Parallel by Lauren Miller

We have all had those moments where we think ‘I wonder where I would be now if only I had…..’ Or ‘how different would my life be if I had never…’ Or plainly just ‘what if’.

When Parallel landed in my hands along with an accompanying letter which read:-
“When was the last time you watched one of your life plans disappear before your eyes? A university rejection? An unexpected break up? A career opportunity you missed?
17-year old Abby Barnes lives this moment over and over again after a collision of parallel worlds cause her life to spiral into the unpredictable every time her parallel self changed course”

I could not have been more excited!! A book that was going to explore the ‘What if’s’ parallel world style.

Let me tell you I was not disappointed.

Miller weaves a very clever, very intricate plot line, perfectly and seamlessly, showing how decisions made by Abby in one world effect parallel Abby in another world.

Although the story jumps from one timeline (2008) with one version of Abby to another timeline in 2009 with a different version of Abby, I was never once left confused as to which timeline we were in, nor was I unable to see how actions in 2008 changed things in 2009. Yes there was science speak in order to explain the phenomenon of parallel worlds and the outcomes if they were to collide…..but Miller never used high brow terms that would flummox the reader, neither did she dumb it down so much as to make it patronising.

In all, for me this was a fantastic debut about becoming the person we were always destined to be, and I for one cannot wait to see what Miller comes up with next!

And for those of you wondering “what if she had never read this book?” I can honestly answer ‘I would have missed out on something great’ ……..

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Vortex – Julie Cross

Press Release:-
“Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Jackson has proved himself to be an excellent agent. However, all that changes when Holly—the girl he altered history to save—re-enters his life. And when Eyewall, an opposing division of the CIA, emerges, Jackson and his fellow agents find themselves under attack and on the run.

Set in a vivid present day and not-so-distant past, VORTEX is a gripping, heart-stopping thriller that, in spite of its page-turning pace, masterfully deals with themes of identity, relationships and grief. Our hero Jackson is an ordinary young man with an extraordinary power – a power which will lead him to make a difficult choice – just how much will he sacrifice for the girl he loves? ”

Vortex picks up pretty much where we left off in Tempest. Jackson has joined Tempest, and in doing so has erased Holly & Adams memory’s of himself – its as if he never existed to them. A sacrifice Jackson felt he needed to make in order to keep them safe.

However, Jackson’s plan backfires when Holly re- enters his life, only this time she is not the girl she used to be.

Will Jackson be able to put his love for Holly to one side and focus on the mission at hand , or will having Holly back in his life prove to be too much for him to handle.

Vortex is an extremely fast paced read – one I devoured in one sitting – however I would not recommend sitting down to this book with a wandering mind – as Cross takes us through many time travel scenarios and possible out comes , I felt like I had to concentrate really hard on what time line we were on – which time line could change the future- which one didn’t !! Whilst you could most probably glean the shell of the story without concentrating too hard on which time line we were in and getting bogged down in the science of it all, I would strongly recommend only picking this up when you are focused enough to pay complete attention to the plot, as it is certainly very clever !

I am now left with more questions about Tempest/Jackson/Holly/Adam than I thought possible and the cliffhanger ending has left me frustrated… I need to know what happens next !!!

Overall I gave Vortex a 4 out of 5 star rating, and like Tempest , I know I will be going back to read it again ( most likely more than once).

If you have not already started reading these books then you need to get out there and add them to your shelves!

Happy Reading!!

Tempest – Julie Cross

Tempest by Julie Cross

“Today Jackson and Holly are in love.

Tomorrow she will lie bleeding in his arms.

Yesterday Jackson must undo it all”

Jackson Meyer has a secret… A secret that he has only shared with his best friend Adam.. So when armed men burst into Jackson’s girlfriend Holly’s dorm room and shoot her…he knows his secret is out.

But instead of trying to save Holly’s life, instinct takes over and Jackson jumps… Yep you heard right, Jackson jumps – through time, leaving Holly bleeding on the floor…his secret is well and truly out now!!

Jackson now finds himself in 2007, 2 years earlier than the incident in Holly’s room, 2 years before he ever met Holly, only this time he can’t jump back.

Will Jackson work out who he really is, who his father really is and most importantly what Tempest really is in time to save Holly…..all before he has actually ever met her??

Tempest is a fast paced novel full of mystery and intrigue with an ending that will leave you a little heartbroken, and desperate to know what happens next in Jackson and Holly’s story…. Luckily the wait won’t be that long as book 2 – Vortex – is hitting the shelves as I type – I for one will certainly be snapping one up straight away!!!

Keep your eyes peeled for my review of Vortex – coming soon!

Happy reading !

New year, new challenges.

Happy New Year!!

So as 2013 begins it brings, for me, new reading challenges. Hopefully challenges that once you learn about them – you will sign up for them too!!

As some of you may know I take part in the Goodreads challenge, where by you challenge yourself to read a certain amount of books. Last year my target was to read 100 books, at first I was unsure if I would make the target, but as 2012 drew to a close I found that not only did I get to my target, I completely smashed it by reading 145 books!!

This year I’ve upped my target from 100 to 130 – hopefully ill do as well this year as I did last.

Another challenge I take part in is the debut authors challenge – whereby you read at least 12 – more if you like debut novels!! ( again you can find links to this challenge on goodreads)

I’ve already read 4 books this year so far , one of which – Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe, is a debut.

Riptide follows the story of a girl called Grace, who dreams of being a professional surfer, but who’s oppressive parents have different plans. They ( especially her father) have her life planned out, and if she dares stray from the plan her father makes sure she is put in her place.
The reader is taken on an emotional rollercoaster as Grace, with the help of her best friend Ford, learns how in order to fulfill her own dreams -she needs to learn to cut the ties her family have on her.

Riptide was a great book to start my new year reading challenges, and I hope to enjoy reading and blogging about many more over the coming year!!

I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on a few proof copies of some upcoming YA fiction for 2013 – a few to keep an eye out for are:-
Unremembered – Jessica Brody
Hysteria – Megan Miranda
Paper Valentine – Brenna Yovanoff

Happy reading !!

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