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I should have died when I was shot at the Halloween dance.

Instead I woke up—one week earlier, in a parallel universe where my mom's fatal car accident six months ago never happened.

A world with my mom still in it was all I ever wanted. But in this timeline, everything is different—my grades, my friends, and even my boyfriend. I'm a stranger in my own body, and I don’t like who I’ve become.

But one thing is the same—that shooting will still happen at the end of the week.

I'm the only one who knows. Which means I'm the only one who can stop it.

But first I need to convince someone—anyone—that I’m telling the truth... and then get them to help me.

318 pages, Kindle Edition

Published February 9, 2017

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Michelle Madow

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Michelle Madow is a USA Today bestselling author of fast-paced, young adult fantasy novels that will leave you turning the pages wanting more! Her books are full of magic, adventure, romance, and twists you'll never see coming.

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Profile Image for Carrie.
3,153 reviews1,513 followers
February 10, 2017
Collide introduces us to Anna who has lost her mother recently and gone through a rough time recovering from the loss. Now she is focused on school and has her boyfriend Jake that she's really close with and the promise of the upcoming Halloween dance. We follow Anna through the week leading up to the dance but during the actual event things go horribly wrong when a shooter appears and Anna is the target.

Rewind a week and Anna awakens in what seems to be a parallel universe after her horrid night. In this world though Anna finds that her mother is still alive and the friends she had abandoned in the world she knew are still close to her but her boyfriend Jake is now with someone else. Unfortunately for Anna it seems as events begin to play out in this world the timeline is still leading to the dance and that horrific night so will she be able to stop it this time?

As usual with a Michelle Madow book Collide immediately grabbed my attention right from the start with it's fast paced action and a unique story line mixing time travel and parallel universes along with a young adult romance filled with plenty of action. There is a bit of a love triangle involved in the story while switching universes for those that don't enjoy those but for me this was one that was easily understandable and not a distraction from the overall story.

Now, for the couple of things I didn't quite like with this one bringing my rating down a tad bit. First, as much as I enjoyed the fast pace and plot in here there are a few questions left at the end that I would love to see continued. Originally this was meant as a standalone but Michelle has expressed a possibility for a sequel so maybe those will be answered. Also, I would have liked the chapters to be better sorted... they were titled by the date and that would sometimes mean several in a row with the same title which could be a tad confusing.

Overall, Even with a couple of complaints this was still another great read from Michelle Madow, fast paced and action packed.

I received an advance copy from the author.

