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Summertime for Blair Reynolds and her friends had always been carefree and fun...until the summer they happened upon something that was not human. As they band together in a fight for their lives, Blair's true love becomes something more than human. Something unnatural. And their survival depends entirely upon their ability to keep a secret. ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by CreateSpace (first published July 14th 2011)
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Sep 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc
When you see a paranormal YA novel, you figure it's going to be about angels, vampires, faeries, you know, the usual. What we don't see often is something more along the lines of extraterrestrials. Cicada is one of those. It's a bit strange at times, but It's original and very imaginative.

The story starts pretty quickly with no messing around. We get thrown into Blair's life in the start of what has to be the strangest summer of her life. I did like the characters, in that they weren't annoying
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I wasn't sure what I was going to think when I began this book....... This book was awesome and I couldn't put it down. I'm not much for space aliens but Belle Whittington sure did know how to capture my attention and keep it. Thanks for the lovely read. I would definitely recommend this book. I already started her second book Firefly, as soon as I finished this one. I love the characters, the banter and the suspense.
Candace Smith
This story will keep you reading to the end and anxiously waiting for the other two parts to the trilogy. The characters are engaging and the locations described beautifully. The building love story is heartwarming and adds to the paranormal suspenseful experience. While apparently geared towards YA, I found this book a great read and recommend it.
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Belle Whittington sent me Cicada for review. From the first pages, I started to love it. And after I finished it, I was so captivated with it that I had an idea – a kernel, which developed nicely and grew into a publishing campaign. I talked with my fellows, Sabryy and Ramo, about my idea, and they loved it. Then, I talked to Belle about our intention to create a publishing campaign for Cicada. As you can guess, her answer was a positive one, even impressively good for us, and at the same time f ...more
Stefana Alexandra
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There are moments in life when keeping a secret is the most important things. No one has to know, even your best friends. Can you keep a secret?

Summer is a relaxation moment, but for Blair Reynolds, a seventeen years old teenager, summer is not what she was expecting to be. Her friends leave, the college is starting for them, so this may be the last summer they spent together. Felling that the summer will be to short, Blair is trying to keep what’s left from his friends. Until something interfer
My Rating: 3.0 / 5

First thoughts:
Please let me point out how much I love this cover and how the novel reflects the mystery that we're already presented in this picture. For me it's a unique story, unlike anything I've read before and I definitely need to find out more about the story Belle Whittington has created. If you're looking for something else than your usual paranormal novels, pick up Cicada.

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When I first started Cicada, I didn't expect it to be a story about aliens. I was s
Oct 25, 2011 rated it liked it
In Short
- Cicada had a new and unique paranormal creature
- I enjoyed Belle's writing
- The main characters were well developed
- I felt the romance wasn't necessary
- This is an imaginative story

In Long
Cicada has one of those blurbs which doesn’t really give much away so you find yourself starting a book which you don’t really know much about and have no idea where the story might go. I didn’t even really know what paranormal creatures were involved in this.

I did expect
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cicada by Belle Whittington is an out of this world book. She doesn't drag on the story, keeping it a continuous mystery. With more and more surprises along the way.

Blair is a normal girl with normal friends and family, until one summer when something totally bizarre and Definitively not human happens. Something that will change her life forever. And keeping a secret is the key to survival to this mystery.

At first i thought the book looked so interesting cause the cover did, and least expected
Sherry Gammon
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I won this book and put off reading it for a while due to a busy schedule. Big mistake! I really enjoy this story. I found the characters engaging and the story exciting! I feel MS Whittington is a beautiful writer. She presents an exciting story with well-designed prose. About the only think I didn't like was the ending. Sorry, I Hate cliff-hanger...unless I can pick up the next book and continue reading. SO please, Bella, Please Hurry;} and congrats on a well-written, entertaining novel. ...more
Novels On The Run
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it


I joined the blog tour for Cicada, without knowing anything about the book. I liked the cover. I liked the title of the book. Sometimes I prefer to know nothing about a book, so I have no expectations or reservations. It is a whole fresh experience for me.

