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LEVEL: YA
Format:
Kindle Edition
Paperback:
312 pages
Publisher:
Flux (September 8, 2008)
Language:
English

I am so dead...

Now, was I supposed to go left or right at the Light?

Seventeen-year-old Amber Borden has a lousy sense of direction—so lousy that she takes a wrong turn when returning from her near-death experience. She ends up in the body of the most popular girl in school, who has just tried to commit suicide.
Can a girl who can't even navigate the halls of Halsey High discover the secrets of her new identity and find her way back to her own life?

Amber is an self proclaimed 'populoser overly dramatic chocoholic math geek'. Although her life isn't exactly the way she planned it, she has hopes and dreams that are that of a typical teenager. You meet her and find out some things about her life very quickly. Her parents wanting another baby spent her whole college fund to pay for fertility treatments. This leaves her with shattered dreams, three sisters and a ton of self help books. Her dream is to become a talent agent and that's where the story starts.

You find that Amber is a victim of poor direction and bad luck. While the circumstances can be fairly funny and entertaining, some portions are still very realistic when it comes to teenage life. While there is a certain amount of angst in the book, it isn't overwhelming. The story relies on the story itself to be entertaining, which it is. Rovolving around Amber and her literal 'wrong turn at Albereque' where her soul comes to inhabit the wrong body. While Leah the popular leader of the school looks like she has the perfect life on the outside, Amber soon learns that not all is what it seems. Leah's life is riddled with secrets, low self esteem, and the superficiality of her social group. Even though Amber didn't have a lot materialistically, she was rich in love of others, which made her life more rich in many ways. She quickly learns that Amber inhabiting Leah's body becomes a 'Temp Lifer' which means when life gets to hard for someone a volunteer soul will step in and see them through the hardest time of their lives until they are strong enough to tough it out on their own. Amber sees Leah's problems, but in this book the issues don't take center stage. Rather it's Amber's search for the way back into her own body and returning to her home. While the journey is merely an introduction into the series, it does introduce you in what you may be in store for.

Several of the side characters of the book add to the story.
Chad - Leah's superficial boyfriend. He seems like he loves Leah, but if he did why did he cheat?
Eli - Chad's brother and started to fall for Amber before her accident and becomes closer to her as she is Leah.
Ashlyn - Not overly in the book now, but is one of Amber's best friends.
Dustin - The mature role model of the friends and best friends with Amber as well.

All in all I liked this book and would recommend it for a light read ( I read the whole thing in an afternoon as it wasn't very long.)
RATING: ☆☆


Format: Kindle Edition
LEVEL: YA
File Size:
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Lending: Enabled

Laura Cubus was perfectly content with her life. A junior in high school, she felt perfectly normal. She had good friends, a great family, and did well in school. Nothing particularly exciting ever happened where she lived, and everything was stable.

But that all drastically changes when a new student arrives at Laura's school. Wild rumours swirl about his past, and Laura becomes determined to find out the truth.

As she gets to know the mysterious student, he shares with her an ancient secret... one that may yet put both of them in grave danger.

And for the first time in her life, Laura is exposed to a completely unfamiliar world. She is swept away on an exhilarating journey that takes to a place where great destiny may yet await... and where supernatural powers run rampant.

Shattered is the first book of the Dream Realms Trilogy

Laura is a normal student, in a normal school, nothing changes and her life is bathed in a straight lined normalcy. She likes it that way. In comes the new kid to school. Mysterious, brooding and handsome. She gets stuck tutoring him to catch up with the rest of the class. While they seem at odds at first, she finds that he's not exactly what he seems. While she lusts after one of the most popular boys in high school who used to be her best friend in middle school. After he attempts to rape her there should be an understanding for her rescuer but rather she holds him in contempt screaming that he ruined her chances to be popular. (Yes this whole part made be cuss and say WTMF?! Did she eat paint chips?) After about a week she decides that she forgives him and the story moves on from there. The mystery man admits that he has a thing for her and then admits to many things he's capable of. After the reveal, you find that is a pseudo vampire (not the same as a vampire but rather vampire like in a sense) and capable of entering dreams. You find that by taking Laura into a dream state, that he has broken laws and there is actually something that like a vampire dictatorship that rules all vampires.

In the second portion of the story the main characters are on the run. (The decision of Laura leaving her family out of the blue and having maybe three sentences of regrets seem almost comical as it's so left field and uncharacteristic. )The story is very smooshed with somethings not making sense as it progresses. I blame this on the pace and wanting to get to the main point of the story. The author left no build up but rather seemed to jump head first into much of the situations as well as the climaxes in the story. Only toward the end do you have anything that resembles explanations and drama. Again the decision making of the main character is abrupt with almost no thought process, but seems to jump head first into the story.

With that said I will admit I read this some time ago and had to go back and re-read some to remember what the story was actually about. In the aspect that the story itself was completely forgettable. The second book 'Destiny' is out, but I can't see myself reading it any time soon as my schedule is completely full and I don't have the pressing need to find out what happens next. So maybe.

RATING: ☆☆

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