Welcome to my stop on the Resilient Tour courtesy of Candace's Book Blog Promotions. Candace has once again found an interesting and exciting book. Resilient by Patricia Vanasse is about a boy and a girl who have special abilities. As they grow, their powers evolve and grow as well. Now someone is hunting them and it is a race to find out why and how they are the way the are. Before I get to my review and the fun guest post and giveaway, let me first introduce you to author Patricia Vanasse:
Patricia Vanasse was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now she lives on Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two adorable children, and two crazy dogs. She has been through Culinary Arts, Psychology, Law School, and now has finally found her passion in creative writing. She also loves traveling, cooking, and is an avid reader. Her strength- believes that everything is possible. You can find Patricia on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter andGoodreads.
Please welcome Patricia, she is here to tell you all ten fun and unique things about herself:
by Patricia Vanasse
Very interesting, Patricia. I am curious to know more about your dream control! Thanks for sharing!
Here is my review:
Resilient (Resilient #1) by Patricia Vanasse
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. Resilient, told in alternating point of views, is a gripping story of survival and romance, in which two teenagers face the consequences of being anything but normal.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published 2013 by Pants On Fire Press
Source: Tour Promoter in exchange for review.
Three and a half stars: A suspenseful and exciting story about two teens with extraordinary talents.
Livia tries to soothe her jangled nerves by picturing water. She is about to leave the only home she has ever known. Livia and her family are moving to the Pacific Northwest where Livia can escape the constant turmoil she experiences every day on the streets of New York City. Livia at seventeen, has unique, inexplicable abilities. Her empathetic ability is the one that causes her anxiety. She can feel the emotions of everyone she encounters. Hopefully, in the quiet confines of Washington, she will escape. What she doesn't expect is to find someone who is a bit like her, but as they come together, danger strikes. Can Livia escape her terrifying past?
What I Liked:
- This book grabs you and draws you in from the first pages. I enjoyed following Livia and learning more about her exceptional talents. Along with Livia, there is Adam, who also has unique traits. I liked the mystery and suspense surrounding the pair and their extraordinary abilities.
- The story is told via dual narratives. You get to see everything through Livia and Adam's eyes. I am always excited when I can immerse into each character's head, especially since I can see how they feel about one another. In fact, books told with two view points are becoming my favorites these days.
- The romance starts out on the rocky side as Adam and Livia meet and immediately bash heads. Yet there is a hint of attraction that continues to grow. I liked that the pair developed feelings before they knew the whole truth about each other. There isn't a love triangle, even though there are possibilities for additional love interests, nothing solidifies. It is a straightforward and enjoyable romance.
- There is an air mystery and danger from the get go. It is apparent that someone is hiding the truth about both Adam and Livia. Soon they are being hunted. I liked the suspenseful buildup, and the startling revelations, and the constant guessing as to the why and how they possessed their abilities.
- Once the reason for Adam and Livia's talents is exposed, I was riveted. There are some chilling revelations regarding their births and their pasts. It is a frightening concept that is frightening because it could happen.
And The Not So Much:
- I found the first half of the story to be very engaging. After the half way point, the book lags a bit, and I felt it became a bit repetitious. It gets hung up a bit as Adam and Livia quarrel, and it takes awhile before the plot moves forward. This isn't a bad thing as I could see that the author was taking her time to flesh out her characters and establish her foundation. Thankfully, after that it ratchets up again and moves into the dangerous and exciting parts of the book. In fact, the final portion launches the story into new territory and it sets it up for an exciting sequel.
- I hated the inclusion of the skanky mean girl Lindsey. I could have done without her in the story. I don't think she added anything to the overall plot. She was nasty and needy and just plain awful.
- While the parents of both Adam and Livia are somewhat involved, there was a scene that made me scratch my head. Livia, while her parents are away for a couple of days tending to her ailing grandmother, manages to fly to New York and back and her parents are none the wiser. I felt this was a bit far fetched.
- Uncle Henry appears to be hiding something from the very beginning. Even after his confessions, I still felt like I was missing something. I hope that his character appears in the next book because I want to know more about him and his past.
- Just when the story was getting good and even more interesting, it ends on a cliffhanger with a whole string of unanswered questions. Leaving me wanting more of the story.
Resilient is an exciting and entertaining story that follows two seventeen year olds who have unique abilities. Follow them as they search for the secrets that will unlock their past. The clock is ticking and danger is lurking behind every corner. This book lays out a solid foundation for what promises to be an action packed sequel. I am very much looking forward to seeing how the story will progress.
"I've never been in love, and honestly, right now, I'm afraid of it. Love means commitment, no lies, and no secrets. Could I do that?"
"'Three things cannot be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth'." "Buddha,"
I received a copy of this book as part of a promotional book tour. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
As part of the tour, I am excited to offer you a chance to win a signed copy of Resilient and a Kindle Paperwhite. I own the Kindle Paperwhite and I can't recommend it enough. It is fantastic! To enter the giveaway please fill out the Rafflecopter below. Please note this giveaway is not hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings, I will not be resoposible for selecting winners and distributing the prizes. To see details on the giveaway visit Candace's Book Blog. While you are there, check out all the other great tours she is hosting.
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