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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  664 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Ask Aria Morse anything, and she must answer with the truth. Yet she rarely understands the cryptic words she‘s compelled to utter. Blessed—or cursed—with the power of an Oracle who cannot decipher her own predictions, she does her best to avoid anyone and everyone.
But Aria can no longer hide when Jade, one of the few girls at school who ever showed her any kindness, d
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Soho Teen
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Faye, la Patata
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: to-review, blog-tour
VERY mixed feelings. There will be a few raves, and a lot of rants.

But my issues in a nutshell:

* Sucky world-building. Come the fuck on. You're supposedly an Oracle, something that is deeply-rooted in mythology, and the only explanation we have of that is from a Grandma and from a book that shows you descended from one of the 10 Sybils? This very book supposedly records the last prophecies you answer? I is disappoint.

* I get that she was the school's social pariah because of her mumbling and ant
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
3.5 ⭐️ Ugh. I have such mixed feelings. This book was amazing all the way up to the last page...then I was disappointed. The killer was who I expected it to be which was fine. I was so excited to see how she would get out of trouble. But I was disappointed in the last sentence of the book. I get why the author said what she said. But I feel it could have been a BIT better.
Alice Liu
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much that I didn't eat, sleep, or bathe until I was done. So, while I was disgusting, the book was fantastic. "Ask Me" is a paranormal thriller/murder mystery. It's pretty apparent who the killer is, but the murder mystery is what the lead character Aria Morse is living through as she is forced by fate to answer all questions, all the time in a prophetically, out loud voice...often in verse. And the questions being asked are about a murder. As Aria pieces together the myst ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Enjoyable enough, but it's not a book that will stick with me in the long run. Therefore three stars.

Aria was quite a likable character. She had a very honest voice and just came across as very down to earth and I liked her. I also liked her grandparents, I thought they were really sweet.

So, nice characters. And the writing was pretty cool. Despite that, there were a lot of issues with Ask Me.

Aria's powers, first of all, remained vague and unexplained. There's so many possibilities to her powe
Biena (The Library Mistress)
Crossposted @ The Library Mistress

Ask her anything and she will answer you with the truth and nothing but.The premise of this book piqued my interest because of my history with fortune telling. I learned about my ability to read cards back when I was still in High School, I tried to erased it from memory only to once again do it in College. My friends were amazed by the precision of my prophecies but what baffles me is how I am doing it. Thinking about it now only puzzles me more. I just remembe
Wouldn't it be cool if you could predict the future just by answering a question. That's what happens in this book except it isn't so cool. Aria hates her "gift" with a passion and for good reason. This book does an excellent job of showing just how burdensome telling the truth all the time can be. I hate to hurt people's feelings and as a result I typically don't say what I think. Now that I have thought about it, I would hate to have Aria's problem. Not that I think you should go around lying, ...more
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
"I am the voice, I am the truth.
Ask me, I will speak."

This was a really interesting Oracle theme put into an everyday setting. I liked that this was almost completely contemporary - except for the fact that Aria must answer every question she hears with the truth. Even if that truth is in the form of a poem, a strange gibberish rhyming lines or even lines from books or poems. She can't lie and she can't hold back her answer. She's mastered the art of mumbling to hide it or blocking out the every
Josh Newhouse
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-5-14
As a big fan of the author I was biased, but I think this was a taut page-turner with an interesting concept hopefully setting up future books. The main character was fun, and the prophecies were intriguing especially once the secret was revealed... I felt myself feel dumb when I missed one aspect...

It is true that the killer was telegraphed and there were elements of duh in the ending... I thought of a swerve but it never materialized...

Two suggestions for future titles:

1. Remove the naughty s
Jennifer Burton
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved it!! I was really surprised by the ending. The author throws a curveball that you don't expect ...more
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’m on a bit of a reading streak when it comes to young adult fantasy that incorporates elements of Greek mythology (Promise of Shadows, Antigoddess, Cruel Beauty). And that’s awesome, because mythology has always been a particular favorite of mine, along with fairy tale retellings. I feel the need to interject here: DON’T STOP READING IF MYTHOLOGY ISN’T YOUR JAM! Kimberly Pauley’s latest release Ask Me is much more than that. It’s a contemporary fantasy that is part thriller, part mystery, part ...more
Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-faves
(View this review on My Library in the Making.)

Ask Me was a surprising read. I read the blurb before I cracked the book open but somehow, most of the things in it still came at me unexpectedly, and coupled with the thick suspense and mystery, I couldn't read fast enough.

Aria Morse has a unique ability: answers spew out of her mouth for every question that she hears. But because it's an ability she can't control, she views it as a curse that prevents her from being a normal teenager who has frien
Ornella (Nyx)
I'm utterly disappointed in this book. Oracles always make appearances in most mythology books in one way or another, but it's never the main subject. There are very few books out there were they take the center stage, and almost all of them have been failures for me. I'm just not satisfied with them. Ask Me is one of those.

