Sunday, 13 May 2012

Slide By Jill Hathaway

This is the US cover which is the edition i have. I will post the UK cover at the end of this post.

Series: Slide Book #1
Release Date: 27th March 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 250

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I won this book from Jill Hathaway herself, it's a signed copy and i got some lovely bookmarks as well. So thank you Jill! Now onto the Review. Slide is a very unique concept and Jill Hathaway writes about it perfectly, truly making it her own. I loved the idea, it's so unique and I'd never read anything similar before so it was a whole new experience. I loved the way Vee Slid into the minds of others when she was least expecting it, revealing their hidden secrets. I would love to Slide it would be pretty awesome, but a gift like that doesn't come without a price, which Vee soon realises.

We join Vee Bell as she accidentally slides into the mind of a murderer. She watches the death of her sister's friend and there's nothing she can do to stop it. When she wakes people are saying Sophie's death was suicide but it wasn't it was murder but only Vee knows this. While trying to cope with complicated relationships at home and at school, Vee needs to find out who killed Sophie and why. Nobody knows the truth about Vee's episodes which makes it harder for Vee to cope with all this unwanted knowledge. Vee tries to hunt down the murderer but will she be able to find them in time before they kill again?

Vee was a great main character. She was an outcast in her school, she has bright pink hair and is constantly whispered about when she has episodes in school. The only people she is close to she pushes away because she can't tell them the truth about her gift. Her relationships with her sister and father were remarkably well written by Hathaway. They were very strong and very real, it was almost scary how real they were. Hathaway seems to be very strong at creating complicated relationships and writing about them. Rollins, is Vee's best friend but she can't tell him the truth which makes him distant from her. He wants to get closer to her but she pushes him away. I loved Rollins character and when you got to see more of his background my heart went out to him. He was so real, too. I didn't like Zane from the start, he was too perfect and always there when needed.

Slide is a brilliant debut novel. The concept of the book is very unique and it's greatly written. The characters are so real and the relationships in the novel are some of the best I've read. Slide deals with bullying, suicide, affairs and complex relationships, in a manner that all teenagers will understand and be able to see the affects they each can have. It's full of life lessons placed in a intriguing story which many readers will enjoy. The books not too complex and was a nice easy read for me. I only just realised there's going to be a sequel so I can't wait to read that too! I've given this book 4 stars instead of 5 because i thought there was something missing. My attention wasn't fully hooked, i could easily put this down and pick it up again later.  Nevertheless it's a good read that i recommend to all teenagers.

UK Cover!

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