Judged by the Cover: If You Squint......
.... You can't see anything. I appreciate the fact that it's meant to look all creepy, but in the printed version, it's much darker, and you can barely see anything. It get's points for the typeface, but immediately loses them for the cheesy tagline.
It's not offensive, as covers go, but it won't win any awards either.
Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.
Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.
Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.
(adapted from the back cover)
Time of Day: I Think?
Vee seemed like an incredibly smart and amazing girl, but with only 250 pages, most of the time had to be spent developing the plot, rather than the characters. The narcolepsy was a good touch, considering many people haven't heard of it, and therefore, isn't overused, but it got more attention than she did. To be fair, though, what I saw of her was believable, even if she had superpowers, unlike most teens.
Head Over Heels: Ask Me No Secrets....
I can't say anything........ I can't because it will spoil everything.....
But I can say that I DID NOT see that coming.
Bonus Features: Paranormal
Not that it sounds like a fun experience, but Vee's 'sliding' made for a fascinating plot point. It's one of those 'what would you do' moments. How far is it ethical to take it? How do you stay silent if you know about a murder since no one will believe you?
Makes you think...
One of the things that really was amazing about the limited amount of Vee's character that I saw, was the way she treated her sister. Not that everything was always perfect between them, because face it, that is NOT what having siblings is like. Still, the begrudging affection and love that is abundantly clear in their relationship was perfect.
Face it guys, nothing perks up a plot faster than one or two dead bodies.....
Final Flavor: Pixie Stick
Ultimately this book was addictive; I tore through it in the span of an afternoon, and generally enjoyed it. For those of you lucky enough to go to the beach (NOT FAIR), it's the perfect sand and sun read. My only complaint is, that it seemed rushed. The story would have benefited with another hundred pages or so.
With a promising sequel planned for next year, I am more than ready to read it, and hopefully, I'll get that character development there wasn't room for in this installment.