Mar 26, 2012

ARC Review: Jill Hathaway - Slide

Jill Hathaway - Slide


• Pub. Date: March 27, 2012
• Publisher: Balzer + Bray for Harper Collins
• Format: Hardcover 256pp
• Age Range: Young Adult

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

I received this book through the ATW ARC Tours. Here is my honest review:

I enjoyed this original sci-fi-ish novel quite a bit! It started out pretty strong and it ended with a bang, too. This book was good all the way throughout. I was never bored and I didn't lose interest. Definitely a good book!

I liked the idea of Vee sliding into other people's bodies. I wanted the control part to play out more, and I did think it was pretty convenient that she slid when juicy stuff was happening, but that's okay. It made the story interesting since you only see bits and pieces. It was hard to put the whole story together, so it wasn't that predictable - especially the end. Ouch. But that's all I'll say.

What I liked:
  • The fresh idea. Vee slides into other people's bodies when she touches something of theirs with emotional imprints. Very interesting!
  • The mystery. This was a little like a murder mystery in YA form, but it also includes the paranormal aspect. It wasn't very predictable, so it was fun.

What I didn't like:

  • Lack of humor. It was a little stressful without any humor in the murders. I know that sounds bad, but death and laughs go together in murder mysteries to me. Makes it easier to stomach, better for entertainment.
  • Rollins. While I guess I liked him as a character, even if he was hiding stuff from Vee, I didn't feel the connection from his side. And when we're introduced, they are already in trouble.

Bottom Line: Definitely check this out when you get a chance. It's a cool idea and great standalone.

Rating:

4 / 5 book sharks

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I've been wondering about this one, and now I know I really need to check it out. Thank you for sharing! :)

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