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4,489 reviews468 followers
January 7, 2017
Collide is a wonderfully addictive read, one I found impossible to put down. Honestly, it was so much more than I’d expected it to be, leaving me fearful I will be unable to do it any real justice in my review.
Collide takes a very interesting topic and creates an intricate story that will pull you in from start to end. For those who know of it, the book takes the topic of the multiverse and gives us a parallel universe story mixed with a time travelling story. It had the potential to become convoluted, yet it didn’t. There was enough in there to allow us to understand what was happening without making it inaccessible to the everyday reader. In short, it addresses it in the way any young adult novel should – it ensures the reader has fun without bogging them down with unnecessary excess information.
Our story stars in what I will refer to as universe one. We’re introduced to our main character, getting a glimpse into her world. Before we’re pulled in too deep, the action kicks in and events play out. At the Halloween dance a shooting occurs, leading us to believe our main character is dead. The story then shifts, moving us to the start of the week. Enter universe two, where there are a number of changes. Things we came to understand at the start of the book are different, people and events have changed – and it is very clear that our character is no longer in the world she knew. Is it a dream? Is she in a coma? You’re left with many questions, and slowly our characters work to solve the mystery. Whilst we’re never quite given answers, meaning we still have some questions as to what the truth of the matter is, our characters do enough research into the topic to leave us believing it is linked back to the multiverse theory.
As the characters work to solve out what has happened, they also work to stop the events that occurred in universe one. This leads to a number of entertaining scenes as our main character tries to convince people of what she knows, as the characters work together to decide what is the best course of action. Whilst their choice may not be the most sensible, it does work to make a very interesting story. Throughout we’re never completely sure of what the plan is, although we are given enough indications to have a pretty solid idea in our mind.
I will say, however, that I knew who the ‘bad guy’ was from the very start. Even before the change of universe occurred, I’d worked it out. The story does play out in such a way that we’re made to believe that a number of people could have been to blame for the event, yet it was a little too obvious who the real culprit was. I’d been expecting more of a twist when the answer came about – even though I was right about who it was, I had wanted the reasoning to be something bigger than I’d imagined it to be – alas such was not to be. It didn’t ruin the story, not at all, but it did leave me rather disappointed that there wasn’t some big twist at the end to shock me.
I will say that the read will not be for everyone, though. School shootings are a very scary reality, and I’m always tentative when such topics are touched in fiction novels. Truthfully, I was surprised by the care that was taken in this story. It was linked in with the multiverse aspect of the story with great care, although such a thing did lessen the shock factor to some degree. I would say this one is aimed more for the upper end of the young adult genre, if only because of the topic involved. My only real complaint in relation to using the shooting as the focal point of the story is that I’d expected more in terms of emotional responses from the main character. I feel as though her reaction was rather tame considering all that had happened, as I’d expected something a bit more extreme.
I think, in part, this links in with the romantic element of the story. In my opinion, the romance was given a bit too much attention. It overshadowed other elements, with our main character being obsessed with sorting out her love life alongside trying to stop a horrific event. Whilst it was great to watch the differences in the worlds slowly emerge, I stopped caring at some points as more and more romantic changes were brought into play. I think I would have enjoyed the romantic aspect of the story had it been a bit more subtle, if it hadn’t been quite so in your face with all the drama.
Nevertheless, it was a great read. I especially enjoyed how the ending left us with so many questions. There was one big intentional loose end, and I loved that. However, in regards to the other characters, I feel as though some things were tied together better than others. I’m not going to say any more about this rather vague statement, though, as it would lead to far too many spoilers – and nobody wants that.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Once I started reading it I found it was impossible to put down, the story pulling me in from the very start.
As a final note, I would like to thank the author for allowing me to advance read this in exchange for a review.
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3,352 reviews103 followers
February 11, 2017
Michelle Madow has done it again - written a very different, highly individual story. In this case a teenager attends the school Halloween dance, where she is shot. Instead of dying, however, she awakens a week earlier in a parallel universe, one where her Mom wasn’t killed in a car accident six months ago, a universe where her friends, grades and especially her boyfriend are totally different. The story explores, through the parallel universes, how choices can have long lasting impacts.It also explores how it is possible to strive to change what happens if you have prior knowledge of events and consequences.

This is an action packed multi-timeline story, which can be a tad confusing at times, but is definitely worth sticking with. The reader is taken straight into the fast paced, action packed story which includes different friendships, attitudes and beliefs. It explores these and there’s even a love triangle aspect between the parallel universes. It is an intricate exploration of choices, especially as the main character tries to encourage others in the parallel scenarios to try to change what will happen at the dance. Can you imagine trying to convince your friends to do something different because you know otherwise something dreadful will happen - and trying to ensure they still think you’re sane whilst doing so?

This is an emotive subject. I’m always somewhat wary of stories involving school shootings but the multi universe aspects of the story do help with this and it is interesting how the main character, Anna, strives to prevent it having the same devastating impact in the parallel worlds. It leaves some threads unresolved - maybe sequels are in the pipeline?

Many thanks to the author for gifting me a copy of this novel with no obligation. This is my honest review.
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760 reviews226 followers
March 5, 2017
Same Review Also Posted In My Blog:Dreamy Addictions

This book was definitely an engaging read! It was better than expected! I loved the concept of Parallel universe portrayed in it and also the mystery surrounding the gunman’s identity. I liked all the characters and how well they connected with each other. This is my second book from Michelle Madow, though I didn’t loved the Remembrance series, I enjoyed reading this book. I loved the beautiful cover of this book and its intriguing premise is the first thing that grabbed my interest. I was totally hooked from the start and I liked how the story was executed. Apart from the parallel universe aspect, there isn’t any fantasy or sci-fi elements in this book so it mostly feels like a YA contemporary thriller.

