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(Singularities #1)

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Parker Mills has it all. She’s the two-time winner of the Miss Divine Pecan Pageant, head of the eighth grade dance committee, and a secret psychic empath. Since she absorbs any strong emotion around her, Parker has committed herself to finding shortcuts to happiness. Whether acting as a tutor, a coach, or a matchmaker, Parker knows that when others are happy, she’s happy. ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by CBAY Books
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Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh -- this is such an adorable book! Parker takes people-pleasing to a whole new level as a psychic empath dependent upon everyone else being happy so SHE can be happy. She works overtime at keeping all of her friends and classmates on an even keel. This includes her "special" group of friends who have psychic powers of their own. Together, along with a mysterious and troubled new girl, they learn how to harness and control their gifts in order to protect each other and their school. Alo ...more
Oh man, what to say...

So, first of all, I've read previous versions of this book like...I dunno, four or five times? And certain parts probably more like seven or eight times. And right from the very first iteration, I found myself totally in love with the characters. Parker is friendly and fun and energetic, Mia is sweet and sad and complicated, Avery is the perfect best friend (seriously, PERFECT), Ethan is a mischievous rebel, and Deshawn is calm and wise and has a heart of absolute gold. And
Jennifer Heine
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The power of Shortcuts is the characters. While the group of kids who have been friends since birth have supernatural powers they experience all of the challenges, conflicts, and lapses of good judgement that all kids this age group struggle with. Every middle grade student will find a character they can relate to tin this book. The beginning of the book has the reader falling in love with the characters, but as the story develops the suspense builds, and it has an ending I never saw coming. I g ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book and then went through it again because I felt like I was missing something - I tend to read very quickly and sometimes don't absorb important facts. It was after running through it the second time that I realized what I read was meant for the Y/A crowd, so it's not going to have the resolutions I am looking for (I specifically want to know more about Dr. O and the clinic).

SHORTCUTS is a story about just that, taking shortcuts to get what a perceived outcome should be. Each of th
Shortcuts (Singularities) by Amy Bearce was a hooking fun, engaging, well crafted and just, made me fall back in love with YA.

My first read by this author,. and I have to say I am going to be adding her to my watch list. This book is fresh, different and just had this wicket vibe to it. It had things I love about YA, and it has the things I wish other YA series had. It felt almost real, even with the powers. Man I'm having a time trying to get out how special this book is. On a technical side,
Jenni Bishop
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shortcuts (Singularities) by Amy Bearce ​was is a fun and engaging YA fantasy story. The characters are interesting, and believable and have powers and the story is fast paced. The journey is one of friendships and family, and the usual that teenagers go through along with powers and consequences that could destroy it all and still trying to work out who they are and how they fit in the world. This YA fantasy is well written and captivates the audience no matter their age.
Sara Oxton
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shortcuts by Amy Bearce a four-star read that will take you away. It is a great story for older children as well as having something for adults as well. The fantasy element of the story is well done, I enjoy the genre but its not one of my favourites at the moment but this one sucked me in, and the story kept me hooked. The characters are real, and you will find something in them that you will identify with. If you like your fantasy with a great story, then you will enjoy this one.
Jules Hucke
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book with my 11-year-old kid (her review is below mine). This is a delightful middle school story about discovering your place in the world during those awkward years when you’re not a kid anymore but you’re not in high school yet. Told from the POV of Parker, an eighth grade empath who can feel others’ feelings, the story explores friendships, family relationships, the subtleties of social power, and the problems you must face when you make a mistake that hurts the people you love. ...more
Ann Miller
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shortcuts is a wonderful blend of friendship, light sci-fi, suspense, and a little romance. The main character’s voice drew me in and wouldn’t let go. Parker, an empath, is a feisty, high-spirited girl trying to get a handle on her psychic ability. I loved her despite—or maybe in part because of—her flaws. She’s joined by a supporting cast of characters that are so well-defined I could clearly see them in my mind’s eye while reading. The author’s writing fairly flows off the page, creating an em ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shortcuts (Singularities) by Amy Bearce is a perfect novel for young readers! It is a story of four best friends – Parker, Avery, DeShawn and Ethan. They all have psychic powers because their mothers were given a certain fertility drug. They all have developed different abilities that I can imagine the young readers would find very cool!
The story is told from Parker’s point of view, she is our resident empath! She is brash and bold and honest and caring and energetic … Avery is the PERFECT best
Anna Hirsch
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shortcuts (Singularities) by Amy Bearce
4 Stars

This is a story about four best friends (Avery, Parker, DeShawn and Ethan) who all happen to have psychic powers. All are products of a fertility drug given to their mothers. Each developed different abilities, all of which are very cool. This book is from Parker’s point of view, she is an empath.

