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Neve Knightly lives in an ordinary world. Where déjà vu is nothing more than a mind-trick. Where premonitions are dismissed as mere coincidence. Where no one thinks twice about the glitches in their reality.

Neve Knightly is living a lie.

But when her nightmare of a tragedy comes true the very next day, she can no longer seek solace in self-deception. The glossy enamel has b
Paperback, 350 pages
Published August 31st 2016 by Finch Hill Publishing Inc.
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Alias Targaryen
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This lot has instantly become my favorite contemporary crew:

Neve Knightly - "With the thought of Neve, his place is set ablaze with vivid color. And then she is everywhere, like a tuxedo kitten curled up in every corner of his heart."

Dylan Sterling - "He steps into her memory of his face as though walking into a mask, his blood-red locks set ablaze by the sun’s gleam."

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Romer Anthony - "And the moment their eyes meet, she’s thirteen again. His eyes are like the clear blues of the Maldives, and de
A. A.
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I haven't felt this way about a story since The Matrix, and that's saying something! This book is nothing shy of brilliant. But what's really amazed me is that the characters are even more fleshed out than the mind-bending premise!
Meet Neve Knightly:
She is beautiful, sweet, smart, and funny. She is studying neuroscience in school, but her heart is not in it. She wants to be an artist (or so she thinks).
Then we have the glue that binds all the pieces of the puzzle together, Dylan:
He was (is?) the
Chesca (thecrownedpages)
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars
An ARC was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Thanks to Carmen-Shea Hepburn for the recommendation.

Nelou Keramati’s The Fray Theory: Resonance is a mind-blowing tale on surpassing the walls built around us by scientific facts.

Neve Knightly’s boyfriend, Dylan, disappeared three years ago together with his best friend Romer. He didn’t say goodbye to her thus breaking her heart. She eventually found out that Dylan was at a military school in N
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The author provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

“Dreams are devoid of logic. They neither begin, nor end. In dreams we do not question reality. We bend the laws of physics, and defy gravity. And I know it is hard to believe… but you are not dreaming.”

I sure felt like I was dreaming while reading this book though! It was amazing! It was extremely fast-paced and unlike anything I had ever read before. There are no clichés. There isn’t insta-love. The main character isn’t a
Anna Takahashi
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My heart's still pounding! This book surprised me in EVERY WAY IMAGINABLE! Meet Neve:
Most of the story is told from her eyes, but there are two other characters, Dylan and Romer, and we get to see things from their perspective too. And no, they are not just there to be her love interests! Each of their stories is so unique and deeply involved with the main story!

This is how I picture Dylan (but with red hair ^_^):
He is dark and wealthy, but not at all spoiled or a cliche a-hole. He is mysterious
Ladan K
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am floored. FLOORED!!! I honestly don’t know where to begin! This is one of the most compelling stories I have ever read! I can’t even decide what gripped me more, the plot, the theories, or the characters! I’ll try to separate my review into three sections:

The Characters:
Neve Knightly (1st protagonist): She is studying neuroscience, but hates it (and her professor hates her, which is hilarious!), but she is pushing through because she doesn’t really know what she wants out of life (she kind o
Sushi ♥
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

(I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my own, honest review)

WOW! This book was amazing and completely exceeded all expectations I had for it!

I'm going to start off by saying, you've probably never read anything like this. A lot of times when I read books I feel jaded. Same plots make for boring stories. But this plot line wasn't similar to anything I've read before and definitely NOT boring. I'm also a huge sucker for change in view points, which th
Sina J
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sina-s-favorites
Awesome book. 5/5.

So I pretty much read this book in a day (even though I wasn’t planning to!)
The author sent me a copy of her novel in exchange for an honest review. I’d just started reading City of Bones, so I figured I’d read both at the same time, but before I knew it I was finished The Fray Theory! It just kept on surprising me… I expected a lot of cliches, but honestly, couldn’t find a single one. I was really surprised at the romance. It wasn’t cheesy, and it wasn’t the *my whole world r
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

Okay... first of all, I wanna thank Nelou Keramati for the ARC of this book. Your generosity reflected on your book. I'm talking about generous amount of mystery, love, thrill and uniqueness.

