Let me just start by saying how much I am loving PulseIt, the website where you can download and read YA books for free. This time I got to read a new book by an author I've enjoyed in the past. Lisa McMann has written many novels and I've read most of them. Her stories are pretty action packed with great underdog main characters experiencing something paranormal. Here's my review of Crash (Visions #1):
Jules lives with her brother, sister, eternally optimistic mother, and depressed, hoarder father above their family's Italian restaurant. She's been in love with Sawyer, the son of the rival Italian restaurant family, ever since they were kids. Jules has been seeing something strange lately. Like a movie trailer, everywhere she looks--from billboards to computers to tv screens, she sees the same scene: a crash, an explosion, and nine body bags. One of those body bags is open and in it is Sawyer. What does it mean? Is Jules going crazy? After ignoring it for days, Jules finally slows the images down and looks for details. Maybe this is a vision and she's supposed to do something to prevent it. All Jules knows is that she can't let Sawyer die. She tries to warn him but of course he thinks she's crazy. Finally, Jules figures out the day the crash is going to happen. What she does will completely change the outcome and what happens afterwards will shock those left standing.
**Lisa McMann is a great writer of stories with realistic settings and characters experiencing strange, paranormal occurences. I loved our MC Jules and her very realistic crush-from-afar on Sawyer. Who among us hasn't had one of those crushes? And even better, who didn't crush on someone their parents didn't approve of? The rivalry between Jules and Sawyer's families was interesting and very Romeo and Juliet-esque. I wanted to know why these two families hated each other and when it was finally revealed, I was pleasantly surprised. There were times while reading though, that I felt like the story dragged. Jules's wondering what was happening to her and what she should do about it slowed the story down and made me impatient to get to the inevitable crash. All in all this was a fast, short read that had a cliffhanger ending that will leave readers wondering what happens next.
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