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Summer Davis sees deaths before they happen. She attempts to live a normal life by focusing on the dance team and her quarterback boyfriend. But then the way-too-cheery Angel of Death shows up and tells her she’s a Cipher—a person chosen to help people who are going to die resolve problems with their loved ones. Ashlyn Moore, one of Summer’s classmates, is going to die, ...more
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Published July 22nd 2013 (first published July 18th 2013)
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Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 Stars

MY THOUGHTS
Summer has the ability to foresee deaths. Ever since she foresaw her own mother's death, unable to stop, Summer has hated her gift. Now, an Angel of Death comes to her and tells her that people with her ability have a name. They are Ciphers and they are meant to help those who are about to die finish what needs to be done. Apparently, a girl named Ashlyn at Summer's school is about to die and Summer
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John Clark
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When Lisa Burstein blogged about this, I immediately contacted the publicist to ask for a copy so I could review it. I am very happy to say it lived up to the advance hype and I'd love to have it come out in print at some point so I could add it to my library.
Summer Davis is barely holding together. On the outside, she looks cool and popular but inside, she continues to be on the thin edge of screech. It started when she realized there were times when she would pass someone on the street and
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Ellen
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-arc
I just love Cindi Madsen's books and I was really excited to read her latest release, Cipher. Cipher is the story of Summer Davis, a teenage girl who can see people's deaths before they happen. Summer started having her "visions" when she was just a young teen. She tried to brush them off, but when one of them struck too close to home, it pretty much threw her for a loop and into a deep depression. Summer finds out that she is a Cipher, someone whose job it is to help people who are going to ...more
Angela
Jul 05, 2013 marked it as tbr-lost-interest
Shelves: free, kindle, ya, paranormal
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annika
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Abandoned at 10%. Sad because it looks so good. :( The writing was mediocre, things were happening way too fast. If just wasn't my type of book.

Content: PG-13 - Lots of kissing/tense moments and excessive language
Rachel Harris
The perfect blend of snark and heart, Cipher is one fresh take on death you've never seen before!
Nicole
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! including Troy (another book boy to add to the list of why can't real guys be like this)
Jassie
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Heather (Heather Hearts Books) Kilpatrick
4/5 HEARTS at www.heatherheartsbooks.com

(A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.)

From the beginning to the end, I thoroughly enjoying Madsen's Cipher. The characters were engaging, the story was unique, and the pace was fast. It didn't take me long to plow through the book.

As a former dancer myself, I really appreciated the fact Summer was a dancer and that it was something so important to her and defining for her. I also really enjoyed the careful crafting of the
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Diayll
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 5 Controllers, Crown Rating
Review Source: Blog Tour/Blast
Reviewer: AimeeKay


OK. I know this is a giant spoiler but I’m giving Cipher a 5 controllers out of 5 Royalty award! OMG! This book was amazing. If you don’t read the rest of my review that’s fine, but definitely take my advice on this one and go pick up a copy of this book. Pick up a box of tissues while you’re at it.

I have to say when I started this book I struggled at first. Not because
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Jana (My Messy Chapters)
Wow. I really, really didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. And I never expected that I would be on a rollercoaster ride full of feelings - I even cried during this book, people! And you know how rarely that happens. The plot may seem cliche and over-used "teenage girl sees deaths before they happen" but I'm so glad to say that it's not just about that. There's so many factors in this story that I adored and once I finished the book, I still couldn't stop thinking about it.

Even
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Thamy
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Summer Davis sees deaths before they happen. She attempts to live a normal life by focusing on the dance team and her quarterback boyfriend. But then the way-too-cheery Angel of Death shows up and tells her she’s a Cipher—a person chosen to help people who are going to die resolve problems with their loved ones. Ashlyn Moore, one of Summer’s classmates, is going to die, and she needs Summer’s help before that happens".

I absolutely loved this book. I loved the characters and their personal
...more
Jhed Parico
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
*I got a free copy from the author for review purposes and blog tour*

Death has always been my weakness. Well, besides the goody-goody and kissy-kissy scenes. I mentally went crazy after reading such a book! It is indeed a fact that a good book can give you can give you a real and unforgettable cry. This has been the third one on my list.

I've been on and about crazy when I saw the cover. It was magnificent and when I started reading this, I cannot accept the fact that the girl, Summer, has been
...more
Ida
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

TROY!!!!
Claire
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well that was all kinds of awesome. Can't wait for book 2
Sophia Henry
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, 2013
Loved it. Swooning over Troy. Can't wait for book 2.
Paul Madsen
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This young adult drama grabs you and won't let you go

I was expecting more paranormal events but was pleasantly surprised by clean and wholesome dialog containing romance without any of the usual unnecessary steamy bedroom scenes. The Grimm Reeper with a sense of humor and a touch of humanity brought the Angel of Death our characters can relate to. I highly recommend this tale for the young and young at heart.
Jan
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-urban-fantasy
Four and a half stars!