The story is about Annabelle, a high school girl who’s still mourning for her mother’s death by a tragic car accident six months ago. She’s a straight A student and also has a amazing boyfriend who loves her very much but on the night of the Halloween dance everything changes when she gets shot by someone leaving her dead. Instead of being dead, she wakes up a week earlier and finds herself in a parallel world where her mom is still alive. She later finds out that the Anna in this world is a different version of her with different grades, boyfriend and friends. Despite being happy with getting her mother back she doesn’t know how to deal with her current boyfriend Zac who she doesn’t know much about and she hates to see the guy she loves with someone else. Though some aspects of her life has changed, some things hasn’t changed and the shooting will happen on the Halloween dance but first, she needs to convince someone for help without making herself look crazy and stop the shooting before it happens. Can Anna catch the gunman before it’s too late?

I loved Anna! She seemed very realistic and I liked how she handled everything despite being feared for her life. Jake is such a sweet guy and he’s great a friend/lover who loves Anna very much. There’s a triangle in this book and it made the story even more exciting to read. Zac is totally a lovable character who never gives up on Anna even though she doesn’t likes him back. Both of the guys are pretty good and it was hard for me to choose which guy should I root for. As for the supporting characters, I liked Claire. She’s Anna’s BFF in the current universe and I enjoyed their friendship. Marisa is a mean bitch character. she used to be best friend of Annabelle in the previous universe but in the current universe she is quite mean and rude towards her because she’s afraid that Anna is going to steal her boyfriend.

Despite the plot being predictable, the story was thrilling to read and I can’t stop turning the pages. It was exciting through out and though I already predicted the identity of the gunman, I wasn’t sure until I came to the end. Most of the story revolved around Anna, Jake, Zac and Claire. The story moved in a fast pace and there isn’t any dull moment in this book. The love triangle is another major aspect of this book and surprisingly I found myself enjoying all the drama. I enjoyed seeing everything through Anna’s POV and I liked the solid writing style of the author.

Overall, it was a great read but I was pretty mad with the ending though. It was kinda cliffhangar-ish and there’s still so many questions left unanswered. I really hope there’s a sequel to it because it really can’t end like that.
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63 reviews25 followers
February 10, 2017
original review @http://www.covertocover.info/

I was so excited that I was chosen to be a part of the ARC team for this book. Thank you so much for the chance.

If you know me then you will know that I’m love anything TIME-TRAVEL. The synopsis of this book caught my attention. We follow our main character, Anna and the incidents leading up to the Halloween Dance where she is shot. She wakes up in a parallel universe to the start of the week before the Halloween dance but everything has changed. Her mom who died in the present life is ALIVE in the parallel universe. Well you can guess the rest, as her mom is alive in this universe, a new set of events has taken place. Anna is confused as to what actually happened and seeing her mom alive was the biggest shocker for her. She decides to take control and prevent the shooting from happening at the Halloween dance in the parallel universe.

Anna does a great job handling things like a PRO in the parallel Universe(PU). She is determined to prevent the shooting and is scared that after she does that, she might be transported back and will lose her mother. Anna has two love interests in this book. Jake in the Present Life(PL) who was her boyfriend but he is not in the PU. She is literally heartbroken when she sees Jake with someone else. For Anna, Jake is the love of her life and she will fight for him.

Zac, a jock who hasn’t spoken to Anna at all in the PL is actually her boyfriend in the PU. Honestly, I loved Zac more than Jake:p He doesn’t give up on Anna and plays a major role in helping Anna at the end.

Claire, Anna’s ex-bestfriend in the PL is Anna’s best friend in the PU. I really loved the friendship that these two shared in this book. Claire is the ultimate best friend.

The minus for me was that there wasn’t a major twist or turn in this book and I was able to guess who the shooter was.

