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Ashlyn Greenfield has always known when bad things are going to happen. Each time that familiar tingling at the back of her neck begins, she knows whatÕs to comeÑa trance. SheÕs pulled in, blindsided, an unwilling witness to a horrible upcoming event. But sheÕs never been able to stop itÑnot even when the vision was of her motherÕs fatal car accident. When soulful Jake ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published October 14th 2010 by Speak
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Brittany
Apr 13, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it
This book was really good. It was very detailed and I fell in love with the characters. I truly felt like I was there and jake is amazing.

I was crying by the end hoping he'd be ok. This book was great and I would have given it a 5 out of 5 stars had the ending been better. This book better have a sequel.

This author, I've found, does this. I read the death by series and loved them. However they ended with the couple not being together.

In trance the ending was so open ended and didn't really en
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Jen  (Today in Jen's Library)


It's a good story. There are some important themes in here: death, grief, survivor's guilt, isolation, unhealthy coping mechanisms, dishonesty. Gerber handles all these really well within the context of a supernatural story involving visions, numerology and tarot. She even throws running for sport into the mix.

The only trouble here with the writing is that things unfold rather quickly and some of those themes are treated more lightly as a result. Then again, this is a YA book and aimed at a youn
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
2.5 stars out of 5. This book was around 280 pages but it felt much shorter. Not because I flew through the book (which I did) or I was so into it that I did not know the length, but instead because it felt like just the introduction to a book rather than a full book.

Ashlyn Greenfield is recovering. She recently lost her mom in an accident, her sister has disappeared, and even though her dad is still around, he might as well be gone as he is emotionally distant from Ashlyn. In addition to her em
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Mackenzie Morris
Aug 27, 2011 Mackenzie Morris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
this is the same auther as the death by bikini series and a great book yes slow at times but belive me you wont regret reading it! this shows that linda gerber wasnt just having a good day with death by bikini but she is just a naturally good writer!
Chloe
Jul 07, 2015 Chloe rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
3.5 stars.
Overall this book was pretty good, but it did get really slow at parts. I'd recommend it, though. It had a cool concept, and a different take on visions/trances. The writing was good and the characters were alright. Overall it's an OK read, that was pretty entertaining.
sh(e)reader
I liked this book and read it quickly, but I doubt it will stick in my memory much. It was written in first person, past tense ... ironically with memory flashbacks written in present tense! I guess it was a "reliving" them type of thing. It was effective. It dealt with numerology, which even among all things supernatural/paranormal in my reading repertoire, is not something that grabs me. Just too far fetched. I did like the story and the characters, on "twist" I saw coming a mile away. The ...more
Alyssa LaGrange
Oct 18, 2016 Alyssa LaGrange rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with suspense, and cliffhangers. It's easy to get addicted to and will make you sad when you near the end. (not because of the story, just because it's so good you want to read it forever)
Ev C.
Oct 12, 2016 Ev C. rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I liked this book, the only thing was it was a slow read. I had to really get into the story to be interested. It was not one of my favorite books.
E Rogers
Nov 17, 2016 E Rogers rated it really liked it


The book “Trance” by Linda Gerber takes place in present day with the main character Ashlyn, that lives in a very busy neighborhood. Her mother died a few months earlier, so she lives with her dad, and her older sister Kyra went off to college early. Ashlyn has trances that tell her that someone is going to have something bad happen to them. Ashlyn gets a vision of her friend Jake, getting in an awful car crash and dying. Ashlyn goes on a drive to find him, and she finds a crash on the side of t
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Emily Paul
Dec 13, 2012 Emily Paul rated it it was amazing
"The backdrop of the stadium flips and the bleachers disappear. The track morphs into a rain-slicked road. In the air around me, a random jumble of numbers drift and swirl like tendrils of fog. Twin headlights cut through the darkness, racing towards me. I try to scream, but I can't make a sound."
The book "Trance" by Linda Gerber is filled with intense moments like this. A teenage girl Ashlynn has spent her whole life trying to figure out the meanings of intense trances she is randomly sucked
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Kyleigh
Jan 09, 2011 Kyleigh rated it really liked it
Trance was another novel I went into not knowing all that much about. Synopsis didn’t give me a great feel for the plot and well it was just intriguing enough to draw my attention. There were some pretty cool things about Trance that I really enjoyed. A lot of fresh, new ideas into the realm of YA fiction that has me pretty excited.

