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The Delphi Effect

(The Delphi Trilogy #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,072 ratings  ·  376 reviews

It’s never wise to talk to strangers…and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the nex

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Published October 11th 2016 by Skyscape
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Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Anna Morgan has spent her life bouncing from home to home with some time out on the streets in between ever since she was abandoned as a toddler with a note claiming she was possessed. As Anna got older she has since learned she has an unusual ability to pick up ghostly hitchhikers. If she comes across a restless spirit and touches whatever object they are hanging onto she ends up with them inhabiting her body which can sometimes become a struggle for her to keep control herself.

When Anna picks
Montzalee Wittmann
The Delphi Effect
The Delphi Trilogy, Book 1
By: Rysa Walker
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
This was such an awesome book. A girl can see and talk with ghosts which has caused problems all her life. Sounds like a normal story but it is not. This is a fresh take on the theme. She tries to help this very insistent ghost. From this, it leads to almost getting killed herself. Then getting kidnapped. It is a fast and furious story with lots of things going on at one time. A wonderful cast of characters and a twi
I'm not going to rate this because I only made it about halfway through. It's not the book's fault, on the contrary, this seems like a good YA book about a girl who picks up ghost hitchhikers. The problem is the timing for me. I'm leaving on a week long cruise tomorrow morning and I've been too busy and distracted to really give this book a chance. Maybe I'll get back to it someday.

Don't let the cover of this book throw you off. It is not sci-fi but paranormal. Think "teens with powers" like X-M
Bethan Watson
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**Best young adult novel of 2016 so far**

Rysa Walker is a new author for me, as I’ve never read any of the Chronos Files, even though I’ve heard good things. This book definitely makes me want to go and read those books, immediately.

Seventeen-year-old Anna has a special gift; she can talk to the dead. At the age of three, she was left in a food court with a note taped to her, that simply read her name, date of birth and ‘this child is possessed’. Since then, she has grown up in various foste
donna backshall
Nope. This one wasn't for me.

It was promoted as YA scifi but there was nothing resembling science in there. This is a pet peeve of mine -- don't call it SCIENCE fiction if it's FANTASY fiction. Give me some experimental science gone wrong or something to ground this, please!

And give me at least one intelligent or street savvy character to latch onto. Anna, our narrator, is kind of an idiot for someone who's supposed to have survived so much tragedy and animosity at a young age because of her s
Sherwood Smith
Jul 24, 2016 added it
Shelves: fantasy

Anna is seventeen, veteran of many foster home situations (some bad, some okay, most indifferent) along with her younger adoptive brother Deo—the two having adopted each other, as they have little else to count on in their lives. Except for Dr. Kelsey, a therapist who not only listens, but believes what Anna tells her, and goes the extra mile to see to her safety, as well as Deo’s.

Oh, and Anna gets “hitched” by ghosts.

The latest ghost, a murdered girl named Molly, is frantic for Anna to get a me
Wendy F
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I don’t even remember requesting this book. I certainly didn’t remember what it was about. I knew it was Sci-Fi, mostly because it looks like it’s Sci-Fi, but for some reason that synopsis wouldn’t stay in my head. I would forget the premise moments after reading the blurb! I actually feel bad about it. What’s funny is that I’m pretty sure I requested this book because I thought the synopsis didn’t fit the cover. There’s nothing on the cover that says ‘this book is about a girl that can host spi ...more
*** 1/6/18 Kindle Daily Deal $1.99 ***

I'll admit I snagged this one mostly on the strength of the author's name.  I've already read previous books by Rysa Walker, and very much enjoyed them.  From the blurb it sounds potentially interesting, but not particularly original.  But I trusted the author, and I'm glad I did.
Anna Morgan is a seventeen year old who is jaded by the foster care system.  She also has the ability to communicate with the dead.  However in this story her communication is faci
David Estes
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rysa Walker has done it again! The CHRONOS Files was an awesome time travel series, but she's managed to follow it up with the first book in a new series that promises to be even better. The Delphi Effect is so incredibly creative that I couldn't put it down. This is not your average book about people with "abilities." Mostly because the main character's ability is that ghost co-inhabit her body and talk to her. But trust me, it gets WAY cooler, I just don't want to spoil anything for you. You'l ...more
4 Stars!!

Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. She doesn't have a choice. The ghosts are the reason that Anna is thrown from one foster home to the next and in and out of psych wards.

