Jools Sinclair lives and writes in the in-between world of Bend, Oregon, where sunlight kisses snow, mountains reach for the desert, and long summer days cascade into night. She watches it all, perched atop her butte, with her giant orange cat.
on May 10, 2012 :
I don't usually read YA, but the good reviews and interesting premise made me decide to give it a try. And I must say, it is very well written!! I do recommend!
(review of free book)
on June 09, 2011 :
GENRE: YA Paranormal/Mystery/Romance
Imagine yourself falling through thick ice, your lungs taking in ice-cold water and your heart slowing down with every inch you fall below the depths. For Abby she experienced just this and was claimed to be dead until she startlingly woke up, but something was wrong she didn’t wake up normal. 44 is a book of fantastic mystery and thrilling twists.
After the accident of falling through the ice Abby’s life has never been the same. Her friends don’t talk to her, she can no longer play on her soccer team, and she starts having these awful nightmares of a man killing people. Luckily she has her best friend Jesse who still is talking to her and her sister who is her biggest supporter. But when the deaths she see start happening for real outside her dreams, her life takes an even deeper and more dangerous turn.
I loved 44, I don’t want to giveaway why it’s called 44 because I feel as a reader its fun to discover that on your own. Abby is a character that has really hit rock bottom when it comes to her social life, I really felt for her as she struggles with being an outcast and trying to find herself again.
The plot was brilliant and chilling, I had no idea who the killer was and when you think you’ve figured it out another twist happens. I really enjoyed how Abby and her sister tried to solve the mystery together like a little team.
Jesse, Abby’s best friend was a breath of fresh air as a male lead. He was a big mystery and someone who was always there for Abby. He made sure she knew he was there for her, even if he wasn’t always around. I enjoyed reading about his relationship with Abby and their chemistry really pulled everything together.
Overall a great mystery story with a touch of paranormal elements and romance, the ending was a major shocker and leads into the second installment. I can’t wait to see what happens next with Abby. Mystery, romance and paranormal elements, you can’t go wrong with 44.
This is a YA book with some minor graphic murder scenes but overall enjoyable for all ages. Fans of Amanda Hocking and Kristie Cook.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on April 23, 2011 :
44 was just about impossible to put down once I started. From the very beginning, there was an air of mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat. There was always a bit of the story that was just beyond my reach, a piece missing that was integral to Abby's story. Instead of that missing piece being frustrating, it was what kept me thoroughly engrossed to the end of the book.
Abby was a fantastic lead character, amazingly real and fully relatable. She was struggling to find herself after her accident, and while the circumstances were different, her struggles were similar to those we all go through in life. I felt her pain, her frustration, her fears, as if they were my own. Jesse, too, was a great character, and perfectly developed for his role in this story.
Everything in this story worked so well together. The plot of the story and the characters are perfectly balanced, with the suspense woven throughout the story but never overwhelming any of the subplots. When that "ephiphany" moment came, I totally wasn't expecting it and I made an audible noise that caught the attention of everyone around me. I love a suspenseful story that totally throws me and keeps me guessing. I highly recommend this fantastic novel!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)