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Sylvie isn’t comfortable in her own skin. In fact, there are times she can’t even manage to stay inside it. But if there is one thing she’s sure of, it’s her love for Kevin Phillips. She’s willing to stake everything on it –her family, her friends, and possibly her soul.

Sixteen-year-old Sylvie has been best friends with Cassie forever. But everything is turned around when
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Kindle Edition, Alternative cover B00C7A8YW2, 352 pages
Published April 3rd 2013 by Katie Hayoz
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Inge
DNF 67%

You know what, guys? These new YA books are making me really hate YA.

Hi there. The name’s Mary. Mary Sue. I’m a special snowflake. I have special skills that make me different from any other person in the world. I have a crush on the hottest and most popular guy in school. Kevin. He wouldn’t ever notice me because I’m so plain-looking. He would go for a girl as pretty as my best friend, Cassie. Because she’s much, much prettier than I am. I’ll let Kevin fight for me, but if my best friend
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Faye, la Patata
Update 1/10/2014: That new cover is absolutely breathtaking.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

To tell y'all honestly, I wasn't expecting much when I read the blurb; in my eyes, it looked like it was another paranormal story where it would center on the romance, which I believe, is a little bit too common nowadays. But color me surprised — this book was actually pretty good! I started reading around 11:30 in the evening, and didn't s
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Hannelore
I was hesitating between 4 and 5 stars
But in the end, I've given this book 5!
Why?
First of all, this is such an atypical story, you don't see it coming and there are no cliche protagonists!
This ya paranormal book tells the story of a girl who has a hard life since she knows she is able to project.
And so she wish she was just like her beautiful best friend, Cassie.
Well, as long as you can call her a best friend, picking in the guy she've liked since forever!
But when her dream seems to come true,
No
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Nora Black
Could not put it down!!!


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When I picked up this book on a cloudy Thursday morning, I had a whole day planned... There was gym, a movie, running the dogs, making dinner... I’m pretty sure I may have abandoned my brother at school (don’t worry he found his way home) Now at midnight with square eyes I have been on a paranormal journey that you can’t afford to miss. I couldn’t stop, the pages flowed, illustrated by beautifully formed metaphorical descriptions that turned the book into a

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Jennifer
Also posted to Jen in Bookland

4.5 stars I received this book in exchange for a review. Really when I read the description I was just kind of eh on the idea. It sounded like it could be really annoying and I wasn't sure I would like it. I looked up other reviews and the consensus seemed to be that it was great so I thought I would give it a try. I am so glad I did! From the first sentence I was hooked. Somehow Katie Hayoz managed to make a character (Sylvie) who doesn't see what is right in front
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~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀
I've never read a plot like this before, and it's certainly a creative one. The idea that of not feeling like you fit in your own skin is one I think most of us experienced as teenagers. In fact, the majority of the things that happen in this book, are things I think most of us can relate to (perhaps, without the obvious paranormal aspects, haha). Mixing that awkward, teenage feeling with astral projection was truly fascinating, and a combination that quickly sparks the imagination.

If given the
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Jacqueline Patricks
May 08, 2013 Jacqueline Patricks rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends and family that like angst and somewhat unresolved endings
*Thank you to the author for providing a free copy for an honest review.*

First off I want to say how refreshing it is to read an Indie author who understands how to write in deep POV, this one being 1st person. It can be done in 3rd as well. For those of you who aren't familiar with the term, deep POV is a technique of writing that strives to thin line between reader and character by eliminating author narrative as much as possible. It's the difference between:

Normal 1st person POV:

I hate anchov
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Toni
Apr 16, 2013 Toni rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone - this book rocks!
This review is also posted at My Book Addiction.

Let me just start by saying that Untethered really took me by surprise. I was interested in reading it, sure, but I had no idea what kind of greatness I was in for. I am still blown away by the extent to which I LOVED this book! It is pure awesomeness. Period.

I’m not sure which moral I would apply to this story: be careful what you wish for, or you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. It’s actually a perfect blend of both, wrapped up in a su
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Lorelei S.
At first glimpse this seems to be a typical paranormal YA book set in a high school. Sylvie and Cassie are best friends who are experiencing tensions over a love interest, popular high school jock, Kevin. Sylvie has to deal with some very familiar issues - bullying at school, her parents' separation, and additionally what appears to be a strange undiagnosed illness that makes her an outsider with her classmates. When Sylvie realizes her "disease" could be a superpower her life unravels even furt ...more
Wendy Storer
Wow! Just finished reading Untethered and completely loved it. While it’s billed as a story about astral projection, jealousy and obsession, it’s so much more. As someone who usually only enjoys real life fiction, I got my fix for that too because Sylvie and her contemporaries have so many real life problems to deal with. Sylvie thinks that getting out of her body is a way to solve these problems - and wouldn’t we all relate to that at some point in our lives? - and yet it only succeeds in makin ...more
Kerr-Ann Dempster
I received this book for free in return for an honest review BUT I loved it so much I ordered a paperback copy.