Keramati's writing is deep but not too deep for someone not to understand and I like it. Yes, the book is fast paced and I think that's good because it's building a baseline of the story and makes the reader crave for more in the next book. I wanna rate this 5/5 but I kinda think that the 2nd book will
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review
4.5 Stars!
Went into this book not knowing much but was pleasantly surprised with an amazing read! And need I mention the gorgeous cover? Plus a certain Romer might just have captured my heart<3 Definitely will be continuing with this series!
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I received a copy of the ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I started reading it, but I have to say that the story has gripped me from the first pages.
I will not spend much time on the plot, I prefer to focus on the impressions I had reading the book, as long as they are still fresh. The main character of this story, Neve, is a normal girl, graduating in "neuroscience ", a life between study and art, a world that responds to specific ru
Penelope Parker
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I don't know what more to say. FINALLY a book with substance.
It's hard to find a book that grabs you these days... And even if it does, the lead character is annoying and the love interest is someone oblivious to any character flaws of the lead and is just mindlessly devoted to her simply because the story calls for it. Nelou Keramati is impeccably good at what she does. So much so that I believed in every one of the characters she introduced in the book. I felt for them, I fought for t
O.M. Wills
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yes! Yes! YES! So on my progress I thought I wrote the review...

So I'll say this again! This was the perfect escape for me!

Nelou Keramati sweeps you into her realm and what a realm it is! I needed this read. I needed to escape in a realm of the total unknown and I loved the build up! YES!

And no spoilers! Grab your own copy!!!

Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
First of all, I'd like to thank Nelou for providing me with an eARC version of The Fray Theory in exchange of an honest review.

As lost as I felt starting this book, but boy if I weren't totally AMAZED right now!
I still have the screen frozen on the last page and I just CANT!

Let me just get started and say that Neve is one of the best female protagonist I've ever read about, I usually always hate the female protagonist for many reasons; reckless decisions, stupid reactions, shallow thinking and w
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am in love with this book.
This was probably one of the best Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy novels I have ever read.
There was romance, suspension, mystery, thrills, pretty much every thing that builds a good book.
The character development was beautifully written and well thought out.
Every character had his or her own uniqueness that made the story even more amazing!
I enjoyed every second of this book, and cannot wait to see how the series plays out.
I have to go decide if I am Team Romer or Te
Alec Morgana
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book really blew my mind. I can't even begin to describe how awesome it is. I didn't even feel like I was reading a book. It was so fast paced and smart. And I have to emphasize smart, because there are so many books out there that try to be, but you finish reading them, and it's really nothing new. The concepts in this book are a blend of science and philosophy. They're simple to understand, but so original and clever than you keep wondering how the author came up with them!
I can honestly
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book by the author Nelou Keramati in exchange for an honest review.

This was a captivating book right from page 1! I felt like the feelings the characters were having felt real, and they were really easy to relate to! And that is huge for me because if I don't relate to a character, I can't really care about what happens in a story. And I thought the actual story was really interesting and different. It wasn't like anything I've ever read before! It was almost like read
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Okay for starters this was a review copy kindly given to my by the author - so here is a fair and honest opinion of the book. But I do have to recognise that here is something I think many of us aspire to do - write a book - but never do so fill respect and kudos for that.

Okay well those who have followed my comments before know that I do not really give away the storyline - there will no doubt be many more reviews to follow (since I feel the author has great potential and a very interesting ta
Carmen-Shea Hepburn
It's rare that a novel hooks me from the get-go and draws me in as completely and unapologetically as The Fray Theory: Resonance did! I started reading it with a few pre-conceived notions as to what this novel was going to entail and was completely blown away by just how much more there was to it than I'd first assumed. And once I'd started, I found it very hard to put down! Which is such a great feeling, I love when a book consumes me so utterly that it becomes my whole world just as much as it ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc-s
What a smart, addicting, and well written debut! The premise of the book is fascinating but I am not going to go into details because I wouldn't want to spoil it. I was immediately drawn into the story and liked the main character Neve instantly. It is nice to read a female character that feels real who is able to be both smart and attractive but also funny and a little flawed. The plot is intricate and I would have read this in a day if I would have been able to as each chapter ending had my cl ...more
Lauren Aquino
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
This book utterly fascinated me. There’s quite a bit I want to discuss, so I will write a genereal, non-spoilery overview first. Following this will be a nonsensical rant containing my thoughts and questions (so basically, the good stuff ;)).

Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Alright, so if you watch Dan Howell on Youtube, you are probably familiar with the term “existential crisis”. For those of you who don’t
Atul Dubey
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The writer succeeds at mastering a suspenseful story into a truly superb book. This book creates a complex and carefully construed tale that has plenty of intentional misdirection that is quite convincing.

Dylan's secret and the protagonist's perception of what may have happened the past is intriguing. It seems for a second that the writer wants to reveal the secret behind his disappearance but draws the curtain at the right moment forcing one to desperately look for answers. Neve's character is
Salma Kashani
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING. Seriously amazing. I can honestly say I have never read a story that even came close to this one. The idea in the book is so unique and original, I don't think it's ever been done before! The entire thing just flowed really smoothly. I was never bored. I liked every character (some more than other), but I can truly say there wasn't even one time that I felt like skipping a section. I didn't want the story to end. I thought I could guess what's happening, but I was surprise ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
MY VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-3NN...
NOTE: I contacted the author for a digital arc of this book and was given in exchanged for an honest review :)
This review will have NO spoilers.

To start off, I honestly didn't know what this novel was about! The synopsis didn't give too much away besides it being a YA book. The beginning HOOKED me. It was such a great start because I just questioned all the possibilities of why this certain event was happening. So it was a great start and
Tèo Sip
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-in-a-good-way
This book is so SO good!!! It almost has it all!!
An interesting theory
Every possibility in our dimension, is reality in an alternate one. And vice versa.

“I was hoping to discuss my grade on last week’s assignment.”
“Which was?”
The cup size I wish I had… “D.”

With the thought of Neve, his place is set ablaze with vivid color. And then she is everywhere, like a tuxedo kitten curled up in every corner of his heart.

Non-stop action
Dylan stares helplessly as the red threshold swallows his
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating 4.5. I thought this was a really great novel, especially for a first-time author. I think I would have given it 5 stars if I didn't already know about the major twist. I discussed the novel a bit with the author before I agreed to read it, and I guess because of that I sort of started with a built-in spoiler?? And we all know if a book has mystery, a spoiler can ruin everything! This wasn't a huge spoiler and didn't help me guess what happens (the twists are AWESOME by the way), bu ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One word that can describe it perfectly: ADDICTIVE!!!
How you would feel if you realize everything you see in your dreams comes true? That you think it is a dream but you're not dreaming? Sounds bewildering right?
Neve always wondered why whatever she dreamt of seemed to happen in real life. She felt afraid.
After 3 years, 3 long years since the undefined disappearance of Dylan, the love of her life, she meets him in the same place where they used to meet. That's where the story begins. She meets
Natali Grayling
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It takes a lot for a book to spin me out of my reality but The Fray Theory managed. As a writer I can rarely disassociate from analyzing and dissecting characters, plot lines, and writing style. I know I've found a gem when I catch myself in a state of delusion that's not even remotely a world familiar from my own musings- and boy, that's not easy. My mind has wandered in some unimaginable places but none like this dimension.
Multiverse: yes, please, and thank you! Where thoughts have solid power
Sandi (theferventreader)
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

She shuts her eyes as the promise of eternal peace seduces her resolve. It’s so tempting to surrender. To just let go and sink into the depths of darkness.
“I know it is hard to believe, but you are not dreaming.”

This is a fantastic debut novel with an intriguing and other worldly premise. It follows Neve, our lead protagonist, her boyfriend Dylan who disappeared three years ago without a trace, and his estranged best friend, Rome
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Nelou Keramati is a Canadian Author, Architect, Artist, and Actress. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (B.A. Psych) and a Masters in Architecture (M.Arch) from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

In 2014, her acting pursuits combined with her cognitive-behavioural background sparked an idea which she developed into a mind-bending take on Existentialism. In 2016, she debuted her theor

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“I was hoping to discuss my grade on last week’s assignment.”
“Which was?”
The cup size I wish I had… “D.”
“Elli-" Neve lies down next to him. "It is not easy being friend with someone who has depression. Not because it's a burden, but because you love them. So their pain becomes your own." She rests her hand on his chest. "You really expect me to just sit by and do nothing ?” 7 likes
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