“I heard the crack, the ice weakening, the fracture chasing me.”
“Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine -despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it? Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she’s reassured to find some”one who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy’s motives aren’t quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?”
It’s not too often that a book can make she literally shiver from the “creeps” but this one gave me goosebumps all over!
For a debut author to succeed they need to stand out in the crowd. They need to be different. And this Author is going to shine.
While there is a typical YA love triangle in this story, it is not the center of attention. All eyes on Delaney. You can really connect with her struggle to simply try and be “normal”, all while dealing with a mother who now thinks she is anything but. A friend/love interest who can’t decide if he wants to stay or go, and a deceptively endearing newcomer who connects with Delaney on a level no one else can.
The concept of this book will grip you. Making you wonder what you would do if you KNEW someone was going to die. What if they were your friend? A neighbor? A family member? Would you fight to save them? Would you tell them? Or would you try to help them suffer no longer?
The only hesitation I have is the aforementioned love triangle. We need some stronger Female characters out there! No more of this ” I know he is bad for me but I am going to keep letting him in.”
It’s only the beginning for this debut author, she will definitely hold her own and not fall through the cracks!
“Like me, Mom understood that ‘nothing’ could be worse than anything real. Like the dark. ‘Nothing’ can be the most terrifying thing of all.”
Coming to Bookstores January 17th 2012! Watch the days pass on the countdown clock on the left of the blog!
Are you in the Portland Area!? Megan Miranda will Be at the Cedar Valley Powells on Jan 27th! Hope to see some of you there!
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