This book is a perfect standalone but it does end on a CLIFFHANGER and I was like- is there another book or is it like a book where they just leave you on a cliffhanger for you to imagine what will happen next. As you can tell, I had to know the answer so I asked Michelle on twitter and she said there is going to be a COMPANION to this book where the cliffhanger will be resolved, so stay tuned!!!
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2,529 reviews60 followers
May 19, 2017
This was going to be four stars, as I loved the idea and our main character. Unfortunately, some elements of the book were just too frustrating to not affect how I felt about it.
There's a really fresh feel at the start. We're introduced to Anna, our main character, and learn all about how she's spent months dealing with her mother's death in a car accident. We get a clear sense of the bond between her and boyfriend Jake, and I was pretty amazed when they go to a Halloween dance and there's a shooting. Jake is killed and Anna is also shot.
Reeling from this (though we're told to expect it it's still a shock) things then got interesting. When Anna wakes up she's in her room. It's very Groundhog Day as she experiences deja vu with a song playing on the radio. When she goes downstairs her mother is alive...
Rather abruptly placed in a parallel universe/other world, we then watch Annabelle as she learns more about how her life is different now. She spends the next week trying to convince friends/people she regarded as friends in her previous life of what has happened to her so they can prevent the shooting.
I read this quickly, and it is entertaining. So, why not four stars? Firstly, the reaction of Anna's friends to this story. There's open-minded and then just odd. I didn't believe that they would be so accepting of what they're told. Secondly, I felt there were too many unnecessary red herrings being dropped on us to try and make us think of another character being responsible. Lastly, the ending. I understand you might want to set things up for another book but to end in the way it did - with no answers as to what happened, how it happened or what came next - just felt like someone had run out of ideas and didn't know where to go.
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1,844 reviews
December 21, 2016
WOW. This was hard to put down and the ending - HEY we need an ending, Michelle!

This felt very Alice in Wonderland-ish as far as Anna's desperation and confusion, and I was impressed with Zac, Claire, and Jake's loyalty to Annabelle, considering that Anna's story was off-the-hook crazy. They believed her and did all the could to help and support her in spite of how impossible her situation seemed. I would LOVE to see what Annabelle was up to this entire time - hoping that a story that tells her experience in Anna's universe is in the works.

Writing, characterization - better than Elementals, so it's safe to say that Madow's writing just improves with time. Looking forward to more of her work.
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1,025 reviews85 followers
January 29, 2018
OMG! tenía un buen rato que no leía un libro juvenil con similitudes a quién mató a alex en cuanto al misterio y la intriga en su trama, y siendo.... tremendamente, bueno! hay autores que todavía escriben muy bien, y realmente este libro lo comprueba; en mi caso, no tiene ni un día de haberlo iniciarlo, para hacer que me desvelara y siguiera leyendo hasta terminarlo. Tan sólo imaginar que pasara algo así, caer en un universo paralelo completamente diferente donde tienes la oportunidad de evitar lo sucedido... está de locura. Sentí que el libro tuvo su buen y justo desarrollo, conforme más leía máss me intrigaba y más quería que llegara esa fecha de 31 de octubre. de no ser porque no tengo uñas diría que me las estaría comiendo del nerviosismo ajaja, pero bastó con que estuviera casi temblando, poniéndome en modo #NoPuedoPararDeLeer. Pero sé que aún continuará, aunque el misterio y el culpable del tiroteo se supieron, quedan cositas. recomendadísimo.
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144 reviews
December 19, 2016
I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Overall it was a pretty decent book. It was a clean easy ready that definetly pulls you in. The story line may have been a bit predictible, and the characters a bit easy to believe what they were told, but I didn't really mind it. For me reading is sometimes just about getting lost in the story for a bit, and this book did that. At the end of the book I found myself what came next for the characters, and to me that is always a good sign.
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1,199 reviews74 followers
August 1, 2017
Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

Collide by Michelle Madow is one of those books that easily sweeps you away from reality. It's Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Romance with some mystery thrown in. The story was very fast paced, and I felt completely invested in the outcomes & lives of these characters. At first, the ending was abrupt. I had more questions than answers, and I was beyond disappointed and frustrated. BUT, there is an epilogue on the author's website! This epilogue is much needed! It answered my questions and tied up lose ends. So, if you've read this book already and your version didn't have the epilogue, go to her site and read it! You'll be so glad you did. If you haven't read the book yet, don't you dare read the epilogue until you read the book! This book was originally supposed to be a stand alone, but I've heard rumor it might become a series. We'll see. If more happen, I'll be anxious to read them as well.