I am going to say, although the cover is very pretty, I am scratching my head to find the significance of the image to the story within the pages. I am not being judgemental , not unless I
Michelle  novelsontherun
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it

I joined the blog tour for Cicada, without knowing anything about the book. I liked the cover. I liked the title of the book. Sometimes I prefer to know nothing about a book, so I have no expectations or reservations. It is a whole fresh experience for me.

I am going to say, although the cover is very pretty, I am scratching my head to find the significance of the image to the story within the pages. I am not being judgemental , not unless I am missing somethi
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sabrina by: Laura
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Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I was really excited to get this book, and when I read it, I read it in one morning, mainly because it's so short, only 220 pages. I think that the shortness of the book impacted this book on extreme levels, whether you were aware of it or not. I also love this cover, and it reminds me of that cover, the Mind Readers. Actually, the Mind Readers reminded me of this book because I read Cicada first and very recently discovered that book. Here's the cover to the Mind Readers, by Lori Brighton. The ...more
For 17-year-old Blair Reynolds and her friends, being the bearer of secrets is getting really old. But it’s something she learns to deal with, because there’s no other option. If the people in her small town ever found out what she and her friends discovered in the woods and hid in the storage room, the whole town would be up in arms, literally. You see, folks here don’t believe in aliens from outer space. Besides, if they ever found out what two of those aliens did to one of their own, well, le ...more
Lucia  The Loyal Book
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Under the hot summer sun, what can we read? Something refreshing…Vampires? Angels? Lycantropes? Aliens? Yes, you got that right, I mentioned aliens, because they are the protagonists of Cicada, a young adult novel with sci-fi elements. First book in a new series, the story takes place in beautiful Texas, in a small town surrounded by nature. I've just said beautiful Texas because the descriptions of the book fascinated me and created such a realistic and vivid scenary. I was totally in love with ...more
Cathy  Keaton
* Plot: Things definitely happen, although, perhaps timed a little off what they should be. Blair is a high school girl whose friends have all just graduated from high school, except she still has another year left. Everyone else is going through major life changes, especially when they all encounter a creature that appears to not be of this world. Her old friend Everett ends up being the most affected by this creature, and thus changes the most, and also makes some drastic changes to his future ...more
Romancing the Book
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, ya
Review by Valerie: WARNING: Spoilers are in this preview.

I loved the preface to this book... “So, I ask again. Can you keep a secret? If not, put aside this story. Throw it away. Burn it. Tell no one what lies between the covers of this book. But if you can keep a secret, proceed with caution. And tell not a soul.” My hubby and I took a trip last year to southeast Texas, to the great piney woods during the hot summer days and nights where this story took place, and as I read, I felt like I was
Nicole Storey
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Today’s blog is a book review on an awesome read that I finished in one day! The book is “Cicada” by Belle Whittington and I thoroughly enjoyed it for many reasons. It’s one of those books that you think you have figured out, only to to realize that there is much left to discover.

In this book, the characters come to life. The teens in this story are not glamorous or rich, but everyday kids that are believable and easy to relate to. They are written with emotion and smoothed and polished by time.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I started Cicada I knew only 2 things: it was a sci-fi book, and a cicada is an insect. As I tore through the pages of this fluid and easy to digest novel, I fell in love with the simple Texas story of love and more. Yes it has science fiction elements, but it's not only a book about impossibilities it is also a book about everything that is possible in life, even those things we never expect.

