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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  227 ratings  ·  85 reviews
It takes only half a second…

…Like those commercials where a crash test dummy rockets forward at high speed and slams into a wall.
…In that instant, every thought in Emma Lynn Walsh’s head collides with mine—every thought, memory, hope, disappointment and dream.
…I open my eyes to see Dr. Walsh peering at me, a puzzled expression on her face.

“Let—go—of—me,” I order though cle
Paperback, 302 pages
Published June 23rd 2014 by Hallowed Ink Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Laurisa Reyes At the present, there is no sequel for Contact. However, I have a seedling of an idea for a sequel, but not sure when I'll start writing it. If you li…moreAt the present, there is no sequel for Contact. However, I have a seedling of an idea for a sequel, but not sure when I'll start writing it. If you like my writing, you might take a peek at my fantasy series, The Crystal Keeper. Book I, Exile, is free in digital format. Enjoy!(less)

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Contact was a fun young adult book. It didn't blow me out of the water, but it kept me interested enough to keep flipping the pages.

As the title implies, whenever Mira touches anyone, she gets their whole life history downloaded into her mind. It's a fairly new phenomenon, she's pretty freaked out, and she's already attempted suicide twice when the book opens.
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I had just finished a story about a girl with powers who felt driven to k
James Cox
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This had a lot of dark and twisted moments. It was a great story. I'm looking forward to the next book! ...more
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Hallowed Ink Press for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was looking for a fast-paced book, and I found it in Contact. It just doesn’t let the reader go. When I first started it, I told myself, only ten minutes. I only managed to drag myself away from it thirty minutes later (that’s how long it took for the rational side of my brain to seize control and remind me that I had to wake up at 4:30 a.m. the next morning).

Mira is a very str
Carlyle Labuschagne
What a great read. The story had me glued to the pages. Contact had everything a reader seeks to escape between the pages. Mystery, romance, powers, drama and action. We follow a 16 year old girl who feels she is cursed with a horrible ability, what makes it worse it that no one believes her. She struggles to hold it together, feeling even more pressured by the fact that her father is a very important man and always in the media. When her mother is murder she will find her abilities a very cruci ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fantasy
This book doesn't have the most complex story, but the author makes it compelling by the way the chapters are structured. I felt compelled to keep turning the pages to see what Marcus and his band would do next. ...more
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
Contact had me hooked from chapter one! The idea that you could know someone's thoughts and memories from a single touch was intriguing. Add just the right amount of romance and suspense and you end up with a very exciting story. Hoping to see this as a series. ...more
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What a rush! What a ride! This book is freaking epic! And sad, hopeful, shocking, I’m trying to gather all my thoughts for the review. (Even if you don’t usually read young adult, give this book a try!) ...more
Sharon Tyler
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Rock of Ivanore by Laurisa White Reyes is a fantasy novel for middle school through adult readers. It is the first book of the Celestine Chronicles. Marcus is an orphan in a small town. He is raised and considered an apprentice by the elderly enchanter Zyll. When the annual Great Quest is announced in Quendel, to find the Rock of Ivanore. The outcome of the quest will decide the future of Marcus and a handful of other fifteen year old boys from the village. The boys set of on the quest with ...more
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars!

This review was originally posted on my blog, Hiveretcafe

I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. This fact in no way affects my review except for the existence of the review itself. I received no compensation whatsoever for the review.

This book did not turn out to be what I expected! I expected to be reading a book that really focuses in on the fact that Mira has supernatural powers and while Contact does have some focus on the powers them
Eve (Functioning Insanity Reviews)

Now I was provided Contact by Laurisa White Reyes by NetGalley and Hallowed Ink Press to read and review. This is an ARC and is set to come out June 23rd. This is a story about a girl, Mira, who tries to kill herself. We join her after her second failed attempt. She isn't depressed and suicidal as you might initially think, no she has a deeper reason. Every time she comes into contact with someone, skin to skin, for even just a second she can see everythi
Amber (The Book Bratz)
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"It takes only half a second…

…Like those commercials where a crash test dummy rockets forward at high speed and slams into a wall.
…In that instant, every thought in Emma Lynn Walsh’s head collides with mine—every thought, memory, hope, disappointment and dream.
…I open my eyes to see Dr. Walsh peering at me, a puzzled expression on her face.

“Let—go—of—me,” I order though clenched teeth."

I was hooked at chapter one. I was able to relate with Mira
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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Netgalley gave me this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Contact by Laurisa White Reyes

Mira has already tried to commit suicide two times, but she has failed both times. She shouldn't be depressed because of a drug that is supposed to prevent people from getting depression, but all that has managed to do was give her the power to see every
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it


I got approved to read this book through netgalley. It sounded intriguing, to say the least. Mira sees people's whole life flash in her mind when she touches them. Their hopes, dreams, memories. She hates it so much, se tries to commit suicide twice. Her mom is the only person who seems to believe her and who is there for her. Her father is this big wig in this company who eradicates depression and mental disorders in teens. He also is running for governor
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley as part of a blog tour.
I raced through this book it was a very quick read and I think that is due in large part to the very mysterious plot that kept me reading on wanting to find answers as bad as Mira did. I enjoyed the writing cause as I said the pace was fast and it stayed that way from start to finish, my only issue is that I wish there was a little bit more of an explanation on Mira's power of course it is touched on a talked about a li
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Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.