I really enjoyed Ashlyn’s POV. She was such a refreshing character as well. For once it was nice to have an MC that was just able to break down and cry. Someone who
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Kim
Jun 06, 2012 Kim rated it liked it
I wasn't originally planning on reviewing this book just because I don't have a whole lot to say about it, but I thought I could just do a quick one basically summarizing my thoughts on it.

The story was reasonably fast-paced and didn't take me too long to read. It begun after the car accident, with the protagonist, Ashlyn trying to get her life back together. The whole story was pretty basic. It didn't pull me in or have me on the edge of my seat but I simply wanted to know what would happen. Th
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Amy
Jun 07, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
ARC! (to see my entire review, check out http://thepagesofbrooks.blogspot.com/...)

"Never use limitations as an excuse for mediocrity."

I honestly don't know the best words to describe this book! I am in complete awe right now. I finished reading this in less than a day. I couldn't put it down. I read while I ate. I read while I got my lunch ready for work the next day. The only break I took was to watch the MTV Movie Awards preview of Harry Potter [nothing is more important than Harry Potter. Sor
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Adriana
Nov 19, 2010 Adriana rated it liked it
Ashlyn has had trances all her life. She sees bits and pieces of when a future accident or death might occur. She has never been able to control or prevent any of her visions from coming true, not even the accident that killed her mother. After the death of her mom, Ashlyn is left with an absentee father and a sister who just takes off. Ashlyn is left all alone and is once again having trances of another event that she so desperately wants to put a stop to.

It wasn’t hard sympathizing for Ashlyn
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Trisha
Sep 12, 2010 Trisha rated it liked it
Shelves: traded-giveaway
Ashlyn and her sister Kyra have a gift: they have visions of the future. But when Ashlyn ignores a vision of Kyra's, their family is devastated by loss. Now it looks like it's all happening again, but who will be lost this time? And can the girls prevent the tragedy?

Meh. That's about all I can say. I read the entire book in about an hour, and when I was done, nothing intelligent popped into my head. Just meh. The premise is interesting, but the execution is rather humdrum. Not much happens in th
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Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
Sep 05, 2010 Sab H. (YA Bliss) rated it liked it
Shelves: magical-realism
I was certainly expecting more from this book. What drew me to it was Lisa McMann's blurb about it. Many of you know I'm a huge McMann fan, so when I read the summary and Lisa's thoughts I thought I'd love it. But the thing is, I was expecting it to be a little dark and thrilling. Yet I can categorize it more with Sarah Dessen than with Lisa McMann, if you know what I mean.

With that said, the premise is very interesting, the writing was comfortable and what with being a very short read, I ended
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Candace
Sep 01, 2010 Candace rated it it was amazing
I was quite surprised at how much I liked this book! I actually almost read the entire thing in one sitting! It was completely engrossing and very easy to read.
I really felt the author drew the characters quite well. Even though Ashlyn is the main character and it mostly focuses on her she did an awesome job with the side characters as well. I was able to understand and relate to the character and situations they were each in. I understood how Ashlyn didn't want to share her issue (the visions
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Alexandra
Jan 22, 2015 Alexandra rated it liked it
This book "Trance" by Linda Gerber is about a girl named Ashlyn with a special talent. Ashlyn along with her older sister can see the future in psychotic episodes they call Trances. When her older sister sees her mother's death but Ashlyn ignores it things changed forever. Now as her sister ran away,her mother dead and her father cold and distant, can she get to the bottom of these trances?

I found this book very entertaining. I was looking for a good suspenseful book and this one seemed perfect
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Elizabeth
Sep 18, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Trance By Linda Gerber is 277 pages.The genre is mystery. Ashlyn Greenfield has a secret to keep for a reason. She want's it to stay that way to. Then on the night that changes her life forever she holds a burden. Her Mother dies in a car crash while she was driving. She should have seen it in her trances, her sister saw it in her's and she should have listened. Kyra her older sister is just like her. They have trances, trances are flashes of the future of what is going to happen. What is worse ...more
Katie
May 19, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
Ashlyn Greenfield's mother is dead and she is having trance's again. Ashlyn had been having Trance's ever since she was a little kid and she is deeply ashamed of the Trance's. Ashlyn feels if though she was the cause of her mother's death just because she didn't have one Trance that could have warned her of her mother's death. Now Ashlyn is having the Trance's again and when she starts having them about a friend of hers.....Ashlyn knows that she needs to step up and save a life.