I really enjoyed this novel. It's crazy how much I both hated and loved Sylvie. I wanted to smack her, shake her, call her a psycho, hug her. She took me for a ride! My hands down favorite thing about Untethered was the glimpses of the end that were sprinkled throughout the story. It kept me reading and dying to know how the story gets to that point. I've never seen that storytelling te
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Amy
This is a wonderfully written story. It grabbed me at the beginning and held my attention to the end. Unteathered does a wonderful job at showing the stages of growth in young ladies who feel that they do not fit in. I enjoyed how the author put the lead character through stages of life that lead to a new understanding of her life and the lives of the people around her. I would recommend this book others who feel that there just has to be a way to change their life or to live the life of someone ...more
Jill
I was quite impressed by this book. I was intrigued initially by the premise, because I haven't read any paranormal/urban fantasy type books about astral projection. Plus the fact it won a book award gave me the impetus to ask to read it in exchange for an honest review.

Sylvie, the main character, has a tough life in her own eyes. She has this terrible issue that when she is highly stressed, she slips out of her body and her body appears to go catatonic. She has suffered years of bullying in ex
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Lexxie
Jul 01, 2013 Lexxie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers who want an original YA PNR
This and other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews

Review: Untethered - Katie Hayoz Untethered is a novel that surprised me on many levels! The story, while having some ingredients that are invariably part of a young adult novel is so original. The paranormal that happens has nothing to do with werewolves or vampires, there are no witches or magic. But astral-projection is a big part of the story, and it is both a blessing and a curse to Sylvie as she tries to fig
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I found this book interesting and really easy to read, and fast too. I have not read many books with the astral projection ability, so really enjoyed that about it.
I didn't really feel a connection with the main character Sylvie, she was really immature and so insecure and jealous, with too much angst for me.
I think the younger teens would enjoy this book a lot more than I did. I do like YA for the most part, but not as much when the characters are this immature.

But I did love the whole paranorm
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April
Untethered by Katie Hayoz had many things that I like to see in books. It includes love, friendship, and revenge which are all things I love. Sylvie and Cassie's friendship was very touching and emotional because it was plainly clear how much they depended on each other just to survive. The fact that this book involves teenagers made it more believable to me that they would let a boy come between them. I found the astral projection that Sylvie can do very interesting. Of all the books I have rea ...more
Laurie
What an exciting story! I was rapidly pulled into Sylvie’s world and it was very easy for me to empathize with her. Sylvie is able to astral project, though at first she is not even aware that is what is happening. The problem is that her family thinks she has mental health issues and the kids at school just think she is freaky. During stressful times Sylvie’s soul soars out of her body, leaving her in an unconscious state, usually in a heap on the floor.

Her troubles escalate when her best frien
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Alicia
I just finished Untethered. It is an amazing story, that sucks you in from the very beginning. Sylivie is an inverted teenager, struggling to see what is in front of her, bullying at school and issues in her family. After spending yet another summer being tested because everyone thinks she is crazy because her spirit can leave her body, Sylvie is regrettably staring her junior year of high school with her best friend, Cassie. After Sylivie realizes that Cassie has become popular over the summer ...more
Mary
WOW! What a Terrific Read. I highly recommend Untethered. (Perfect Title, by the way)
I could not put this one down! There were plenty of twists and turns, particularly at the end. This novel targets teens, but it will appeal to older readers as well, as the book is extremely well-written and carefully crafted. The prose flows effortlessly and the chapter titles are great fun.

Katie Hayoz has done a superb job writing about a familiar theme- the struggle for self-acceptance, yet has presented it
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Red
Original Posting: Gaga Over Books

This was another book I was given the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review by the Gr Group Shut Up & Read.

Surprisingly, I found the book really good. My interest was piqued right from the moment I read that first line. The book was told form Sylvie's perspective. We would get glimpses of Sylvie in someone else's body and then it would go back to the present. An intriguing start that led to more interesting scenarios along with some f
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Librarymouse
Apr 04, 2013 Librarymouse rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens
Untethered puts a dark edge on an old life lesson: you never really realize what you have until it's gone.

