Thursday, February 27, 2014

Crash by Lisa McMann [Review]

Crash (Visions, #1)4 out of 5 Robots!

Crash by Lisa McMann
Series: Visions #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: January 8, 2013
Hardcover: 233 Pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of three books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
For the first half of this book, I was a bit bored.  Jules spends most of the time wringing her hands over her visions, over her crush on Sawyer Angotti, over her father's depression and hoarding, over the family rivalry with the Angottis.  For such a short book, I would expect a lot more action or forward movement.  But I felt the first half of the book languished a bit and it couldn't quite decide what it wanted to be.  There is the family drama aspect, the unrequited love aspect and then the paranormal aspect.  But, by the time Jules starts to figure out what her visions were trying to tell her, it started to pick up and the plot started to solidify.  By the end I was pretty on board and excited to read the sequel.  Another thing I really liked was Jules relationship with her siblings, Trey and Rowan.  They have a very sweet relationship with each other and it was the highlight of the book. 

Overall, I think the book got off to a bit of a slow start, but eventually found its footing.  I'm excited to see where the series goes based on the small cliffhanger at the end.

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Crash
2. Bang
3. Gasp (expected publication June 2014)

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