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My name is Amber Mosby. I am an SFSU graduate. I am a photojournalist and a wanna be psychoanalyst. I write because it's the one thing I know I am good at. If you're reading this info about me, thank you for caring I really appreciate it.
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on Jan. 20, 2014 :
Jade has lived the past few years seeing fear in the eyes of her classmates and teachers. Her reputation precedes her, making her a person to avoid. The reason...she is not your average 17 year old girl. She has powers. Powers that most can only dream of. And these powers of hers have been what have caused her to shelter herself from others. That and a past she does not want to delve into. But all that is about to change.
When she is called in to the principal's office one day, a woman sits inside waiting for her arrival. She informs Jade that her IQ is off the charts, and that she is there to take Jade to a special school on a private island. She will be under the tutelage of a Mr. Lyons.
However, when Jade finally arrives the truth comes out. Well...Jade kind of forces it out, but either way Mr. Lyons tells his true reasoning behind bringing her to the island. It is not, in fact, for her IQ, but for the powers she possesses. Her and five other "students" from around the world have been brought to the island to hone their talents. To bring out the full potential of their superpowers.
Living in a place with five other people who are just like you can mean having to get to know them whether you like it or not. And as reluctant as Jade is to trust other people, there is one person in the place she is the most drawn to. One person who it seems is drawn to her in the same sense.
Can she let him in, or will her distrust make her run away from the guy who seems to understand her the most?
I love the concept of this book. I love the love/hate, lust/fight relationship that goes on between the two Main(ish) characters. This is a great story, and was definitely worth reading, however, I found that apart from the end of the book, the plot was flat. But still, great read.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 29, 2013 :
Jade is seventeen year old genius struggling with being different and the fear that people associate with that. She is given the opportunity by a billionaire to participate in a study of teens and young adults to see what makes a genius tick.
This study takes place on a semi- private island and there Jade encounters others like her and for the first time can begin to feel "normal".
The story winds and weaves around intense feelings with mystery and romance wound up amidst all the characters. The relationships were good and allowed the characters to "grow" within the story. Jade is a externally tough, but inside still wanting love. The heroes were strong, handsome, but at times to "fast" with strong feelings of love.
It would be nice to see a series of this story involving the lives of the supporting characters...
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on June 11, 2013 :
Jade's life is anything but desirable. A strained relationship with her mother and an outcast at school, she jumps at an invitation to go live on an island compound and participate in a study for the gifted. Max, the man running the program, has amassed quite a few students all ranging in age from late teens to young adults. Once there, we quickly learn that Jade is gifted in more than superior intelligence, and so are her fellow study participants.
This book had many of the components I like in my fiction. There was a strong romantic element and a good dose of mystery revolving around Max's motives and Jade's strange dreams. I think the strongest plus in this book for me was the author's writing style. She has a great flow and wonderful voice. I also appreciated the bits of humor throughout the book. There were more than a few lines that really made me laugh. Her characters are also very likeable and there are quite a few of them. It's always a pet peeve of mine when there is a lack of supporting characters, so I applaud her for giving her lead just the right amount of cast.
Amber Mosby clearly has talent, but there were some issues for me. I felt the Jade and Dylan scenes seemed a little repetitive. At the same time, the makeup scenes were nice so I guess I can't complain too much about that! The other issue I had was with the structure of the plot. It didn't flow the way I'm accustom to. I knew there was a larger looming problem coming because of the great foreshadowing she did, but I had no idea what it was until pretty far in. Again, this might just be a personal preference of mine.
In the end, I decided to go with a four star. Even though I had issues, I did enjoy the characters and she's got a really nice writing style.
This was book provided by the Author through PNR NaUBA group Author/Reader Exchange.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)