Cicada is a summer story, which made me yearn for long and lazy warm days. I found Belle Whittingto
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Blair and her friends -Andrew , Everett , Natalie and David - usually spent a funny summer together , that means nothing strange in their lives.
But , this summer things had changed and they must pass through some difficult obstacles if they want to live.
First , they discovered an abandoned building , one they have never seen before. But the real problem starts when they found that creepy crop circle on the pasture near Blair's grandpa ranch.
Somebody cut it in the grass , and they must figure out
Kristan (Lost Amongst the Shelves)
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Cicada is a really fun and fast read that is making me miss summertime... a lot. It follows a group of friends for the summer, with the focus on the main protaganist Blair, in a small town in Texas. I loved the closeness of this group of friends, how when faced with the scary reality of a certain situation (don't want to give too much away) they stick together and look out for one another at all costs. That was probably my favorite part of the book. Blair's older brother, Andrew, was especially ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Tiffany Holme
May 26, 2012 added it
Shelves: own, ebook
This book was surprising in so many ways. I have a very fragile relationship with the entire not human thing. However Belle Whittington has created a well written and intriguing story. There wasn't a point where I felt it was too much or got board with the story. The characters were so realistic and believable and to be honest the story was more about them than anything. I think that was one of the biggest things for me, that the story wasn't just about "It" but about the secrets and what was go ...more
Rachel V.
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay let me just tell you that this book took me by surprise. I did not know what it was about as the summary doesn’t give a whole lot away. I have not read any alien books (that I remember) but if this is how they are I definitely would like to read more books like this. I give this book 5 stars because that is as high as I can go.

Plot – I loved the storyline. It was unique and really drew me in and kept me reading. The first part of the book was a little slower compared to the rest of it beca
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read "Cicada" from the first second that I looked at her. I wanted to buy it, but I have not from where to, so I participated at Belle's giveaway on facebook. And guess what? I won! I was so happy! Three weeks later,"Cicada" was arriving to me, and I begun to read it. It took me so long because of school, and I haven't enought time to read. But right now, I can say that this stunning book deserve to be read by everybody!

Blair is the main character. She's sweet, strong, beautiful, a
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, aliens
GENRE: YA Fantasy
THEME: Aliens
RECEIVED: Review Request for Book Tour
3.5 Stars

I didn’t know what to expect with Cicada the synopsis caught my attention right away and the cover didn’t give much of a hit of what to expect. But I truly enjoyed this one of a kind young adult novel. Finally! A book without the usual paranormal creatures and a plot that just kept on making me guess. Though the beginning was a bit slow for me, when it started picking up I c
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
I'm not entirely sure if i'm allowed to review the book. I mean at the start says i have to keep a secret whatever i've read, right?

*sigh*..Fine..i'll risk it..but i won't give much info..i love my life you know...

Cicada is a small, in general, book and fast. There is so many things happening in, so much action and mystery that it keeps you on the edge of your sit until the end. It's written without too many details, but enough to have you guessing and want to know more. The story has to do with
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was not expecting such a big story from such a small book. The gorgeous cover deceived me a little because this 198 page adrenaline pack story was about aliens in a small Texas town near Houston (my home town). I’ve always been terrified of aliens after seeing Fire in the Sky so this book was on the scary side for me but you will not find the book in the Horror section in the bookstore. I would say its more of a YA Thriller with a pocket full of romance.

The five main characters, Blair, Andrew
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Some books just feel like they were written for you only. That's how Cicada felt for me. When I was 13, I was obsessed with the TV show Roswell. The dormant UFO-freak in me rejoiced when I learned that Cicada featured a different kind of paranormal, my kind of paranormal (that sounds weird...)

Cicada is a wonderfully constructed story about changes and the end of childhood. After summer ends, four out of five characters are going to college, but a different kind of "change" will send them on dif
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
2/5 stars

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Cicada's synopsis was very intriguing. I love books that are about uncovering a secret and also about a group of friends banding together for a cause or goal, so I was pretty excited for Cicada. However while the beginning was enjoyable, I have to say the book dragged a lot. Also the ending was out of the blue and I felt it was a bit too rushed. However, Cicada was enjoyable, it had the potential to be more but in the end it was an enjoyable read.

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Belle resides somewhere north of Houston, Texas in a small inconsequential town with the smallest most inconsequential name. There, in the shady reaches of the pines, elms, and oaks, she daydreams of adventures and secrets that she weaves throughout her stories.

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