Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Visions of You
Every once in awhile as a book reviewer, you become interested in a book based on the synopsis of the storyline. While this genre is generally right up my alley, I found it difficult to concentrate on the story based on a few factors.
Keeping in mind that the author, C.Y. Bourgeois, was trying to write this for a Young Adult audience in mind but for the occasion curse word, she had to reclassify this one under Adult Suspense Thriller. It's also hard not to attempt to compare her to Stephanie Meyers who's writing style is superb. But based on these facts, the story involves a serial murderer who is hunting down and kidnapping young high school girls from Palmer, Alaska. While it seems like the crimes are not connected, Shelby Leight (pronounced Light) receives visions from the dearly departed asking her to help track down and stop the killer.
When she learns she is gifted in this area based on a casual conversation on the way to the bus stop, Shelby feels she has to try and help before someone else she knows winds up dead or worse even she becomes the next victim.
When Shelby is introduced to the new student in school, a young brooding teenage boy named Paul Thatcher, who she develops an attraction to and tries to befriend in her Chemistry class. (Sound familiar so far). He is a pale, tall and wears dark glasses to keep from getting headaches in the bright lights and sunlight. Yet unknown to Shelby, Paul has a dark secret he is keeping, one that his mother is working on dealing with the changes he is going through, and one that requires him to drink blood.
While the storyline sounded promising, for me if left me with a desire for wanting more from this one. I found myself re-reading the content because the author spends so much time detailing her descriptions of virtually everything in the book, it becomes distracting. There are even parts of the book where the author re-describes something that you begin to wonder if you've missed something and are re-reading a portion of the book again and again. So for me, this really interrupted where the story was heading.
I received Visions of You compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours for my honest review and found this one hard to stick with. Perhaps with other readers this book might become a favorite but for me, it wound up lacking in so many areas. For that reason, I have to rate this one a 2 out of 5 stars.
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