Collide by Michelle Madow was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
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797 reviews200 followers
February 23, 2017
My Thoughts:

I was ecstatic to begin my reading journey with Collide! I was very lucky to read the very beginning of the story as a teaser, and it just made me anticipate Collide even more! After reading Michelle Madow's, Elementals Series, I have come to love her fun, care-free, adventurous, and fast-paced writing style.

Collide is a titillating and enthralling young adult fantasy. Anna is at the end of her junior year of high school when her mother dies in a tragic car accident. The family is devastated, and Anna's life is forever changed. At the beginning of the following school year, Anna attends the halloween dance with her boyfriend Jake. During the dance, a gunman shoots and kills Jake, and then Anna. However, the next morning Anna wakes up in her bed, only to find that she has gone back in time by a week.

Anna's whole life is different. Her mother is still alive, she is best friends with Claire instead of Marisa, and is dating Zac instead of Jake. At first Anna (now called Annabelle,) thinks that she must be dreaming, but then quickly realizes that she is in a parallel universe. She decides to enjoy her time with her mother, and do everything in her power to stop the gunman from killing Jake and anyone else. She enlists the help of trusted friends. Will she be able to stop the gunman? Will Anna eventually wake up in her old reality, or take "Annabelle's" place forever?

I LOVE stories about parallel universes. Collide was such an amazing reading experience. I loved trying to figure out who the gunman was. I guessed fairly quickly, but the author managed to make me start contemplating other possible suspects. I also loved contemplating the theme of the story. It really went in to depth about how each action we take in our lives has a ripple effect, and leads us down a certain path. The idea behind parallel universe's is that there are multiple versions of ourselves that are living out infinite possibilities, when it comes to choices being made and living out different life experiences. This subject matter is extremely intriguing and fascinating to me.

If you are a huge fan of young fantasy, this one is a great page-turner. It has romance, mystery, and thrills every step of the way. The only thing that I wasn't a fan of was the ending. It left major unanswered questions for me. I don't know if this was done on purpose, or if the author plans on writing a sequel....

My Rating:

I give, Collide, by Michelle Madow, 4 "Back in Time," Fast-Paced, Thrilling, Romantic & Entertaining Stars! I loved it!

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124 reviews12 followers
February 5, 2017
I was really excited for this book because the idea of multiple dimensions truly fascinates me. Overall it was a decent read but it didn't knock my socks off. It's a fun, fast paced, enjoyable read but I believe there is a lot more that could have been done with the story. Additionally, it left some questions unanswered that I was very eager to have answered. Thus, I was left wanting more. Some people may enjoy that element of it but I'm not one of them. Notwithstanding this, I'd still recommend this book if you're looking for a lighthearted young adult contemporary style book with a mix of fantasy and sci-fi.
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381 reviews141 followers
February 6, 2017
for the full review, and some ranty stuff about ableist language, check out my blog between the pages

i quite enjoyed this book as a whole. i found it extremely intriguing. with most books, i tend to be able to guess the end before it's anywhere near. i mean, the elementals series (also by madow) were extremely predictable. this book, not so much. i had guessed a couple people as the shooter, but it was none of the ones i thought. one thing i don't like is how the murderer was shown as having a mental illness. as if mentally ill people need even more stigma around them ......

madow has a habit of writing bitchy female characters. i'm not going to say i was surprised that it happened in collide too. i really liked the friendship between claire and anna.

one thing that absolutely pissed me off was the fact that anna got mad over something that her boyfriend did before they were even together. anna seemed extremely immature, even though she was often being praised for the opposite. anna is stuck in this situation where she's not in her "normal" world anymore, but all she really seems concerned about is her boyfriend(s?)/the silly love triangle.

