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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  5,243 ratings  ·  343 reviews
Sherry has always known there was something out there. She's eighteen, works for a tabloid newspaper in Chicago and has a brother, Danny who is a lazy mooch. They live a pretty normal dull life with hippie parents and a normal existence. Then the moon dissapears and people start to go missing only to reappear later, but different. Sherry has an abusive ex-boyfriend who sho ...more
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Published June 12th 2011
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Shelly Crane
Aug 13, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Oh, where to start....This was my first book. I wrote it with absolutely NO intentions of having it published, looking into being published or ever in my life EVER letting anyone read it. I was in a rut of books to read and had a dream (I know every author says that). But actually, the dream wound up being nothing like what the book turned out to be. It was kinda Matrix-y. And after many, many long nights of talking to my husband I decided to share their story with you.

Writing Sherry and Merrick
Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
the first time I saw this book I thought the story would be...pretty good and then I started reading it and it was great but when I started reading chapter...10( I guess), the story was really really bad!!

do you guys want to know why I really really hate this book?

1. The Story

Merrick is a keeper and his job is to keep watching his special, Danny (Sherry's brother) but unfortunately he fall in love with Sherry while watching Danny actually, I don't know where the keepers are live an
Jessica Day
Jul 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
Like many before me have stated; I wanted to like it. I loved the premise, the alien/angel idea was interesting and different.

But. Oh my Lord... Sherry. If I had to read one more page of her dull, monotonous, droning I would have exploded. I am on a 'finish every book you start' kick. But, gosh, if it weren't for that I would have deleted this from my kindle about half way through, not missing a beat.

Shelly Crane is a mediocre writer. She has fabulous ideas; I have read some of her other b
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
SPOILERS: I am seriously conflicted with this book. The premise is very interesting, aliens come to earth in the form of beings called The Lighters. The Lighters look just like humans except for black eyes. The Lighters have come to earth and are basically mind controlling humans into believing that they are the good guys. There are humans that have been dubbed "specials" that have a specific task to carry out but what that individual task is is unknown, finally you have The Keepers, guardians o ...more
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
madie ✿
Mar 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was interesting in the beginning, but then as I read on the characters never reached any form of development, barely any conflict occurred, and everything just started to annoy the shit out of me.

Sherry. Sweet, sweet Sherry. You quickly became a one sided redundant character and I'm astounded as to how uninteresting you were.
The amount of times Sherry said "hmm" made me want to bang my head against a wall. She was talking in past tense, but then she would add in those little "Oh!" or "
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reading
love love love this book. cannot wait to get my hands on the next one. review to come soon....

My review...
Sherry has a horrible boss, hippy parents and a lazy brother. She is lonely and her abusive ex-boyfriend doesn't make her life any better. But one day the moon goes missing and "visitors" show up in other peoples dead bodies. This is where her boring life makes a u turn.

So we have the Lighters who are bad. But they come to earth making people think they are good and that the Keepers are the
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Well, where do I start......
I was so excited to order my signed copy of Collide after reading Significance. The epic love story had pulled my emotions in every which way. The comedy, drama, betrayal, and overall "rawness" of the story had me hooked. So I wasn't surprised that Collide did the exact same thing. Shelly Crane, you are amazing! How do you possibly combine such amazing characters with such amazing stories. This book takes a heartwarming and steamy love story with a brilliant plot that
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
AWWWWWWWWEEEESSSSOOOMMMEEE !!!!! Wow this book is too good to be true ! Talk about romance in the midst of an alien invasion . I dont even know where to begin my view of this book . Shelly Crane is definitely a genius . She handles the subject of two people , well not exactly two because one of them is an alien known as a keeper , falling in love in the middle of an 'end of the world ' catastrophe really well . I read this book after reading 'Significance 'and 'Accordance' and was completely obl ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Okay, I feel torn writing this review. For a first time novelist with no one to really edit or critique her work and no previous writing experience, I am fairly impressed on how well she did. That being said, there are a LOT of grammatical errors in this book. Grammar and spelling aside, parts of the story were pretty fun to read. Here were a few good and bad things for me.
Even though I'm not always gung-ho for sci-fi, I liked the idea of the Lighters or aliens coming down and trying to take ov
Anna McC
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! From the word go Shelly Crane had me wrapped up in her wonderful plot and her characters distinct personalities. This captivating paranormal romance was beautifully written and due to the preface tension was risen from the start which grabbed the readers attention. The author has done a brilliant job of creating a very unique YA/NA paranormal romance. She has managed to achieve this through her fantastic plot which grips you from the start.