When a touch of the hand leads her to pick up the ghost of a girl who was murdered- things start to get real serious for Anna. Shes thrown into a government conspiracy, which causes Anna to throw up every
Karen’s Library
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I beta read this book a few months ago. Really great premise! Full review to come after I read the final copy.

9/28/16 Update: I finished the ARC tonight so my review is below.

I am a huge Rysa Walker fan and I was extremely excited when I learned she was working on a brand new sci-fi paranormal series. I loved her Chronos Files books, novellas, and short stories and have read them all at least twice!

So when I picked up The Delphi Effect, for me, the bar was set pretty high because of Timebound
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what this book was about when I started reading it, but I loved Rysa Walker's Chronos Files, so I was pretty sure I would like this one also.

I was totally wrong -- I didn't like this story, I LOVED it.

And I kind of don't want to give you a synopsis of the story either, so that you can grab it and be surprised the way I was.

All I can say is that this book was so, so, so, so good.
It was exciting, creative, mysterious, adventurous, & thrilling.
Do I have your attention?

I will tell you
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2016
I absolutely loved this book! Anna Morgan is a great character, and her ability is pretty unique and interesting. Not so much in that she can talk to ghosts, but the specifics of her ability is something I hadn't heard of before. This book also has plenty of suspense and mystery, something I always love in my reads! Not to mention government conspiracies, secret agencies, paranormal activity, twists and turns, and a little romance sprinkled in. Can't wait for the next in the series! ...more
Jacob Proffitt
I'm not going to rate this because I tripped up over a personal preference. The first 60% was outstanding and I enjoyed it greatly. The characters, the plot, the interpersonal dynamics were all right up my alley. I particularly liked Anna and her struggle to deal with her ghost hitchhikers. This felt so well-fleshed-out that I engaged almost immediately and couldn't wait to learn more. And her friendship with Deo was outstanding with lots of juicy layers to explore. I particularly liked that Ann ...more
Anastasia シ
Full Review on my blog!

A lot better than I expected. It kinda reminded me of The Host by Stephanie Meyer, but 100 times better, with way more detail and uniqueness. I absolutely loved this book and thought it was great. The idea of having people in your head makes for an interesting story and I loved the way the author presented in the book.

The Delphi Effect is an extremely action packed adventure from start to finish with many paranormal elements along with some science fiction mixed into an in

Jeff Wheeler
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given a preview copy of this book because I'm a friend of the author as well as a big fan of her work. I applaud her venturing outside her comfort zone since the Chronos Files and believe me, you don't need to fear making the journey with her. Rysa is an accomplished author and this is why. Tension. She really knows how to grip you with characters and situations that not only grab you but pull you along for the ride. Enjoy the brief moments of rest that the characters get because that's al ...more
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read and loved the Chronos Files by Rysa Walker and so I was so excited to get a chance to read and review the beginning of her next trilogy. While this trilogy is not about time travel (darn!), it is about another subject that I love, paranormal gifts. I call them gifts because I would not mind having them. However, I guess it depends on the gift...

This trilogy starts out just as good as Walker's other one. One, she is able to make such loveable main characters. 17-year old Anna was left in a
**An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

3.5 stars.

This book definitely did a lot of things right. I liked all the interpersonal relationships, friendships, sibling-like bonds, and the light romance. And honestly, why this book worked was because the romance was there but it was kept to a blessed and much needed minimum. The driving force behind so many of Anna's actions are her foster brother. And we had a lot going on: taking down a ra
Karen’s Library
I am a huge Rysa Walker fan and I was extremely excited when I learned she was working on a brand new sci-fi paranormal series. I loved her Chronos Files books, novellas, and short stories and have read them all at least twice!

So when I picked up The Delphi Effect, for me, the bar was set pretty high because of Timebound and I wasn't sure how Rysa would meet my expectations. Well, Rysa exceeded those for sure! When I met Anna, a 17 year old teenager who's had a rough life having grown up in the

The Delphi Effect was so freaking good and intense! I feel like my mind was all over the place trying to keep track of everything happening. I will forever ship Anna and Aaron together. Once they become a couple I'm going to call them my A team. The ending kind of broke me and I think Daniel deserved way better than that.

This book just hits you with the pow pow all throughout the book. There's some psychic stuff going on which leads to Anna getting in a shit ton of trouble. Even though I do
I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the publisher via NetGalley in the exchange for my honest review. This has not influenced my opinion in any way.

It suffices to say that for a book to still manage to be amazing even with prior high expectations, that book is seriously a great one.