one thing i particularly loved about this book is the writing style. i read this book so quickly. the pacing is really good. there were some points i just skipped over as it was a little repetitive, but overall i didn't quite mind.

i think my favourite thing about this book was the mystery about how/why she was in this other world and who the killer was. unfortunately we don't get many answers in the end regarding the world. i wish we had. was anna in a parallel universe? was she dreaming? or was she in a coma? who knows.
5,237 reviews23 followers
February 20, 2017
This is an interesting story but with some things left unexplained. Anna is in love with Jake and they go to a dance at school. Someone shoots and kills Jake and possibly kills Anna as well.

But Anna awakens in a parallel reality but one week before the shooting. Her mother is alive in this reality (deceased in the other one), Jake is not her boyfriend (he has his own girlfriend), her room is different and to top that off she wants to convince some people that the dance on the coming Friday will be one with extreme violence and death.

The rest of the book deals with how she tries to go about convincing and warning people and trying to find a way to stop the shooter before anyone is injured or killed. It's not an easy task, of course, to convince people that you are from a different reality where something terrible is going to happen. Se does a good job of that, though.

There are a couple of things left open, though. There is no speculation on how Anna got to the parallel reality (especially if she was killed in the other) nor why she ended up a week earlier. Further, the close of the book is totally unresolved and that bothers me quite a bit as I prefer a definite resolution to a story.
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Author 14 books34 followers
January 10, 2021
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. Anna was a good character and the plot was well-crafted. There were only a few things that prevented me from giving this book five stars.

The first one being Jake’s and Zac’s personalities. There wasn’t much of a difference between the two: they’re both nice guy who love Anna and would do anything for her. They were basically the same guy with different names.

The second was the ending: it just felt incomplete to me. I think the author could have created one more chapter so we could see how Anna’s memories blurred with Annabelle’s and how Jake and her friends react the next day, knowing that she was able to stay in that world.

Other than that, though, this was a very fun, fast-paced read for people who love fantasy and books that deal with other worlds.
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Author 20 books491 followers
December 21, 2016
This. was. fantastic.

So excited to have my hands on this so quick after publication, but that just means I have to wait longer for the sequel. Or does it? I think I might be as confused as Anna/Annabelle is. This is a great story for readers of Claudia Gray's Firebird series (multiverses!) and Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall. It starts off with a bang and ends . . . well, it doesn't, hence the very serious need for the sequel RIGHT NOW. The Elementals series was good, but this is already great. Madow's writing gets better with each book.
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445 reviews41 followers
April 1, 2018
En libro fue muy bueno, realmente no tenía expectativas sobre el y me ha sorprendido.
Y aunque la temática del libro no es algo de otro mundo😝😝 la autora la pudo desarrollar correctamente, sobre todo algunos personajes que definió muy bien.
Como pequeñas decisiones pueden hacer grandes cambios.
En realidad no hay mucho suspenso (si prestas atención puedes identificar el culpable desde el principio) pero si mucho romance.
A lo que quiere llegar es que todo estaba bien hasta ESE final. Pienso que la duda principal era.. ¿Que va a pasar con Anna? y sí, ya leí el epílogo, no me gustan los final es abiertos y desafortunadamente este es uno u.u Creo que pudo haber extendido más la historia, dar otra explicación, no lo sé. Por eso le estoy dando tres estrellas al final.
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1,019 reviews20 followers
September 26, 2017
Me encantó!!!
Hubo un momento en que dije, qué tonta perra y demás es Anna, pero cuando se fue al otro mundo, y ver cómo eran las cosas, me hizo pensar en la probabilidad de que eso sea posible, y caraaaaaaaaaaay mi otra yo podría ser mucho peor. Pero bueno, la cosa importante es que ella logra hacer las pases con ambos mundos. Y el tiroteo, no me habría imaginado por ninguna razón que él fuese el tirador!!! y Como siempre, Zac salvó el día, lamento que Anna estuviera tan enamorada de Jake que no le dio una verdadera oportunidad. Pero al final, no se quedó solo.
En fiin, el final es solo aaaaah, quisiera que hubiera otro libro...
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597 reviews
April 12, 2021
Bien primero que nada ya tenía mis sospechas de quien podría ser el "asesino" y acerté pero WOW me quedé así con el final 🙂 y de verdad muero por ver que pasara con todo eso que quedó pendiente!!!
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273 reviews55 followers
January 2, 2017
Kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

