Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Review for RESILIENT by Patricia Vanasse

Resilient by Patricia Vanasse
Genre: YA sci-fi/paranormal for ages 13 and up
Length:  318 pages
Publication Date: Sept 3rd, 2013 by Pants on Fire Press
Available: ebook
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Book can be found at: GoodReads

Livia has never felt like she fits in. As normal as it sounds, Livia is anything but ordinary. She can feel every emotion of every single person around her, and it’s maddening. In pursuit of some psychic quiet, she moves with her family from New York City to Whidbey Island in the lush and sleepy Pacific Northwest. But when a horseback riding accident in her new home gives her a broken leg that heals in a day, she finds that another unexplainable ability has manifested, and her life isn’t about to get any easier. 
Adam has no problem fitting in and making friends. In fact, he’s the top of the school, the boy everyone knows and loves. However, people only see what he allows them to. No one knows what Adam is truly capable of. After witnessing Livia’s accident, Adam sees something intriguing in her quick recovery, something that gives him hope that he’s not alone. 
Adam is the only one whose emotions Livia can’t read. Afraid of not knowing what goes on behind his dark eyes, Livia decides to keep him at a distance. Yet the more she tries to ignore him, the more alluring he becomes, and while their personal quests for identity will inevitably bring them closer together, it is the confirmation of what they really are that threatens to tear them apart.

My Thoughts / Review:

I am going to start with a few cosmetic things I liked about this book.  I love the cover, although it’s a bit deceiving.  I didn’t think I was reading the right book because the description and cover didn’t match.  It’s beautiful though.  I absolutely loved the chapter headings.  That may seem like something silly, but I thought they were beautiful. 

I have to say that this book captured me from the very beginning.  I honestly couldn’t put this book down.  I really like Livia, and Adam.  They are both such great characters.  I feel for Livia from the very beginning.  She has to go to a new school, a new town and has to basically start all over.  I really like how the author gave her such a good friend right off the bat.  I like that she made the transition from moving to a new town less painful for Livia.  I think her judgments are too quick sometimes, but I am sure that comes with the abilities she has been given.

Adam at the beginning is one of those characters that you love to hate, but it doesn’t take long for him to redeem himself.  Adams best friend Kyle is also another favorite character of mine.  I really like how the author gives the MC’s such a great group of friends.  Too many times in book the friends end up stabbing each other in the back, and this book made me happy with the friendships and bonds that were made.

This is an exciting book.  It’s intense.  It’s emotional.  There is a point in the book that Livia is talking to her parents, and I couldn’t help but get teary.  I might be a little emotional :), but the way it was written made me cry. 

The end of this book gets so intense, that I found myself clenching my teeth a lot.  The author does a great job with the bad guys in this book as well.  There are a few things that happen that I expected or could see coming, but there were also a few that surprised me.  I love it when a book does that.

I am definitely looking forward to the next installment to this series.     I really like how this book is written, and enjoyed it from beginning to end.

My rating:

Source:  I was given this book by Candace's Book Blog & CBB Book Promotions in return for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way for my review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book!