To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated for the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of the miracle drug Gaudium. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her
Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. It is a solid 3.5 stars.
This book started out good and got better. The setting in this book was pretty unique, well as unique as it can be with the fantasy genre. The book is set on an island that is at, what would be considered, a cold war with the mainland. On this island there are intersting inhabitants like Agorans(cat like humans), Grocs (big hairy monsters that can transform into humans), and cyclopses.
The basis of the book is, these young men must go on a quest to fi
Leah (White Sky Project)
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love fantasy books for young readers. They make for such light, easy and entertaining reads. The Rock of Ivanore by author Laurisa White Reyes was no exception.

This was a really fun and feel-good book to read. I read it in one night because I just wanted to find out how everything will turn out. The writing is simple and easy to follow. It had adventure and magic. It talked about friendship, love, honor, and loyalty, but it also had some dark moments. There have been reviews that the story, e
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When 16-year-old Mira touches another person she know everything they know, every thought they've ever had, every memory. Because of this curse, Mira has attempted suicide twice. Her father works for a company that created a miracle drug that ends mental illness, but killed volunteer test subjects. This is a really well written story with an intriguing plot. The pacing is really good and I really liked Mira. The story drew me in and held my interest. There is a sweet love interest named David wh ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by Laurisa White Reyes. She immediately grabbed my attention in Contact and once I started I couldn't put the story down. The imagination and detail that went into Contact is just beyond epic. I love that Laurisa brought diversity to the table in this story, as a mother with hispanic children its nice to be able to read stories they can somewhat relate to even if it is Urban Fantasy. I loved the characters, there was never a dull moment, there was always some t ...more
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was hooked from the beginning. Mira is such an interesting character. The pace of this book was just right for a ya novel. I found the idea
and the story unique and compelling. I found myself staying up late to read just a little more, and then a little more...I just wanted to find out what happened next. I would love to read a sequel, because I think Mira has more story to tell. The author has a new, fresh perspective. Her writing reflects an understanding of generational and cultural points
L.L. Hunter
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Contact is such an explosive read. The way Mira explains how it feels when she touches someone, minus the physical pain was how I felt when I read Contact. Mira has the ability to see someone's memories and feelings just by touching them. It makes it hard for Mira to form relationships or even leave the house. Then she meets David. Sexy and cute David who begins to change Mira and show her that it's going to be okay. Then a series of events begun to unravel: betrayals, lies, secrets all mak ...more
This is a paranormal story with a relatable character and what grabbed my attention was the beautiful cover. I went into it blindly and I was surprised by the themes that are tackled in it.

Mira is a complex character with a load on her shoulders that weights even more on her heart and mind. I liked the premise and I liked the mystery even better.

There were a few things that seemed not to fit, or to be out-of-character, some twists were predictable and the romance I could have done without, but
Kelly Akemann
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It gripped me from the very beginning and kept me in its grasp til the very end. There were many twists and turns that made me not want to put down the story. I was on edge most of the second half of the story. The characters are well described and are very impressionable. I particularly was intrigued by her father and Jordan. I would high recommend people recommend people read this book.
A fantastic fantasy book for either middle grade or teen readers. Plenty of excitement, action, mystery and magical creatures. The characters are a delight to discover with surprises all the way through. A treasure to add to my personal favorites.
Kimmie Ellis
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
loved it! The book does not disappoint. I was drawn in from the start and didn't want to put it down until I was finished. I was pleasantly surprised reading I thought I knew how it was going to end, but I was wrong. Hoepfully the author writes a sequel. ...more
Amber Garr
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars.

Full review to come later!
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-books
This book took me by suprise, I LOVED IT !!!
A page turner, and I even cried some tears ...
I wonder if it's a stand alone book?
I could read another one ...
I was wary when it said the main character tried to kill herself, I wasn't sure that's what I wanted to read right now. But I honestly hate leaving netgalley books unfinished, so i gave it a shot. I was skeptical when scientists in this world supposedly "cured" depression, but I'm drawing the line at "eradicating autism". Autism isn't something that needs to be eradicated, it isn't something that needs to be cured. Stop pushing that idea and listen to actual autistic people and what they need an ...more
Sher A. Hart
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contact surprised me in multiple ways, all pleasant. It seemed set in the very near future with a few important differences – the SF equivalent of magical realism. I love SF and fantasy, but most books without a lot of futuristic or fantastic elements usually bore me. Not so with Contact. The miracle drugs setting the plot in motion didn’t strain my credulity, an advantage paired with Mira’s reaction to skin contact.

The action built suspense at a good pace to keep me guessing, so I kept turning
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