Clear: A Death Trippers Novel
When the college junior flees Chicago and leaves her toxic family behind, she heads for coastal Maine to find the one person who brought her peace years ago: Sam Bishop. But the Sam she once knew now has painful secrets.
Stella is determined to heal them both. Healing, however, is a challenge whe ...more
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Readers must go into this book without any “flat out” preconceived ideas of what to expect from this story. It's totally out of the box and nothing like her other books. This story was not only consuming but down right disturbing at times. It most definitely could be considered dark and at times it even got pretty gory. Ms. Park utilizes a paranormal element of what she calls “death tripping” while she brilliantly tied the story together and left me eager to discu ...more
"It's a good day to die, my friend."
Unique and entertaining. I've always been a fan of Jessica's storytelling, and while Clear is very different from her other work, the flow is perfect and her characters are interesting and engaging.This story won't work for some, but I was completely captivated. A fresh idea in a genre overrun with vampires and werewolves. On a terrible day, Stella meets Sam, and he offers her comfort in her time of need.
"Everything will be okay. Good things l ...more
It's like I walked into a restaurant and ordered a pizza...and the waiter gave me a live crocodile.
This book started at Point A.
Point A was simple. Point A was normal. It seemed like this book was a story about a girl whose mother abused her verbally and emotionally. However, the girl goes on to find hope in her new-found relationship with a relatively hot and quirky guy. Both of them have dark pasts and are trying to work towards a better future...together.
And then we arrived at Point ...more
WOW! This is by far the best PNR I've read so far. Since this was my first read by this author I didn’t know what to expect, especially since I knew it will be a PNR. My advice is to give this one a try even if paranormal romance is not your genre of choice. This was definitely more than a PNR. It was a NA/PNR yes, but it has thriller elements and dark elements/themes as well (death and suicide). “Clear” was a very unique, intriguing and intense read. I was engrossed in the story from t ...more
I like paranormal. I like the "other wordly." I like a good suspense. I really like the unique. All the those are present. I just didn't quite "get it" quick enough. I was pretty confused initially. I read of a girl who had really crap parents, the relationship was just off the charts weird. Then said girl meets a boy and instant connection developed...then h ...more
From the moment I saw the blurb for this book, I was intrigued. I love Jessica Park’s writing, she writes wonderful romance and when I learned that this one had a paranormal twist, I was a goner. The story is completely unexpected so don’t go into with any pre-conceived ideas. This book is original, imaginative, and quite dark, and it completely sucked me in. I devoured it in one sitting, and it left me reeling.
But I must warn that some of the subject matter coul ...more
”It feels good to die, doesn't it?”
Genre: Paranormal New Adult Romance - Angst
Extra book Details: Heroine POV; 1st person. Stand alone. Approx 260 kindle pages.
After a chance encounter with the amazing Sam Bishop, Stella Ford's life becomes a confused mess of chaos and order, reality and make believe. After years of dealing with an abusive mother, things finally break when her obnoxious druggie sist ...more
I feel like I just went twelve rounds…with a book, and I lost.
What. Did. I. Just. Read!?
First we start here. Then we’re there. Then we’re….
Where are we?
I felt like I was tripping.
So thanks Jessica Park for writing a book that I have absolutely no idea what to do with.
The great thing about paranormal is that you get to make your own rules because…there are no rules. However, sometimes I felt like this book took its limits too far. Towards the end, ...more
This book started interesting enough with a young Stella Ford in the hospital after her father and sister got into a car accident while out buying her a birthday present. Apparently, there was a fatality and Stella's mother blamed Stella for the reason her husband and daughter are embroiled in this tragedy. Stella's mother begins her reign of terror against Stella.
After years of intense of verbal abuse, Stella runs away from her Chicago home to find Sam Bishop, a stranger who once showed her ...more
I hate reading books like this. It actually makes me angry. Why? Because this book is so mind blowing, so fucking unbelievably fantastic but just because it’s a “romance” a lot of people won’t read it. I loved this book. I even hate saying I loved this book because we’ve become immune to people saying they “love” something. How do I explain how original and crazy this book is, how can I make you understand how much it moved me? Because this this wasn’t one of the best science fictions books I’ve...more
“I love you so mush.”
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Jessica Park, she is insanely talented and I love her writing style. But what Jessica has given us in the past is humour and contemporary always with that underlying romance. Clear is way out of her normal, so I was apprehensive yet excited because deep down I knew that no matter what Jessica wrote, it would be fantastic and I was not wrong.
This is one of those WTF hav ...more
I wanted to love this, I truly did. The writing is spectacular and has a decent plot. However, I'm not fan of reading sex scenes with other people. Whether it's the hero or the heroine. I'm just not built that way. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, it's just not for me.
As a result, I won't be rating this. It just doesn't seem fair t ...more
Such a great start and I LOVED the unique storyline. The writing was excellent, but the subject matter killed it for me (excuse the pun).
EDITED to add, I loved the death-tri ...more
There are moments that are good, but the pacing and plotting aren't executed well. The exposition wasn't developed well from the start. I did have the feeling that the writer was going for a sort of unreliable narrator and that this is supposed to put us on the edge of our seats as we try to figure things out. I get what she was attempting to do, but it just did not work ...more
Stella Ford rushes with her mother to the hospital where her Father and Sister have been taken. There has been an accident and Stella overhears a strange conversation between her father and sister Amy.
She finds herself on a stairwell where she meets Sam Bishop who is very kind to Stella and tells her to go find her happiness. He ...more
Clear is definitely a departure from Jessica Park's other contemporary romances. This paranormal romance is unique and fast-paced, but it didn't hook me like I'd hoped.
After a car accident involving her father and sister, Stella Ford's life takes a turn for the worse. Her father and sister should have been seriously injured but mysteriously they were barely harmed. That night, Stella has a brief encounter with a boy her age who showed her an ounce of compassion. Following the accident, her ...more
So the first 40% of the book was solidly based in reality. Stella's family hated her. Her mother was a psychotic bitch who verbally abused and manipulated Stella often enough that she thought she was going crazy. Things got ...more
I love being surprised by a book. I ususally don't even read the blurb if it is an author I trust to be amazing. When this one was recommended to me, I jumped because I trust the recommender. I had no idea what it was about. I'm not sure I know what is about now that I have finished it. What do know is that it is FANTASTIC.
Stella has a crazy ass mother. As in Crazy Ass. When her dad and sister are in an accident, Stella meets Sam in the hospital stairs. While it is just a fleetin ...more
I am never disappointed with anything Jessica Park produces. I definitely have to start by saying this book is a total mindfuck. I felt like I was tripping at times. It is bold and unlike anything I've ever read before. The storyline is original and the characters are unique. Prepare yourself to be impressed by a new side of Jessica Park. There is an element of darkness yet someth ...more
It started off as a sad commentary about Stella, a young ...more
CLEAR will give readers a rush of adrenaline. It's so sensual and erotic, and not just because of the sexytimes (which are awesome!). Park digs deep and delivers an emotionally complicated story. There are mom ...more
First 40% of this book I'd give 4 stars, then it took a serious left turn, but OK I can deal. I kept reading thinking the story line would improve. I gave up at 70% You could read a page, skip the next five pages, start reading and it seemed liked nothing new. Skip a few more pages, again, nothing new. You shouldn't be able to do that!
I gave two stars because the beginning was good; I couldn't say the WHOLE book was 1 awful star.