Monday, May 23, 2011

Trance by Linda Gerber

Ashlyn Greenfield has always known when bad things are going to happen. Each time that familiar tingling at the back of her neck begins, she knows what's to come a trance. She's pulled in, blindsided, an unwilling witness to a horrible upcoming event. But she's never been able to stop it not even when the vision was of her mother's fatal car accident. When soulful Jake enters Ashlyn's life, she begins having trances about another car accident. And as her trances escalate, one thing becomes clear; it's up to her to save Jake from near-certain death.

A big thanks to Amanda for telling me about this book! I had never heard of it before, and I'm so glad she told me to read it. It was a quick read, but it seemed like it took most of the book to get the story going. By the time it ended though, I was wishing for a second book.

I thought the story was quite different than anything I've read in a while. Ashlyn and her sister "share" visions. Ashlyn gets some bits of it, and Kyra gets others. They have to try to piece the premonition together before it's too late to stop it. They have never succeeded. After their mother's fatal car accident, Kyra moved away from home and the trances stopped. When Ashlyn started having visions again, she tried putting the pieces together but couldn't without Kyra's help. So began the race to find Kyra. It took most of the book to get to this point, but like I said, it was still a fast read.

Now, let's not forget about Jake. I don't know what it is, but there is something so sexy about a guy that plays piano. I love when I read a book and discover some hot-sounding guy made infinitely hotter by musical ability. Example: Jace from The Mortal Instruments series, Edward from the Twilight series.... Really any kind of unexpected ability is hot-- Like Peeta with his mad cake decorating skills and his painting...I digress.

I really liked Jake though. I thought he was a well-written character. He seemed like someone I'd want to meet, which is really the true test of a great character for me.

I liked this book quite a lot. I thought it had just enough intrigue to suck me into the story and hold me there. I thought the twists were well thought out and executed. (Everybody knows a poorly thought out twist can ruin a potentially fantastic book-- Hello? Anyone remember them talking out thier problems in Breaking Dawn? Lame.)

Anyway, add this to your To-Be-Read pile. I'd recommend getting it from the library first and seeing what you think, but it is definitely worth purchasing if, and only if, there is a sequel on the way.

Happy Reading!


Chantele Sedgwick said...

I've never heard of this one! I know. Shocking. I may have to check this one out...

Anonymous said...

I've read this book before!! Best book EVER!!! Short but enticing!!!