Originally posted @ Miranda's Book Blog

Collide is written in Madow's signature style, fast-paced non-stop action with plenty of twist to keep you guessing and characters that will make you smile. Once again, this author has created an amazing story that I didn't want to put down!

Collide in 5 words: Fun mysterious action-filled fantasy.

Storyline: I was hooked from the beginning. Immediately after reading the first couple of paragraphs I felt the nostalgia practically dripping from the pages. Madow has a way of pulling you into the character's head and I felt like a teen all over again!

Quite quickly though the mood changes into a more somber, almost melancholy feel. Not without reason, the main character Anna has recently lost her mother from a drunk driver hitting her.

Not only does she lose her mother but she also loses her boyfriend from a school shooting at the Halloween Dance.

Imagine waking up the next morning and you are a week into the past, AND in another universe! Ever heard of the multiverse theory? I LOVE that Michelle uses it in Collide!

Characters: I really enjoyed each and every character in this book. They are all written into incredibly realistic people. I felt like I knew them!

Watching Anna get to know her friends all over again in the parallel universe was super intriguing. I loved how they were the same people but different due to the experiences that made them who they are.

Other things I liked about Collide:
1. It reminded me of a YA version of Groundhog Day.
2. The series, real-world issues of gun violence: On the surface this book may feel like a light read but it does deal with a few serious issues.
3. Fast-pacing (Of course!).
4. The Ending- I can't tell you anything but at first I thought 'wait, no...that can't be the end!' but after simmering on the ending I absolutely loved it!

I'd recommend this book to anyone with the following:
1. A Book Hangover- Collide if the perfect cure!
2. If you're a fan of the multiverse theory.
3. Or if you like time-travel!
4. Love fast-paced adventure type books.
5. Are a fan of Groundhog Day.
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Author 24 books35 followers
December 24, 2016
This book is amazing. I loved the story, characters, in fact pretty much everything about it. It is a fast paced and thrilling read. Once I started it I simply couldn't put it down.
Anna has already lived through this week and it didn't end so well for her. But this is not her world. She is in an alternative reality and there is a chance that she might be able to change things. It won't be easy because everything is upside down, her friends are strangers to her and strangers are now her friends. She has no clue who to trust and confide in. But soon she realizes that even with so many differences, there are a number of things which are just the same. One is her love for Jake. Her friendship with Claire. And her will to do anything for the people she loves...
Jake is confused. Anna hasn't spoken to him in months and now out of the blur she wants to be his friend again. And what about her boyfriend Eric. She seems to have lost her mind. Or has she?
Eric isn't happy about anything that's been going on but he will help Anna no matter what.His loyalty to her has made things more complicated. Now she is doubting everything. What if Eric is the one she has been meant to be with? What then?
I must say this book is so full of intrigue that many times I just wanted to read the end but I had to control that urge. Because the way everything unravels is just perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend to anyone who likes YA, sci-fiction, or reading in general.
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February 25, 2017
Let me start by saying I did like this book. It kept me reading, and it only took me a couple of hours to finish. The reason I'm only given it three stars is that I worked out who was behind the shooting nearly straight away. I also don't like the ending. I HATE endings that stop and don't finish the story they started. I know that some people prefer to decide themselves what happened and that is why authors do this sometimes, but I can't stand it. I feel cheated. This is personal preference so if you like that sort of thing then you may well enjoy this book. Aside from these things, it was an interesting concept and engaging and not too young.
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February 1, 2017