The keepers and specials against the lighters and m
Jan 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
I wish I could pin point what I didn't like about this one. I just couldn't find something that sparked my interest. I wasn't really sold on any character (I didn't like them but I didn't hate them either). I thought the "oh aliens have been here for year" weird and that there didn't seem to be mass hysteria. I also disconnected when no one seemed to have any issue with going into an underground bunker....because they were "special".

I wish I'd liked it more. Read it for a challenge, I'm glad I g
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I didn't like it as much as signficance, but the story is original and kept me up until 2am reading! Recommend.
Na Deela
Apr 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy
*sigh* I really wanted to love this book. I really did. The beginning trapped me and I thought there was no getting out. But, I found a window and crawled right out of it. First, let's go through the positives and without giving too much away. I liked the storyline. What was happening in the world was a pretty scary thought and I was very interested in seeing what would happen next. The idea of the Keepers coming in and keeping people safe was good too. I liked that there was an otherworldy bein ...more
Lenore Kosinski
Original Review: 4 stars -- Loved it!! I was so worried when I read a lot of reviews on Amazon about it being boring, but it wasn't even remotely -- totally enthralled! I guess it depends on the kinds of books you read and what you were expecting out of it. It only got 4 stars b/c I felt it ended really abruptly -- totally didn't see that coming. Almost like she hit a word count and was like -- time for the next book. I mean, I'm gonna read the next one, no worries there, but it just jarred me. ...more
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
I truly wanted to love "Collide." The premise for the book was truly unique and interesting; however, the storyline was greatly hampered by the overly syrupy dialogues of love, little to no action and scenes that just do not make sense.

18 year old Sherry and her brother Danny were raised by hippie parents. So, Sherry has been more of a parent to her brother. She has finished college (Really,at 18?) and is working as a photographer for a local tabloid. Additionally, she is being stalked by an abu
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Now I usually don't do aliens. Just because I find those books can be pretty hard to read. HOWEVER I enjoyed this book. It felt very long which I suppose was a little hard to read sometimes but I did enjoy this book as it was just a nice story.

I didn't get why everyone was in love with Sherry, I mean I suppose I get that she was very shy and had low self esteem so therefore the description of her told by her wouldn't seem much. It just seemed strange boys were obsessed with her.
I loved the fact
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have no idea why I hadn't read this book before now! I loved absolutely everything about it! I loved the writing, the characters and the plot! First lets talk about the plot! WOW! It was so original and I just couldn't stop reading it! It had everything in it that I love and it was quite unexpected as I was expecting something completely different! It was also very interesting and paced perfectly! Next were the characters! I loved all of them! Sherry was the main character of Collide and I ado ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pnr, ya, favorites, paranormal
Wow!! I have already read several of Shelly's books and just love them... And Collide doesn't disappoint!!
After reading the synopsis, I was very curious as to what Collide was going to offer... Well, let me just say that I was pulled in from the very beginning and never lost interest all the way through...
I am amazed at the world Shelly has created... Plus, let's not forget the fabulous characters too!!
Collide centers around Sherry and Merrick. Sherry being a human of course and Merrick being
I didn't like it. I really hate to say this because I absolutely love Shelly Crane's writing. Her Significance series has one of my most favorite YA couples, Maggie and Caleb!

But I just couldn't connect with Sherry and Merrick, they were repetitive and they were always so down on themselves. They were awkward and the world building was strange and just very odd. I loved the concept of the plot, but I couldn't get into it. :\

Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This wasn't a bad read, but I can't say I enjoyed it that much. It just couldn't hold my interest very well, so I felt bored for a lot of it, which made it drag.


