stumbled across it in my To-Read pile and realized I never had. I "started reading" this Nov. 10, 2015, but didn't really start reading it until Nov. 12, 2015. Glad I did. It's a real page turner, with short chapters, (in case you need to stop...if you can!) I read it in one night.

This book hooks you from the very first page (even though I despise the dreaded "Prologue,") and I kept saying to myself: "I'm
Jun 11, 2015 Lin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not Bad but Not Great

I started this book uncertain if I had read it already. It begins in prologue, then leads into a first person narrative that kind of catches you up. Much was familiar--the main character witnessed a murder, and she herself had experienced trauma. As I continued to read, I realized that it was the first time, as there were some unique elements. After coming back from the dead, Abby had no color vision, but gained some psychic powers. She was able to dream about events as they
Melissa Veras
Oh, wow. I really enjoy reading this, the book has SO MUCH POTENTIAL! I just need more depth, in the characters and the plot. A little bit longer, more description, character development... I really think this would have been a great book, the plot is interesting and the plot twist amazing and unexpected.

But... yeah, too bad about the writing :(

2.5 round up.
Apr 27, 2015 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
3.5 stars. This was free on my kindle. Overall I enjoyed the story and have bought the next book. This is a case when I don't want to discuss the plot, but I do recommend trying this freebie because what do you have to lose? You could find a new series. I am not sure if the series will hold up, but I want to see.
Jan 15, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was great! One of the best books I've read. Last year after falling through the ice, 17 yr. old Abby Craig woke up from death-but she woke into a world she barely recognizes. She can't see colors,memories have been erased,and her friends all hate her. And then there's Jesse, who she loves,but who refuses to forgive her the one mistake she made long ago. Just when she thinks it can't get any worse, the visions begin. In them,she sees a faceless serial killer roaming the street ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Emma Bannister
Oct 25, 2012 Emma Bannister rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't believe how good this book turned out to be. Massive surprising twist at the end. It's the first book I've shed a few tears to. I wish I could erase it from my memory so I have the joy of reading it all over again
Jan 04, 2015 Pauline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, mystery
This book was a free ebook, and got me hooked on the series. A teen girl has an accident where she drowned in a lake in winter but was revived 44 minutes after she "died". The story is not about her dying, which is what's most impressive about the story and series. It's more about how she was physically and emotionally damaged from that near death incident and how she goes about recovering from it, as well as the people around her who help her find her own solutions. It's a paranormal mystery an ...more
Jan 06, 2014 Terisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was more of a murder mystery type book and less of a paranormal romance as it states.

Abby Craig dies in her junior year of high school when she falls through the ice and is revived at the hospital however when she wakes up, she’s different. It’s now been almost a year while she was once a popular girl that was the lead soccer player, she can no longer play and sits the bench. She has a hard time remembering things and struggles in school and can only see in black and white. Friend
Feb 06, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and had an unexpected twist at the end. The writing reminded me of the Rachel Vincent "Soul Screamers" books.
Sep 05, 2012 Doreen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG!!! I sooooo did not see that one coming! This authors good! The ending will knock your socks off! Definately recommended.
I liked this book. It was a little short but I didn't know it was a series. I never saw the ending coming but I should have known when some things didn't make sense. I liked Abby & Jesse's relationship. I thought they had great chemistry together and you could see why their feelings developed for one another. I didn't necessarily liked the killer theory of why it had to happen but I am intrigued about this "magical" drug. I'm set with Abby & Jesse's relationship and I hope the story is f ...more
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