Another great, no
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Christina
Dec 31, 2011 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Ashlyn lost her mother 8 weeks ago to a drunken driving accident; Ash was driving when a drunk hit them. She feels guilty not only for the usual reasons one might, but because she failed to have a "vision" before the accident that might have saved her mother's life. She and her sister have always had tandem visions of things about to happen, and though they can't always figure them out, it's often enough to warn the victim. Numbers come along with the visions, a stream of digits that Ash writes ...more
Kate
Aug 02, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Trance is a multi-leveled novel that once I picked it up, I really did not want to put it down. Originally, I was drawn to Trance due to the summary sounding very similar to Lisa McMann's Wake series. But once I got deeper into the novel, it was quickly clear that while similarities are there, the two novels are quite different. Trance centers around Ashlyn, a young girl who has seen her share of misery from the visions she foresees. Not much is known about the trances, but one thing is certain, ...more
Amanda
Sep 25, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
First, a question: Does anyone know if Trance is supposed to be middle grade or young adult? It feels like it could be either one - a fairly clean middle grade book with an older protagonist or a simpler young adult read. Either way, though, it's a fantastic, fast-paced read!

Gerber creates a mysterious mythology in Ashlyn and Kyra's trances. I loved reading about the different systems of numerology - something I hadn't known about before - and how they tied in to the mystery.

It's hard not to fe
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Angela  M
Sep 29, 2010 Angela M rated it liked it
This was such a quick fun read. I flew through it in about half a day. Ashlyn is dealing with the death of her mother. Her sister, who she has always be so close to, took off as soon as it happened. Now Ashlyn is alone in the house with only her father, who stays locked away in his office or at work. She's trying to get back to her regular routine, working, etc., but suddenly the trances are back. Can she prevent the death this time?

I had originally gave this book a 5 rating, but having read it
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Hanaa709 :)
Nov 07, 2010 Hanaa709 :) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 7th-grade
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Leah
Apr 08, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it
This was a fun, quick read. I really didn't know what to expect when I picked this one up at the library but I definitely didn't expect to like it so much!

The back of the book didn't give me much as to what the book is about it just says, and I quote "It begins with a subtle vibration a tingling. There is time to take only one breath. The trance begins. When it is through, Ashlyn is certain of two things. Someone she knows is about to die, and...she is powerless to stop it." Thats it. So of cour
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Paige
Jan 30, 2011 Paige rated it really liked it
"Trance" is fiction book about a teenage girl who is having a rough life. Her mom was killed in a car crash while she was driving. Her and her sister Kyra have also been having these 'trances' since they were young. When these trances happen they black out, see an image, and write numbers on a sheet of paper. They can only figure out what they saw if they're together, but Kyra has disappeared. Ashlyn doesn't know what the trances are about or why they happen to her and Kyra. She also met a guy ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Jan 20, 2011 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it really liked it
Trance is one book that captivated me. Ashyln's character not only seemed real but one that you can relate with right away. Ashlyn's life has been tough. After a bad car accident, her family is torn apart. Left with dealing with her powers on her own, she must overcome the guilt and fear she has in order to save someone she loves.

Ashlyn has been though so much after the accident. She tries to be strong and move on, but the guilt of the night that happen plays into her mind over and over again. S
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Linda
Aug 01, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
I thought that this book would have something to do with the occult, since the front cover says something about the paranormal. It was an example of judging a book by its cover. I would not describe this story as being paranormal at all. This is a very good story that moves along to its conclusion swiftly. The characters and their pain feel genuine.

Ashlyn and her sister have had the same visions all their lives. They don't understand them and are powerless to stop them. They are also powerless
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Ellz Readz
Dec 30, 2010 Ellz Readz rated it really liked it
My thoughts...As a fan of Linda Gerber's books, I had really high expectations for this story. I knew from reading the book summary that Trance was quite different from her usual stories. Trance did not disappoint. It was a great story, creatively written, with edge-of-your seat action.

There were some great characters in Trance. My favorite was Jake, the resident musician. His character was very friendly and likable. Ashlyn, the heroine, proved to be an interesting character too. She faces many
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Linda Gerber recently returned to life in the Midwest after four years in Japan where she served as the RA for SCBWI Tokyo. Her books include SASS: Now and Zen, SASS: The Finnish Line, Death by Bikini, Death by Latte, Death by Denim and the upcoming novel, Trance.

She currently lives and writes in Dublin, Ohio, blissfully ignoring her husband, four kids, and one very naughty puppy"

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