I really enjoyed Collide! I found the premise to be really interesting, and I liked how strong the characters are. Collide is a YA read, and is told from Anna's POV. Collide deals with the topic of parallel universes; different decisions creating different paths, and follows Anna as she finds herself in a universe where her mother was never killed. Anna goes to her school's Halloween dance with her boyfriend Jake and some friends, when someone begins shooting. Jake and Anna are both shot, and Anna blacks out. When Anna wakes up again, she wakes up in a different place, she's in a universe where her mother wasn't killed, and she has taken the place of the Anna that has lived a different life in the past 6 months. The Anna from this universe goes by Annabelle and never lost her mother, so certain events took a different path for Annabelle than for the other Anna, so Anna needs to find out what in the heck is going on, and even if she wants to return back to her universe. In this universe, she has a different boyfriend, different friends, and the Anna of this universe is different too, and to top it off, she arrives a week before the school shooting, so she needs to find out who is responsible and stop them before anyone is harmed. I love the parallel universe angle, and I liked that Anna is a strong, intelligent, confident, and capable character. She really took this whole parallel universe thing quite well. In this universe, Jake is unharmed, but he isn't Anna's boyfriend, the Anna of this universe is dating, Zac, but Anna still loves Jake, and is having a hard time dealing with Jake and her not being together. She wants to have Jake and her mother both, can she find a way to make this happen? Poor Zac! He really gets the raw end of this deal! I really felt for him! Especially when certain secrets came to light. I really hope there will be a next book because this ended in an unsatisfactory way for me, so I would definitely be disappointed if this was the ending. I read this book in one sitting, and I thought Michelle Madow did a good job of creating an interesting story that draws you in. Great idea!
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547 reviews432 followers
January 21, 2018
Collide follows Anna after she is shot at a high school dance and transported to a parallel universe where her mother is still alive. The catch is that she is transported to a week before the dance and she will do anything to stop the shotting from happening.

I liked the idea and plot of this book. It was a cross between Before I Fall and the movie Groundhogs Day. It was fast-paced and I never felt like there were scenes that could have been omitted. I think this is a strength in Madow's writing. I always want to read more, even when the story itself is only mildly interesting, which was the case with Collide.

The reason the story was only mildly interesting for me was because the characters acted incredibly immature. Anna was so caught up in her own relationship drama that at times I don't think she was even thinking about the dance or how to stop the shooting. She was more interested in trashing her former friends' relationship, and getting her boyfriend back, than spending time with her mother. It just wasn't believable to me.

Overall, this was a decent read. It was easy to get through, fast-paced, and had an intriguing plot. There were certain aspects of the story that I found grating but at the end of the day this was a fun, easy read, and sometimes you just need one of those.
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773 reviews61 followers
March 3, 2017
Title: Collide
Author: Michelle Madow
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Ebook
Pages: 310
Rating: 4.5
Heat: 2

Thoughts: This was a very fast paced, exciting book. Although, I figured out who it was before it was revealed the rest of the story was very interesting. My only problem was the ending, for me there wasn't any closure and that bothers me. I want to know what happened along with why it happened. Plus some of it didn't make sense, but I don't want to give anything away so you'll have to read it to find out. The premise of the story was awesome, almost like Ground Hogs Day but instead of just repeating one day it was a parallel universe and it wasn't a continuous repeat. I really liked the characters and was torn between the two guys, both being awesome book boyfriends. I would've loved to give this 5 stars but there were just too many questions that remained unanswered, but don't let that deter you from reading it!
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November 27, 2016
Time Shift

Lets just say wow, I did not really expect this story to hold my attention they way it did but I am glad I chose to finish this book. This is a YA book but i don't regret reading it.

It was not that it was gripping tale but it was consistent in writing and the development of the story line. The characters were varied and almost typical of high school students of today. By the time I got to the end of the book I was pissed because it left me hanging.

Kudos Michelle, you captured my attention with your story now I need youto write another so I know what happened to Anna.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.
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3,975 reviews59 followers
November 21, 2016
Once I started reading Collide I just couldn't put it down! From the start it gripped me and i could relate to each & every character. I just had to know what was going on & how the characters would try to change things and how it would all end up! Was quite fast pacing and a definite page turner and would recommend!
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