First off I would like to thank HarperCollins Canada for sending me a ARC for read & review.
I first saw this book at a HarperCollins event that I...moreFirst off I would like to thank HarperCollins Canada for sending me a ARC for read & review.
I first saw this book at a HarperCollins event that I attended in June called HCCFrenzy Presents: Fall Preview & from that moment on I knew I had to have Gretchen McNeil's 3:59. Let me tell you when I ripped open my mail and found out I had been approved for a copy I just about died No seriously I almost did I was crazy nuts dancing around with it for a good five mins.
Also I just wanna state that why hasn't anyone taken Gretchen's work and turned it into a movie or TV show without ruining it especially 3:59. This book is beyond ah-maxing it kept me so glued to it that even when I had to put it down it was a struggle, oh and another thing this was my first Gretchen McNeil book I have Possess on my shelf which I haven't read & Ten has be on my TBR since forever.
OK now that I have taken a moment its time to dive into the review ,The book itself is a Fantasy (sci-fi/paranormal) read with all the scientific terminology used I though I would be lost and confused but Gretchen explained everything really well. In the book we meet Josie Byrne your average run of the mill teenager dealing with the ups and downs of life ,but then she stumbles across a parallel universe that can be reached through a mirror that her mother has and in this universe we all have a twin but even twins can be alarming different!
3:59 holds many twists & turns oh!!! and drama let me tell you there is lots from broken hearts to best friends who are down right devious the saying that comes to mind while reading this book is sometimes the grass isn't greener on the other side. Gretchen really portrayed the characters in this book really well sure at times I wanted to slap Josie and remind her that she needed to stick up for herself but hey we all have some sort of insecurity but reading through the book you come to feel sorry for Josie and the situations she has happening to her.
If your someone who has thought about diving into a Fantasy (sci-fi/paranormal) for the first time 3:59 would be a great book to start with it doesn't disappoint it has it all Gretchen McNeil didn't leave a stone un-turned. (less)
What a breathe of fresh air Solstice High was the book the writing & the characters were all just that good I thought I would not enjoy this read...more What a breathe of fresh air Solstice High was the book the writing & the characters were all just that good I thought I would not enjoy this read but boy was I ever wrong.In Solstice High you meet four best friends with very different personalities who personally in my eyes would not really be part of the same clique in high school. We have The Jock of all traits Jonas hes the one who is always thinking on his feet. Rochelle Queen B she rules the hallways, The Fabulous! Matt yes hes that Fabulous & The Emo Daphne anger is her solitude.One day they all get trapped in the schools locker room and end up exposed to some weird gas that gives them super abilities. While coming to terms with their new found powers secrets and lies come into play they learn that the school head honcho a.k.a. The Principal is no who he really seems to be & he is the one behind all the weirdness going on. His plan is to build an army of teens with super powers that he can control! (I know this book would make an ah-amazing TV-show). So now these four once typical teens have to embrace their new powers & fight the wannabe-be mad scientist trying to take over the world with his army of teens.
Now as many of you know Fantasy for me is 25% outta 100% that I will end up enjoying it. But I have noticed I really enjoy Fantasy more on a TV screen but with Solstice High I never felt like I was reading that genre . The other thing I loved was in this book was real lifestyles that these teens live in this day in age things that were brought to light smoking, drinking, sleeping around and doing drugs. But the one that really sticks out is all the talk about suicide it really played up all sides of the topic some people would truly disagree with me as this not being a good thing but I think it was it helps people understand all the real consequences that come with suicide.Its true this book is really aimed at teens but as YA book I believe it can help an adult who reads YA understand today's youth and the stuff they have to deal with mind you Solstice High is still a light read fun read even with all the seriousness.
Pick up a copy even if your not sure just pick it up cause you would be quiet surprised just like I was. I am really glad I was sent a copy of this book for read & review as it has become one of m faves this year so far.(less)