Though the characters are high schoolers and thus do contend with many of the issues typical of high school life - popularity, peers, parents - they also face bigger challenges, and I liked that although they took these issues seriously, they faced them in a realistic fashion, without ever stooping to wallow in the glurgey melodrama that too often plagues YA books.

Refreshingly stark prose
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Billie Jo
This was such an amazing story, I loved it from the very first few pages. I just loved Sylvie's character!It was so refreshing to read about a topic that isn't the norm in the paranormal genre, astral-projection has always been a fascinating concept to me. I really liked the fact that the author wrote this story in such a way that it didn't seem very far-fetched. Sylvie's family was going through some major changes, and as a reader I could absolutely sympathize with their feelings. The plot was ...more
Billie Jo
Oct 03, 2013 Billie Jo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This was such an amazing story, I loved it from the very first few pages. I just loved Sylvie's character!It was so refreshing to read about a topic that isn't the norm in the paranormal genre, astral-projection has always been a fascinating concept to me. I really liked the fact that the author wrote this story in such a way that it didn't seem very far-fetched. Sylvie's family was going through some major changes, and as a reader I could absolutely sympathize with their feelings. The plot was ...more
Melanie

This was a pretty cool book. It’s about one girl’s experiences with Astral Projection. Astral Projection is, according to www.dictionary.com, “the act of separating the astral body (spirit or consciousness) from the physical body and its journey into the universe”. It goes on to give a the difference between astral projection and having an out of body experience, “Astral Projection is the intentional act of having the spirit leave the body, whereas an out-of-body experience happens involuntarily
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Holly
I have been wanting to read UNTETHERED since it was first released and I saw the blog tour happening on several blogs I follow. It sounded great and was receiving really good reviews from the bloggers I trusted, so it immediately went on my wish list. Then, this October, I lucked out and saw that the book was available for free, so I gleefully downloaded it and started reading. And I am SO GLAD that I did! The story of Sylvie, who is traumatized by the fact that her soul slips outside of her bod ...more
Amber Hodges (Paradise of Pages)
I received this book for review to help get a little publicity out on the book. I decided to read it for my first book on my Read-A-Thon challenge. I am glad I did. It over all was a very good book.

I will start by saying she did well to right it in a good first person that was pretty descriptive the whole time. It helps you to be able to picture the whole book.

This book is about Sylvie. She is a short and very skinny young girl in high school. Her self esteem is super low, especially now that he
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Tiffany Marie Oharriz
I received this book for free from the author for my honest opinion.

Read the full review at http://bit.ly/18fpZFk, or http://bit.ly/17TKJ9c



Ok so this one isn't exactly a 5 star book but it is way too good to be a 4.5. There has got to be a better in-between option for these types of books. What more can I say except this book was/is great.

I was a little hesitant to read this when I first read the synopsis but selfishly I’ll admit it had more to do with the best friend/long time crush deal. I do
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Booker Like a Hooker
Sylivie is an opposite other teenagers, struggling to see what is in front of her, bullying at school and issues in her family. After spending yet another summer being tested because everyone thinks she is crazy because her spirit can leave her body, Sylvie is regrettably staring her junior year of high school with her best friend, Cassie. After Sylivie realizes that Cassie has become popular over the summer and caught the eye of her secret crush, Kevin, jealousy and self doubt begins consuming ...more
Karen Siddall
Interesting story featuring astral projection and out-of-body experiences!

Sylvie has been struggling with a strange disorder where she suddenly "leaves" her body behind where it crumples to the ground alarming family and friends. She and next door neighbor, Cassie, best friends since they were 10 years old, find themselves at odds over a boy: both like the same one and he has settled on Cassis. After discovering that there are other people out there like herself, Sylvie researches astral project
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Pkr
I was surprised by Untethered, and that's not something I say often about novels. This book does a terrific job of interweaving a story of a deep friendship between two girls under threat by first love, jealousy, the pressures of growing up - and the ability to astral project. That the protagonist tries to solve her problems using astral projection was a different twist - and the way she only makes her problems worse with every attempt to make things better really kept the book going for me. I l ...more
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Katie grew up in Racine, Wisconsin where she acquired an irreversible nasal twang and an addiction for books with a slightly dark edge. She now lives in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband, two daughters, and a very fuzzy cat. She has been an avid reader of YA fiction for years. While she has a penchant for the paranormal, she devours a range of books -- along with popcorn and black licorice. She ...more
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