And The Delphi Effect did not disappoint.

Alright, so. For those skeptical readers thinking that the synopsis sounds awfully familiar, let me just nip this in the bud: it is familiar. No lie. But Rysa Walker's
Amesily Chen
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars for The Delphi Effect!!!

I must have to say, this story is MUCH BETTER than I thought at first.

It's filled with the elements of si-fi, mystery, a little bit action, also having some paranormal power. I really enjoy with this book. Not only it has some brand new idea about paranormal story, but also brings me lots of excitement and fun.

Anna Morgan is a teenage girl who has paranormal power of hearing some dead people whispering in her head. Sometimes there will some spirits stuck in her
Marshall Clowers
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know that stories where a person gets inhabited by a spirit so that said spirit can do that one last important task? This starts off like that. Then it gets weird. Like X-Files conspiracy theory/government cover up weird. It's a good thing.

Anna has the ability to communicate with the dead. And for her whole life she hasn't had much choice in the matter. Her most recent hitcher died badly; and in an attempt to say goodbye Anna upsets some people with some very unique abilities.

For myself, I
A Book Shrew
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hall-of-fame
Hot damn was this ever good! It was nothing what I expected and yet somehow everything I wanted to read in a book.

The concept, while revolving around gifted kids and the government suppressing/trying to control them, felt fresh and fun. The psychic, mental abilities highlighted here are, likewise, fresh and fun. Particularly Anna's. Lost souls hitch a ride in her head, asking that she help them do that one thing that is preventing them from leaving. And when they do, she retains their memories
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The Delphi Effect" is a well-written sci-fi, paranormal mystery. Anna is a 17-year-old with the unusual skill of picking up the souls of the deceased. They share her brain in a way and can take control of her body, so she builds mental walls in her brain to keep them from taking over and to prevent losing her sanity. Once they move on/leave, she is left with all of their memories, including of life occurrences, of facts and of physical skills (e.g. driving, riding a bike, ice skating). She has ...more
Sarah Monsma
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Anna Morgan's got voices in her head, but they're not a sign of mental illness, they're ghosts who take up residence. Anna doesn't seem to have a choice about picking up these hitchhikers, and they're darned persistent, expecting her to give last messages to their loved ones or finish business they didn't complete.

Anna doesn't love her special skill, but she's used to it, and she's learned how to achieve what she needs to to help her hitchhikers pass on. She thought she had, anyway, until a hit
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted an ebook via Netgalley.
I read part of this and listened to part of it on audiobook. From the switch from my old Kindle to the new one, this Netgalley book got lost in the mix, so I borrowed via Kindle Unlimited. The audio narrator was wonderful and I just got so sucked into this book that I couldn't read/listen fast enough.

The Delphi Effect follows an orphan named Anna who has the ability to pick up spirits with unfinished business. Her newest spirit is Molly, who wants to help her
Pam (YA Escape)
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
*ARC received from publisher via NetGalley

Reread August 12, 2018. So much fun to binge read the entire series!

Original review: 4-4.5 stars. I loved The Chronos Files series so I was so excited to read The Delphi Effect and it was AMAZING. Teenager with powers, covert organization, a dash of romance, and fantastic secondary characters, the book was non-stop action. I mean, seriously, I could not put it down. It was two in the morning and I needed to go to sleep but I just had to keep reading. Rys
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Anna Morgan is seventeen and can talk to the dead. They come to her at odd times when she touches something they once touched. They stick with her until they've satisfied some unanswered need from their time in life and when that is accomplished they leave. After they leave she retains their memories. Sometimes that's a good thing. In one case, that of a killer, she's had to wall those memories off so that they can't run free in her mind.

Now she's getting messages from the dead granddaughter of
Jess the Audiobookworm
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.75★ Audiobook⎮ One can never go wrong with the duo of Rysa Walker and Kate Rudd. I learned that listening lesson last year when hearing The Chronos Files and it still holds true for The Delphi Effect.

I’d had my eye on this particular title before it was even released simply because of Walker and Rudd. The synopsis further convinced me that The Delphi Effect was something I had to hear. It’s a rare audiobook that’s able to stand up to my personal expectations, but this one definitely did.

The De
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RYSA WALKER is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. The CHRONOS Files has sold nearly half a million copies since 2013 and has been translated into fourteen languages.

In addition to speculative fiction, she occasionally writes mysteries as C. Rysa Walker.

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