There isn't much I can say about this book without spoilers. I couldn't put it down. I cried at the end even though I knew what was coming. I got the first book for free and I am seriously considering buying the rest of the series.
Michelle
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! I was a little unsure of how well I'd like it going in, since my previous experience with Cindi Madsen's work is All the Broken Pieces, which I thought was pretty decent (although not particularly memorable, as I've forgotten most of what happens), and Falling for Her Fiance, which I thought was very mediocre. But this was easily my favorite thing of hers I've read thus far. It actually reminded me a little of Pivot Point (although it's not incredibly similar in terms of ...more
Kimberly Callegan
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Just the beautiful cover alone makes you want to pick up this book, which Living Fictitiously had the honor of being a part in the revealing. And behind this beautiful cover lies an awesome, authentic, interesting story.

I knew from the moment I read this opening -->> 'Nothing to worry about. I'm only going to remember this night for the rest of my life.' <<-- that my eyes would be dancing around the pages of Cipher by Cindi Madsen.

As the clock starts running down on Ashlyn’s life,
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Tina
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Taken from my book review site: http://tinalizreads.blogspot.com/

First of all, I want to say that I probably would have given this book 3.5 stars instead of 4 if it wasn't for the Friday Night Lights reference. The main character goes to see a band that is from the TV show Friday Night Lights and there is someone there who plays football and his name is "Tyler". So Landry's band was playing and Tim Riggins (played by Taylor Kitsch) was in attendance and that just made me so happy that I
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-RadioactiveBookworm-
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Goodreads Synopsis: Summer Davis sees deaths before they happen. She attempts to live a normal life by focusing on the dance team and her quarterback boyfriend. But then the way-too-cheery Angel of Death shows up and tells her she’s a Cipher—a person chosen to help people who are going to die resolve problems with their loved ones. Ashlyn Moore, one of Summer’s classmates, is going to die, and she needs Summer’s help before that happens.

It’s nearly impossible to get through to Ashlyn, who
...more
Frannie Pan
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.5 stars.

This is one of those books that you read one day and you forget almost everything about the day after.

It wasn’t exactly anything special and what really bumped me was that it could have been so much better because it actually had some potential but no, why bother?

Summer can see people’s death if she touches them and if their death is imminent. She tries to ignore this ability until one day a woman shows up in her room telling her that Summer’s a Cipher: she has to help people
...more
Cerian
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Rookie Romance.

Summer appears to be a popular girl on the high school dance team with a quarterback boyfriend, but underneath the surface she struggles to keep herself from falling apart. She sometimes sees people's deaths before it happens, and soon discovers from the Angel of Death that she is a Cipher. It's her job to help people resolve their issues with loved ones before their deaths. And it's not a job Summer wants. She has to befriend Ashlyn, a girl at her school,
...more
Marty Banks
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book starts fast and keeps going. I loved all the drama of the teen world: friends who start nasty rumors, boyfriends who pressure for sex, friends where you don’t expect them, and those parents who are both annoying and cherished. Summer is a great character who the reader instantly identifies with, and the whole cipher thing fits right in, bringing in an extra Whomp! of surprise. And that Gabriella—what a funny angel-messenger-task master. Also, the addition of surfing as a main action, ...more
Bianca
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, fantasy, free, 2014
This was so nice. Suprisingly actually. It was sad, it was funny, it was cute, it was horrible it was everything a book needs. And it was for free. o_o I even loved the love story in this one. It didn't seem fake...as in "omg you so hot *Drool*". No it was actually real. Slow growing and subtle and not so forced. They were adorable <3
And the story itself...I felt like crying in the end when shit went down. I had so much hope Q_Q I have to buy the second one, and I will write a better review
...more
Lana
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful YA Romance! Madsen cleverly portrays a teenager with an unusual ability and the difficulties that come with it. The characters are well-developed and stick with you long after you finish reading the book. This is a great story of first love and friendship. I look forward to the next book in the series!
Heather Langston
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-ebook
This was really good. The character interaction is, to put it simply, awesome. It was very easy for me to lose myself in this book and to emphasize with the characters. I'd smile, laugh, roll my eyes, and yes, I even cried with them. Highly recommend this read and will definitely be continuing this series!
Amy Lyn Kelsey
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. it is a must read for anyone who enjoys this type of ya book. It was a fast read and i enjoyed her story telling, I cried, laughed and felt for her as i read through this book
Rabidreading
3.5 stars. Shaky start but solid finish. Overall, CIPHER is a likeable and enjoyable read, and I'm interested to see where the series goes.

Check out my full review on August 8th @ The Demon Librarian as part of the Cipher Blog Tour!
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