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Shaken by Susan Hatler
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Oct 23, 2013

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bookshelves: 2012-challenge-books, telepathy
Read in January, 2012


This book's about a girl who suddenly finds she has mind-reading skills when she touches people's right hands with her right hand. Then she quickly gets pulled into massive plots and intrigues while keeping a tongue-in-cheek, sardonic tone throughout - that tone gets a little bit tedious after a while and loses authenticity...

Started really strong but started to feel a little rushed. Tried too hard to cram a romance in the midst of fast-paced action. Like with The Trunk Key novella. At first the protagonist is wondering whether she should offer to buy her own coffee (is it even a date) suddenly she sees herself as caught in a love triangle and just minutes later she's demanding to know why her love interest is so cold with her after they frenchkissed even at the expense of their mission - the last part felt the phoniest to me. Too much too quickly.

There are a few scenes that were poorly drawn:

*The girl is running with a switchblade for defense and accidentally cuts a security guard she runs into. One had to wince at that - after all the purpose of a switchblade is to suddenly switch it open if you need it.

*There is a scene where the protagonist and her cousin are fleeing the bad guys while having a conversation and the author points out that one of the girls glares at the other for asking a stupid question. It didn't ring true that the girl would have time or emotional reserves to glare while running for dear life.

*Didn't ring true that both girls wouldn't have thought of the keys as a portal for contacting Lynn immediately upon discovery. So when she finally thinks of it and says, "I can't believe I didn't think of this earlier," neither could the reader.

Could have used more proofreading, several typos.

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