14 April 2012

Review- Slide

Title: Slide
Author: Jill Hathaway
Publisher: HarperTeen
Find it here: Amazon, Goodreads
Source: ARC from HarperTeen

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.

My thoughts:

Over the past few months I have really become a huge fan of books that I consider to be mysteries with just a hint of the paranormal. In these books, there's usually no such thing as vampires or werewolves, just someone with a slight ability that makes them unique. For example: Violet from the Body Finder Series can sense the echos of those that have been murdered, Delany from Fracture is drawn to those that are dying and Vee from Slide can fall into a person's body if she is holding one of their personal items. I really love a good mystery, who-done-it type of book.

The main character Vee pulled me in two opposite directions. On the one hand she is very closed off, has about one friend who doesn't even know about her ability and acts like a mother to her younger sister. She seems to be this really closed off person who doesn't really let anyone in but as soon as the new guy in town shows a little bit of interest in her she is all over him! I thought it was kind of a contradiction to her character.

I thought Vee's little sister was a brat and I wanted to slap her so many times! She was always mad at Vee because Vee chose to be best friends with someone who was considered a “loser” and never really wanted to go to the big parties or the social functions at school. Characters like that are just really shallow and very annoying.

Even though I sort of figured out what was going on about two-thirds of the way through the book, I still really enjoyed it and I was still surprised to find out who all was involved in the murders. I thought it was a very good stand alone book and I have just come to realize that it's the first in a series. I don't know how this is going to be a series because I think it's a great book by itself. I give this book 3 hearts because I really thought it was an original idea but I figured out who was master-mind murderer.


Lalaine said...

Ive heard mixed reviews about it and mostly was like 3 stars only, so Id probably just let it slide at the moment :) Great review Crystal. x


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