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Shades of the Future

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  15 reviews
What would you do if you could see your future? Would you try to change it? What if you couldn’t? Sometimes this thing we call “the gift” is really a curse.

Mariah Davis loves animals, running, and her hunk of a boyfriend, Kevin Creamer. Everything looks bright for her until the day she finds a pair of sunglasses that allow her to see the future.
When she glimpses a disaster
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 164 pages
Published July 15th 2012 by Turquoise Morning Press (first published July 1st 2012)
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Ashley Maker
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I read it in two sittings, and if I hadn't been interrupted by my family, it would have been only one. There were parts where I smiled, laughed, and even teared up. I'm from a small town myself and could totally relate to what life was like for Mariah in Honey Creek.

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Characters: Mariah was my favorite, of course. Even when she was depressed and lashing out, her emotions were shown so well that I hurt with her. I understood why she was doing the things sh
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Suzanne Lilly’s ‘Shades of the Future’ is a quick trip into the most-happening lives in a small town ever.

Honey Creek seems normal enough, from the diner to the general location, the everyday folks as well as the teens, like Mariah Davis. Mariah’s an ordinary teen, isn’t she? She’s got goals – like running a marathon and getting into college. She’s not superstitious and she’s got some good friends. She’s got a perfectly good boyfriend
Books Mom
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by the premise of this story -- because who wouldn't like to make sure things in our lives went well? If we had the power to know what would happen, would we try to change things?

Mariah finds a $400 pair of sunglasses and is excited to have them ... until she starts seeing things that are going to happen. At first it's harmless enough (a pop quiz in trig! Cool... she can study), but it becomes less innocent as she sees herself in a horrible accident. Despite her efforts to change
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book has everything I'd like for a good summer read. It's short and you can read it quick! I really liked the overall plot.

At first, I thought Mariah was super lucky! She found 400 dollar designer sunglasses! I would die if that happened to me. She even has a cute boyfriend and a cool best friend. But she finds out that the sunglasses let her see the future! But the future isn't always nice. The sunglasses cause her to end up in a wheelchair, break up with the boyfriend she loves and lose h
Nikki Hensley
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, in fact I read it all in one sitting! The main character, Mariah, was well developed and I felt as if I were experiencing her emotions as I read them. When she was depressed about her accident and frustrated, I felt anxious, when she was happy I felt relief and found joy in her success. There was a lot of clever dialogue (one of the most important parts of any book I think!) and I enjoyed Grandma Nancy's little sayings. Also, the characters are animal lovers, can't go ...more
Harley Brooks
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved the premise of this story, and Lilly did a wonderful job of creating characters you can actually relate to. Mariah is the perfect petulant teenager, so much so, I wanted to physically shake some sense into her a couple of times. But the way she took charge of her life and refused to give up, made you want to keep cheering her on. No spoilers, but Lilly did a great job on showing perseverance, undconditional love, and the true meaning of friendship. Also, I'm up for a game of "Gauntlet" if ...more
Julie Joyce
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've never read a book like this one. The premise intrigued me. Though you might think a book that has a main character who can see the future would be predictable and flat, this was anything but.

I adored the characters and the town. I loved the richness of the descriptions and details filtered throughout. The car accident was so visceral. It chilled me to the bone. I felt everything Mariah felt. And even though we're made to expect it will happen, it still shocked the hell out of me the way it
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
What an emotional journey! Mariah Davis has a caring and talented boyfriend, a volunteer gig she loves, and a dream. She has it all, except a scholarship. But she has a plan to earn the scholarship. Until a car accident - and the expensive sunglasses that warned her about the tragedy before it occurs - changes her life.

The ending made me cry. And we should all have a Kevin Creamer to rely on during hard times.
Shades of the Future is a believable story with good action, emotion, and a happily ever after. It's a great addition to the Honey Creek Books line!
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book as a first reads. It took a while for me to finish because of personal distractions.
I really liked this book. It was well written, I liked the characters and I had a major stake in the storyline. I don't usually read young adult, but this was a nice foray into it.

Mariah is a star student, and runner working towards a running scholarship at OSU. Life is going well for this young woman who has already faced the tragedy of her parent's deaths. She smart, works hard and has the
Lisa Ard
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
When Mariah finds a pair of sunglasses that allow her to see the future, the urge to peek is great. But, should she look? Would you? That's the strong and overriding question throughout this young adult romance.

Mariah is unable to change the future she foresees. An auto accident drastically alters her life -- her hopes, her loves, her friendships and more. As she fights to recover, Mariah also struggles with her relationships. Readers of this genre will appreciate the idealistic romance between
Lori Henrich
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Mariah on the top of the world. She has a great boyfriend, is focused on her future as a vet and is once marathon away from getting the scholarship she needs to attend college. Everything was going pretty good until she found a forgotten pair of expensive sunglasses. When she puts on the sunglasses they give her a glimpse into the future. At first isn't is fun and thrilling, but when she sees something that if it comes true will put her future plans in jeopardy.

Interesting story.
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
*received this book through first reads on goodreads*
I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit. It's a short fast paced read. (I liked the characters).The story was real and wasn't just slapped together in a big hurry.

So congratulations Suzanne! It was quite the story. Although I haven't read a story about a girl getting paralyzed until this one, I liked it ( not that she was paralyzed) because she gets through her struggles and sets out to do what she wanted to do before the accident.
Sheryl Martin
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through good reads first reads giveaway and although I was going to give it a 4 star rating, the ending changed my mind. I really loved how she developed the main character and how much she changed throughout the book. I did start to get annoyed by then main character partway through but if I were in her situation I would probably behave the same way. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Its a quick read and I think that most people would enjoy it.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good storyline, even though I don't read YA novels.
Suzanne Lilly
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Suzanne Lilly writes lighthearted stories with a splash of suspense, a flash of the unexplained, a dash of romance, and always a happy ending. Her short stories have appeared in numerous places online and in print. She lives in Northern California where she reads, writes, cooks, swims, and teaches elementary students.

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