Sunday, May 6, 2012

Slide by Jill Hathaway

Slide (Slide, #1)
 Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Source: ARC and Finished Copy from Publisher
Series: Yes, #1 in the series
Challenge: Free Reads, Debut Author Challenge 2012
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.
     I received Slide by Jill Hathaway for review a few months ago and I remember being so excited to read it.  I personally LOVE murder mysteries and Slide has a paranormal twist!  Thankfully, it didn't disappoint!
     Slide was fast paced with twists and turns everywhere!  I was especially surprised by the ending!  I certainly didn't expect anything like it.
     I thought Vee's character was definitely interesting.  Her condition was definitely perplexing and I've never read anything that has to do with narcolepsy, so the storyline kept my interest.  Some of the decisions that Vee made throughout the story did annoy me, though.  Fortunately, she stayed strong and was able to figure things out in the end, regardless of her crazy family and town!  I was really bothered by Amber and Sam in the book.  Although we do see some of Amber's motives for her actions later in the story, her bratty attitude is still very upsetting.  I was also a little annoyed by Maddi, Sylvia's sister but, her attitude was essential to the story.  I liked seeing her other side throughout the story.  By far, my favorite character in the story was Zane.  He liked to read, he was romantic, and he was a great listener.  He was like a beacon of hope for Vee and I really liked him.  I was really upset by the ending (if you've read the book you certainly know what I'm talking about!) but, it was definitely a shocker!
     I really enjoyed the storyline!  As I said before, there were a ton of twists and the potential suspect list just kept adding up.  When the culprit was revealed in the end, I was shocked.  I had never even thought of who it turned out to be.  Jill Hathaway kept me guessing throughout the entire story and her writing style was great, too!  The whole book had a mysterious and dark tone.
     Jill Hathaway's writing style keeps readers engulfed in the story.  Slide was a dark and mysterious murder mystery that's not to be ignored.  Definitely give it a try!

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