She’s popular and has won the pageant twice and is head of the dance committee. To everyone else, she has it all but being in eighth grade and feeling e
Laura Furuta
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shortcuts (Singularities)
By: Amy Bearce
5 out of 5 stars

The story Shortcuts (Singularities) by Amy Bearce is a wonderful fantasy book that I enjoyed reading. It is a story that drew me in and I found myself not wanting to put it down until I had finished the last page. I enjoyed reading about Parker Mills. She is a young girl who is a secret empath. She is someone who wants others to be happy and does all that she can to make that happen. Parker meets Mia who has a mysterious past and has emotion
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shortcuts is the first book in Amy Bearce’s Singularities series. It’s a fantasy novel aimed at older children (around KS2-3) with a gripping story that adults will also enjoy.
Parker is an attractive protagonist. With her popularity, talent and beauty, she’s someone many young readers will look up to and maybe even envy. Parker’s powers – her empathy – make her sensitive to the emotions of those around her. This makes Shortcuts a great book for encouraging empathy and discussions about emotions.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Welcome back to the eighth grade , Parker Mills is living a great life, two time winner of the Miss Divine Pecan pageant and the head of the dance committee . She is also a empath . She absorbs the energy of others and tries to set her friends up . When her friends are happy it means she is happy. Then things start to go wrong when Mia starts at their school she is depressed and just a black cloud. Parker tries to break through but with her friends she tries to help out when her powers go haywi ...more
Birna Björnsdóttir
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Shortcuts (Singularities), by Amy Bearce.

Wow - this is a very intense story about Parker and her friends DeShawn, Avery and Ethan.
They are a very close group of friends and have more in common than just your typical high school hobbies!

Life is going relatively smooth for Parker and her friends until the new girl starts in school.
Mia starts in her new school with some epic weight on her shoulders - and as an empath, Parker is hit with Mia’s feelings, full force.

Always wa
Erica Fish
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shortcuts written by Amy Bearce is a great YA read. I am older than that but seem to find a breath of fresh air because it deals with hard realities of teenage girls. This story, for me, would have been a great suggestion for me to read or my daughters to read. It deals with some troubling issues for teens. Topics of challenges, conflicts, mistakes and consequences are the highlights of this book and it shows that you can make it through with a little bit of help/ There is a fantasy story and Pa ...more
Kerry Baker
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shortcuts (Singularities) by Amy Bearce is a brilliant YA novel that is clever and unique and such an interesting read. This is not only perfect for the age range it is clearly aimed at but also has that something about it that captures the attention of all age ranges.
The characters were all great to read about. The dynamics of their group worked really well and was believable of kids their age. That is something I think a lot of authors struggle to get right.
The story was varied and nicely pac
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. The main character has a great "voice" and is funny. I like stories about superheroes and special "powers" and stuff like that...and this book has a great way of interweaving what real life would be like for teenagers with "special" gifts. The author uses a unique and light touch that I think makes it more interesting. Also, it is a great character driven story about relationships and the power of genuine friendship which I think is highlighted really well with Parker's ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of this book on Instagram, and couldn’t be happier that I did! I’ve read all of Amy’s others books and loved them, so I was really excited to get an advanced copy of Shortcuts. The book is perfect for my middle school aged children and entertaining for adults as well. The characters deal with every day middle school issues as well as trying to figure out how to deal with being “special” or different. Their special powers create such a unique bond for them and it’s fun to see them wo ...more
Stefanie Carney
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shortcuts is a different take on the paranormal young adult novel that had me thoroughly entertained from the beginning. I was instantly swept up in these teenagers lives and I couldn't wait to see how it played out, though I do have some questions about some of the characters. I thought this story showed a different side of the typical teenage angst story in a way that made it seem new and fresh. This story was full of the stuff I love too, it played on the heartstrings a little in a couple of ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Shortcuts by Amy Bearce is a delightful fantasy aimed towards children aged 9 to 14 years old. But I am waaaaay older than that, and still enjoyed the story. There are some tougher issues covered in this book- such as challenges, consequences, conflicts, and owning up to mistakes… which were handled really well by the author, who wrote in a way that was thought-provoking, yet would also allow the younger (teen) reader/s to understand. A story with a message/moral.
The characters are well c
Madilynn Dale
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Shortcuts is an easy to read young adult novel. It focuses on a group of kids who are born with special abilities after their parents utilized a special fertility drug to conceive. Parker is the main character of this novel and is an empath. She uses her ability as a shortcut in a way with people in her daily life. Mia is the new girl and is difficult to read but could also cause problems for the group of friends.

