Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Review ~ "Contact" by Laurisa White Reyes

ContactContact by Laurisa White Reyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley
Genre:YA Paranormal

Book Description:  It takes only half a second…

…Like those commercials where a crash test dummy rockets forward at high speed and slams into a wall.
…In that instant, every thought in Emma Lynn Walsh’s head collides with mine—every thought, memory, hope, disappointment and dream.
…I open my eyes to see Dr. Walsh peering at me, a puzzled expression on her face.

“Let—go—of—me,” I order though clenched teeth.

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 in the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of a miracle drug. 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!

My thoughts; When the book opens, Mira has just attempted her second suicide attempt. It doesn't take long for the reader to discover that she has an ability which affects her mental health. When she has skin to skin contact with another person she can read their life history. It is a burden that is difficult for a 16 year old girl.

Her ability leads her down a path of mystery and danger. I don't feel like I can expound on that too much because I don't want to give away any part of the explosive conclusion.

There are some great secondary characters. Laurisa White Reyes does a great job at keeping the reader close to discovering the truth, but far enough away that it is a surprise. She has many false paths that Mira starts down, only to discover there is another path. Eventually the truth comes out and leads to an exciting and dangerous conclusion.

This book definitely caught my attention. This is the first book of the author's that I have read and it won't be the last.

This book is also part of Goodreads Giveaways until 2/9/15

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