I picked Collide this week for my words with friend’s game on goodreads. Sherry is human but she’s not typical by any means. She has the ability to tell when people are lying, which can be good and bad. Suddenly the moon is gone, and aliens have arrived on earth changing everything. Sherry and her younger brother Danny are living at her house because her parents went off to welcome the aliens. When Sherry is confronted by her crazy abusive ex-boyfriend telling her that she and her brother need t
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Collide is one of those books that takes you on a wonderful journey. There is so much to this book that I don't know how to do it justice. Collide is a apocolyptic book that weaves a story that tests courage and family. Sherry has always felt there was something more and someone watching over her. When the Moon disappears from the night sky, strange things come to earth. People start to disappear only to return later acting differently. Danny, her little brother has had to move in and sleep on h ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Warning: This book is CALIENTE! HOT... HOT... HOT...

My Cover Thoughts: I love the cover of the kite flying high. To me it represents something flying to get somewhere and once there it will have meaning.

My Thoughts/Review: I absolutely love this book! Sherry is stuck in a ho hum job working at the local tabloid paper. She has a brother who is lazy and works at the local coffee shop and to make matters even worse her parents are stuck in the Woodstock hippie era. What is a girl to do? She is also
Teresa Mary Rose
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, paranormal, 2012
Originally Posted Here: Readers Live A Thousand Lives_Collide

Shelly Crane has yet to disappoint me. I am in love with her books. While Merrick and Sherry are no Maggie and Caleb or Clara and Eli, I still loved reading about them. Their story grabbed your attention from the very beginning and it was difficult to stop reading. Shelly Crane has created some of the sweetest love stories I have ever read, Merrick and Sherry are an adorable couple worth sighing over. I dare you to not smile while read
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I am really confused right now.

I have no idea what I just read.

I had this on my Kindle for a long time now. It's free on Kindle, by the way. I also had Significance (another book by Shelly Crane) on my Kindle as well. However, I had already read that one back in the day, and I was happy enough with it. So, now a long time later, I scroll through my Kindle and find this book. I think, well it's by Shelly Crane, might as well read it.

And so I read it.

And I have no idea what I just read.

Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I read this book I wasn't really into it, but now I feel like I shouldn't have kept putting it of. It's amazing and one of my favorite books.

Sherry is an awesome character. She's a little different from Maggie (from Significance). Maggie was quiet but not afraid to stand up for herself, neither is Sherry, but Sherry, to me, seemed to come off more serious then Maggie. Sherry kind of a take charge kind of person, but since she's so small and frail looking people tend to find her very nonthre
Autumn Review
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
Sherry is a responsible 18 year old girl, who put the needs of others before her own. She's close to her brother and has a slightly complicated relationship with her hippie parents. Life is going along like usual until one day the moon disappears. Once the moon disappears, other beings called Lighters and Keepers come to earth. Shelly's abusive ex-boyfriend re-enters her life and claims to be a Keeper named Merrick. He is her brother's guardian. Merrick has also watched Sherry her whole
Life is wasted on the living [Elena]
1.5 stars

This has got to be my lowest rating yet. I wanted to like Collide and enjoy it and talk about since it was a buddy read, but hell, I was so disappointed instead.

And why, you ask?
Well, let me tell you.
Sherry is an 18 year old girl who has just finished college? -yeah right- and has some kind of strange, bat shit crazy parents who don't care about her or her brother Danny who is a nice fellow, though a little bit lost in the entire situation.
She has a nut job ex boyfriend whose habit
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! Like, really and truly amazing!
Personally I still like her Significance series better but it was actually a big deal that I liked this book so much because I usually really don't like apocalypse books. But I should have known Shelly Crane could pull it off!
Sherry was an awesome main character and I absolutely loved Danny and their quirky group of survivors. And Merrick. Oh my goodness Merrick. *wipes drool off computer screen*
He was so incredibly awesome and oh so sweet! I
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Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay-at-home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She hoards paperbacks, devours sweet tea, searches year-round for candy corn, and loves to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at ...more

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“It’s ok, Merrick. I get it. I’m sorry, I just...I just can’t handle it when people are upset with me and I can’t fix it somehow. I’ll stay out of your way, ok.”
As I hopped down from the counter and turned to leave he grabbed my wrist and my skin immediately began to tingle.
“You’re so blind,” he breathed shaking his head.”
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