I found this book easy to read and
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's harder enough to be an average kid but when your one that is an empath your life is one big nightmare. Trying to keep sane with everyone's emotion in your head is almost impossible, but thank heaven for her 3 friends who also have gifts. Avery, Ethan and Deshawn are those friends and are 3 reasons that she is still sane. I thought at first that I probably would not care for this book but once I started reading I was hooked at the beginning. Amy Bearce gives us characters that are real and w ...more
Gail Guerrero
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
SHORTCUTS (Singularities) by Amy Bearce

Four Stars

Life isn’t fun when you shortcuts. You learn a lot about yourself when you take the road less traveled. Parker had empathy and it is a dangerous and powerful gift. She wanted everyone happy but forgot that happiness included going through all your emotions. I really enjoyed reading this story. The characters were young and refreshing. They’re just beginning their life journey. Though they will have many trials and tribulations they have each othe
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my usual go to genre i must admit i was completely sucked into this novel. This had a great fantasy storyline that draws you in and you will find yourself lost in there world which is an amazing experience. It's about a group of young children who have been friends all the lives but they all have super powers but still go through life normally even with there special abilities. The character's were fantastic and really brought this story to life. This was a brilliant read and i look forw ...more
Bobbi Wagner
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a creative, well written and engaging YA book. This is about a group of kids that have been friends all their lives. They all have superpowers and go through normal things kids their age do despite their special abilities. I enjoyed each of these characters. They bring the story to life and they really are who make the story. Their story is a journey of friendships, family, and consequences. I recommend this book for middle schoolers or anyone who enjoys reading YA books.
Heather Lovelace
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This YA fantasy is beautifully written and will captivate it’s audience no matter your age. Bearce treats her young main characters with respect and intent, allowing them to truly develop and grow, while learning and stumbling along the way. I wasn’t certain what I would find when I dove in. But easily by the second page I knew I had a treasure in my hands. I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book. Highly recommend!
Sam Sheerin
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shortcuts by Amy Bearce 4 stars.
This is the first read for me by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Amy kept you know the edge of the seat with storyline and you couldn't or dare want to put it down.
The characters all have a nice depth to them not, not too much given away with them.until the point that's it's needed. A nice few little twists and turn.
Amy is definitely an author I will be looking out for, for future reads.
Liliyana Shadowlyn
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won't lie. I went in with expectations that this would be a fun, light read. Instead, I was absolutely blown away. This is a brilliant book that covers so many important topics, all while spinning an amazing story that keeps you wrapped up in its flow. The insight you get into Parker's world is powerful. Parker might be an empath, but it's the reader who feels every high and low in this book. I cannot recommend enough!!! ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bearce’s beautifully descriptive writing is a buffet of emotions complete with taste and smell! The characters are entirely relatable and intriguing as they learn to wield gifts that, if discovered, could destroy their lives.
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Amy writes magical escapes for young readers and the young at heart. She is the author of the World of Aluvia series, SHORTCUTS, and the Wish & Wander series, beginning with PARIS ON REPEAT. She is also a former reading teacher and school librarian.

As an Army kid, she moved eight times before she was eighteen, so she feels especially fortunate to be married to her high school sweetheart. Together

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