Whenever I see a book about oracles I'm at least expecting some good background history and world building around the history of the oracle, whether it be Greek, Norse, or so
Katie Walton
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it

Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley is a pretty sweet read. The story is about a teenage oracle that is compelled to answer every question she hears with the truth. Of course sometimes the truth isn't as clear as one might hope and after a murder rocks Aria's small town the answers become a matter of life and death.

Mythology is huge at my library, we can't really keep it on the shelves and I think Ask Me might appeal to the same crowd.

There are a few things that keep this book from being a five star rea
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Pretty good, though it was too obvious who the killer was going to be. Less from clues left in the book (I only caught a couple, certainly not the big one, and then it was because I was already convinced)but rather because it is a cliche. I liked the concept behind having the tell the truth all the time, but it was annoying that sometimes the answers were very, very straightforward (He's banging Daisy) and other times were all but nonsense...and the only pattern as far as I could tell was when i ...more
I put off reading this book for a while, there was always something else more important I thought. HUGE MISTAKE! I loved this book. A lot.

It is subtle. Aria, the main character is incredibly likable, and the author did a wonderful job at making her "gift" important but not overpowering in the story. She had to answer questions, all questions, and it never got old, annoying, or lame; instead I could not wait to see each answer! This book fantastic. I knew from very early on who the murder was, a
Andrea Heltsley
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
Aria was such a complicated character. I loved that she had this huge problem and worked so hard to keep it hidden. She learned to cope as best as she could, and that's hard since she always has to answer questions with the truth-even ones not directed at her. Throw in a murderer, two sexy and mysterious guys with said truth teller, and it's a great book! I really hope there will be more books featuring Aria. Solid five glittery star read for a paranormal romantic suspense that will keep you tur ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This was an awesome book!!!
YA.... suspense....cute, weird, short kinda rushed, and predictable... could be better.... ;)
Aria is a descendant of one of the Greek oracles and as a result she has the ability to prophesize. Her talent comes from truthfully answering questions, any questions. This ability has ruined her family, she now lives with her grandparents, and she is ostracized at school because of her crazy mutterings and blunt answers to questions. A girl from Aria's school goes missing and the police are leading an investigation. Aria begins getting closer to the two boys the girl was dating before she went ...more
Amy Ang
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
It was an okay book. I saw the title and the description and asked myself "Huh, sounds like an interesting book..." Started reading, finished it in a day, mostly because the fonts are HUGE. Also, it was understandable that the character herself hates her gift, but obviously she could had used it to help people, and I find it hard to believe that people actually don't believe her - since if you ask her 70things about you, she'll answer them correctly, or throw in 70 riddles. who knows. Though, af ...more
Imagine that you know the answer to any question you overhear. Imagine that you are compelled to give the answer. Imagine that half the time, the answer is in odd riddles that make no sense whatsoever. This is the daily life for Aria Morse, a descendant of Sybil, an Oracle who can only speak truths. Life only gets harder when the only girl who was somewhat nice to her turns up dead, and everyone is desperate to know what happened and who killed her. The problem? None of Aria's answers are clear ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! So many different clues, and the beginning chapter was a great addition! It really got the reader wondering who ran over the man. The complete plot twist in the end was so unexpected! This book was amazing!!!
Breanne Mast
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Aria is unable to tell lies. In fact, she needs to tell the truth whenever anyone asks a question. Aria cannot understand the cryptic words coming out of her mouth. When one of her classmates disappears, Aria uses her gift to find out what happened.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-book, mmm-2018
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Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Immediately, even on the first page I was instantly drawn in and intrigued. I found I had a hard time putting it down, no matter where I was in the book. Never a dull moment, super thrilling, always left me wanting to know...What happens next?!
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very interesting premise for a young adult fiction novel, which makes the story remain compelling even as some of the characters fall flat into stereotypes. Worth the read as it goes quick!
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
With only two, possibly three suspects, the killer was obvious, but I still enjoyed the heroine.
Madisyn Weiss
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was very mysterious. I love the book. I love all the suspiciousness. Great book!
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very intense ...and real story
Holly Bishop
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was a quick murdery read with a fun twist...the main character has to answer any question she hears.

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KIMBERLY PAULEY is the author of the award-winning Sucks to Be Me, which was honored on the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list. The sequel, Still Sucks to Be Me, was listed on the VOYA Best Science Fiction Fantasy List of 2010. Born in California, she has lived everywhere from Florida to Chicago and has now gone international to live in the UK with her husband (a numbers man) and the cut ...more

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