Anyone following my reviews with a keen eye (hi, mum!) may be expecting a review of a book beginning with “J” this week, as part of my alphabet challenge. Well, that book was Jane Eyre. It is so unutterably awful (truly: steer clear) that I couldn’t finish it and I make it a rule never to review books I haven’t finished. Which gets me off the hook nicely.
Instead, I’d like to share with you a book I couldn’t fit into my “C” week as it was already occupied: Connected by Kat Stiles.
About the book:
High school is hard enough, Em knows. Her freshman year introduced her to all the cliques, annoying teachers, and tough homework assignments. But discovering you have super powers and not knowing how to control them is a whole new level of complicated.
Thankfully, Em isn’t alone. Her best friend Roz starts having unusual dreams that come true, and Tommy, Em’s secret crush, can hear the softest whispers in class.
A romance blossoms with Tommy. But just as things are looking up, people start dropping like flies. A telepathic serial killer is on the loose and only Em and her friends have a hope of stopping him.
Or do they? If they don’t figure out the killer’s identity soon, one of them could be next.
Review by Katy Haye:
Connected was a real pleasure to read. It offered a fresh and different take on some tried and tested ya tropes – high school with puberty prompting the arrival of strange new powers.
What set this apart was the writing, which was effortless to read. The dialogue, in particular, was an absolute treat and I loved any time the three main characters were together. The spiky relationship between sisters was also well-depicted.
The mystery provided a seriously creepy villain that you wouldn’t want to be in the same room as. Occasionally, I felt the characters were a little slow to pick up clues, but overall this was a real treat – and I’m intrigued about what’s going to happen next!