Contactby Laurisa White Reyes Published 12 Feb 2016
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Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.
To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated for the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of the miracle drug Gaudium. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth, but proving it just might get her killed.
"CONTACT is a page turner that will keep you guessing... And it will make you reconsider the next time you wish you knew someone else’s secrets!" - Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of the Missing and The Shadow Children series
"The mystery, suspense, and deep character development kept me turning pages several times instead of tending to dinner or going to bed." - Sharon the Librarian
"I found it exciting, entertaining and gripping. Never a dull moment in CONTACT!" - Paperback Cowgirl Reviews
"Once I started reading I didn't want to put it down and reading it was the first thing I'd what to do when I woke up in the morning." - Book Talk Reviews
"It has a little bit of everything in there for you and keep you going to the last page. " - Functioning Insanity
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Contact was a fun young adult book. It didn't blow me out of the water, but it kept me interested enough to keep flipping the pages.
As the title implies, whenever Mira touches anyone, she gets their whole life history downloaded into her mind. It's a fairly new phenomenon, she's pretty freaked out, and she's already attempted suicide twice when the book opens.
Full Disclosure Time:
I had just finished a story about a girl with powers who felt driven to kill herself before I started this one. I'm not sure if it impacted my enjoyment of this one, but I thought it deserved mentioning.
The main story revolves around Mira and her love interest Scooby-Dooing it around town trying to figure out why Mira has this power. When her mother falls into a fishy diabetic coma after a party, the plot only thickens.
And as the two of them dig into her past, they find out that nothing is what it seems...
There's really not a whole lot to either complain or rave about with Contact. It was one of those books that I couldn't put down while I was reading it, but a few days later..I couldn't recall much about it.
I have to say, I wasn't all that convinced that it was realistic when it came to Mira's reaction to what happened to her mother, but I can't say much else without spoiling the story. Otherwise, this was a decent page-turner.
NetGalley provided a digital arc for review.
This had a lot of dark and twisted moments. It was a great story. I'm looking forward to the next book!
What a great read. The story had me glued to the pages. Contact had everything a reader seeks to escape between the pages. Mystery, romance, powers, drama and action. We follow a 16 year old girl who feels she is cursed with a horrible ability, what makes it worse it that no one believes her. She struggles to hold it together, feeling even more pressured by the fact that her father is a very important man and always in the media. When her mother is murder she will find her abilities a very crucial tool to solving the murder.
What a rush! What a ride! This book is freaking epic! And sad, hopeful, shocking, I’m trying to gather all my thoughts for the review. (Even if you don’t usually read young adult, give this book a try!) http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/reviews/...
The Rock of Ivanore by Laurisa White Reyes is a fantasy novel for middle school through adult readers. It is the first book of the Celestine Chronicles. Marcus is an orphan in a small town. He is raised and considered an apprentice by the elderly enchanter Zyll. When the annual Great Quest is announced in Quendel, to find the Rock of Ivanore. The outcome of the quest will decide the future of Marcus and a handful of other fifteen year old boys from the village. The boys set of on the quest with no idea what the Rock is or where it can be found. Marcus must reach deep within himself to develop new powers of magic and find the strength to survive the wild lands and fierce enemies he encounters as he searches for the illusive Rock. If he succeeds, he will live a life of honor; if he fails, he will live a life of menial labor in shame. With more twists and turns than a labyrinth, and a story in which nothing is at it seems, this tale of deception and discovery keeps readers in suspense until the end.
The Rock of Ivanore is a solid fantasy quest story, complete with characters coming of age, magic, massive battles, deceit, and life changing secrets. This book takes the classic genre and makes is feel new again. I think part of the success here is the characters. While many parts of the story might sound familiar, something here seems to make everything loose the 'I've read this before' feeling that you might expect. Familiar bits; Marcus is an orphan with magical knowledge and little confidence in it, there is a strong but selfish boy in the group that is a bully; a sidekick for the bully; a chubby asthmatic boy, and the typically quiet by general good boy all on a quest together but still also kind of competing against each other. That might sound cookie cutter, but while reading the world and character building is so well done that it all seemed new to me. Marcus is honestly a 'good boy'. He might not always make the right decision, but he tries to always do what is morally right even if it puts him in danger. Kelvin also tries to do what is right, but is more pragmatic about everyone's safety.
The characters that I have not mentioned yet are my favorites. Bryn is a Croc- a shape shifting man eater from the forest in which the boys begin their journey. I absolutely loved the development of this character. There is also Xeres- the unexpected mentor for Marcus that just happens to be housed in Zyll's walking stick who can only be heard by its bearer. Then there is Jayson- the mysterious warrior that is much more than he seems. Some of the twists and turns do not surprise as much as they might others, but the read was fun and had me holding my breath on several occasions. I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series, The Last Enchanter.
I recommend The Rock of Ivanore to readers that enjoy well built worlds and characters in fantasy fiction. The middle school and young adult crowd can enjoy the book, as can adults. I think reluctant readers that need high action combined with solid characters could be tempted into reading this book, and hopefully the series as it continues on.
Now I was provided Contact by Laurisa White Reyes by NetGalley and Hallowed Ink Press to read and review. This is an ARC and is set to come out June 23rd. This is a story about a girl, Mira, who tries to kill herself. We join her after her second failed attempt. She isn't depressed and suicidal as you might initially think, no she has a deeper reason. Every time she comes into contact with someone, skin to skin, for even just a second she can see everything about the person. Their whole psyche loads into hers and it sucks. Not only does it hurt physically but she also feels so alone. And on top of all of that her father is ruining for political office and is being investigated for several deaths during testing for the miracle drug he helped pioneer.
I clicked on this book first because the cover caught my eye. A beautiful girl with an cracked glass background in cool colors and font clutching an old school record, I was curious to know more. This book was pretty interesting. It was set in modern day and I'd even say not a fantasy or sci-fi really. Sure the seeing peoples mind is a bit fantasy but its more a symptom and the rest of the story is about a mystery and a girls struggle to deal with her life and everything in it. She has family issues including a father who seems somewhat aloof and distant but whom she with her 'stunts' is clearly bringing more bad press to him. Oh and did I mention this drug also is mandated now because it cures, you guessed it, depression so when your daughter is still suicidal it raises questions.
Mira is a solid character for me that has a lot of things going on in her head and heart and doesn't know what she wants anymore. That's pretty much something everyone can relate to. Then we have David, a guy she meets in the most interesting way, who seems drawn to her and despite her rationalizations she is drawn to him. When you can't touch another person being around a boy that makes you want to touch is a conundrum. As her life starts to spiral David is there to help her search for answers and keep her sane while maybe even bring her through this.
The story itself as I mentioned is more of a mystery than a fantasy as Mira and David search for clues about what she is and just what really happened in those trials. It’s a dangerous game filled with excitement and intrigue so enjoy the ride. I give Contact 4 Stars. I enjoyed it and read through it pretty quickly, less than a day really. It has a little bit of everything in there for you and keep you going to the last page. Now it is currently only listed as a single book with nothing to indicate, that I have found, a start to a series but the book. It ends but and you are okay with the ending but there was the option to continue so if the story of Mira does continue I look forward to reading it. So check out Contact when it comes out soon on June 23rd.