Welcome to my first review during Indie Girl April!! I have been a long time fan
of Christine and everything she has pumped out. I would highly recommend any of
her books to fans of Paranormal reads <3
Genre: Paranormal, YA Publication Date: July 7, 2014 Pages: 264 Published By: Author Website Collide on Goodreads Christine Fonseca Website My review copy: From Author in return for honest review.
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When a surprising mental breakdown draws too much attention from a secret government group call the Order, 17-year-old Dakota discovers that her so-called boring life isn’t so boring after all. Between the lies, secrets and assassins out to kill her family, Dakota discovers there’s more to paranormal activity than ghosts and cheap mind tricks. Now she must uncover the truth before a new breed of terrorism takes everything away – including her life.
I spin around to meet his gaze. What kind of quack tells the mentally unstable they're crazy? I mean seriously!
David wraps his arms around mine in a tight embrace. "It'll be okay; I promise."
"I wish everyone would just stop saying that. It's not going to be okay."
I'll never be okay.
"Don't I?" I think of the dreams, the fragments of death and murder ever present in my thoughts. I reflect on the memories of hurting Josh and David. "I can't speak for the two of you, but I am positive I was trained to kill. Certain."
One of the fantastic things about this book was the pacing. I was consistent and there was action around every corner. This is only accented by the fact that the setting, and the characters well very well developed. There is never a blurry picture of what is going on. Not saying that everything is predictable, but you don't have to struggle to see the bigger picture. I never felt like there was a dip and my interest remained right until I finished the book. There were some things I expected, as that comes with most books, but I often found the developments interesting and really gave me something to look forward to.
I seriously loved Dakota. She was amazing right from start to finish, and was strong as heck. She is the female lead that we all want to read. This is not saying that she was perfect, but she accepted that she didn't know everything and that what she did know wasn't always like it seemed. There was a lot of respect given to her for questioning things, but still doing what needs to be done to survive. Often I find that characters make quick and rash decisions when they don't have all of the facts. Dakota however tends to be reasonable, and I really respected her character for having the ability to listen to others and think before acting.
There really wasn't much time in this book for romance. I was both happy and sad by this. Mostly because David is really a wild card. I was never sure if I liked him or not. He seemed like he always had good intentions... Even he reason for leaving her the first time seemed valid. However, that didn't make it okay with Dakota and really it didn't make it okay with me in the end either. I wanted some grand gesture to fix it all, or for Dakota to remember something that would fix it. In the end though I was okay with this romance remaining in the background, as there was honestly just too much going on to justify making it more prominent. There was some growth in their relationship, and I do hope that it will continue to either fix in the future, or Dakota finds someone else.
Collide was a great first book for this series. It was fast paced, wonderfully developed and had characters that I cared about. I look forward to reading more in this series and seeing where the author goes with it. There is honestly just so many different ways that it can go, and others that I hope it does. This book is a phenomenal and not to be missed read for anyone that likes books where people have developed into something more. Fonseca's description of the X-man, meeting The Bourne Identity was great, but it did not do her writing and ability to blow minds justice. I can't honestly think of anyone that I wouldn't recommend this to!
About the Author
Critically acclaimed nonfiction and YA author Christine Fonseca is dedicated to helping children of all ages find their voice in the world. Drawing on her expertise as an educational psychologist, her nonfiction titles address issues of emotional intensity, resiliency and giftedness. In fiction, she explores the darker aspects of humanity and delivers gothic thrillers that take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. In life, she teaches her own children to embrace their unique talents and find their voice by being a force of positive change in the world.
When she’s not writing or developing programs to support children with exceptional needs, she can be found spending time with her family, sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about Christine Fonseca or her books, visit her website – http://christinefonseca.com or her blog http://christinefonseca.blogspot.com.
Thank you to Christine for offering up 1 PB of Collide (US Only)
1 E-book (INT)