Ordinary (Anything But #1)

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There are three kinds of people in the world: those who are alive, those who are undead, and those who can see the undead.

Honor Rochester found out she's one of the three, and it's not the one she would prefer to be.

She can accept her fate and live as is decided for her. Or not live at all.

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Published: April 02, 2013
Words: 55,580
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301492299
Tags: young adult
About Lindy Zart

I've been writing since I was a wee lass. I was reading before that; possibly while still in the womb. Don't think about that too much.

I started out with short horror stories and poetry. I was terrible at it. The poems not so much, but the stories were awful.

I decided to finish a book (and I DO mean finish--I'd started plenty throughout the years) when I was in my mid-twenties (so not that long ago because I'm young and will forever stay that way). Again, not my best work.

But that's the thing about writing; it improves with time. (It's also a good thing to know your work can't possibly be any worse than it was when you first started.)

What I love most about writing is having people tell me how much they enjoy my work; how my writing touches them; makes them feel intensely.

Bringing a reader to laughter or tears is a wonderful feeling for a writer, and no, I'm not sadistic. *insert evil laughter HERE* It means I got them to feel, to respond to something I created.

Also, I just like to make stuff up and put it down on paper. I have an endless supply of stories in my head; lots of stuff to share with the world.

Happy Reading!

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Review by: Bartender at The Book Bar on Jan. 03, 2014 : star star star star
Rating: House/Well, a paranormal with lots of suspense.

Honestly, I was getting a little worried when I was at 40% and wondering when we were going to be “let in” on what in the world was going on with this book. I love LOVE Lindy Zart and her writing and this is the first ‘paranormal’ from her that I have read. The suspense Zart creates in the first 40% is gripping and you can’t put it down because you’re dying to know what everyone surrounding the main character, Honor, seems to already know.
Honor (*awesome character name alert*) witnesses a terrifying incident involving a fellow classmate and you think maybe she has a morbid, overactive imagination. Her suspicions are confirmed when men in suites come after her.

Honor felt betrayed somehow, even though she knew she wouldn’t have understood, couldn’t have. How could he have been so happy with such a terrifying, epic secret? She just wished… she wished he was around still to explain it all to her. Honor wished he was around—period.
Ordinary (Anything But #1). Zart, Lindy. (Page 54) 2013. ARC provided by Author

The introduction to the book is all from Honor’s perspective. We learn a little about her and her background but within a couple days, everything is questioned. Who was her father, really? What about her mom and sister? What does the future hold for her?

Honor doesn’t really take comfort in the fact that fellow classmates are also in the same situation and seem to be more aware of what’s to happen to them. Ryder, a boy she thought was harassing her for fun and a chance at a date, turns out to be one of them and Honor is torn between missing the boy that constantly hit on her and the man-child that is willing to segregate the UD’s & the UDK’s.

Honor’s stomach growled. “No.”
Ryder’s lips turned up in a fleeting, sadistic smile. He kicked the tray across the room. It hit the wall and overturned. “Good.”
Honor’s mouth dropped open. She was so used to his attempts at charm that she was stunned by his current behavior. Apparently he was no longer trying to pursue her, if he ever had been.
Ordinary (Anything But #1). Zart, Lindy. (Page 38) 2013. ARC provided by Author

Having to adjust to her new life, Honor tries to remain stoic and unaffected but she needs a friend. Someone that can provide comfort. The man who brought her in and changed her small world seems to be cracking his ‘tough guy’ exterior whenever he’s around her. I love the Nealon character and I feel the emotional connection these two are making even if they don’t want to. I don’t know what ‘type’ of connection they are creating, but I like thinking of the possibilities.

Honor felt herself softening again toward him. She knew it was stupid. She knew he’d just lash out at her again and act like she was nothing but an annoyance. Nealon cared. He wasn’t as cold as she’d first thought. Oh, he was dangerous. That first impression she had had of him would never change. But he wasn’t as un-compassionate and unfeeling as he wanted everyone to believe he was. Honor even thought he might be fair, might be just. He cared about her, even though he didn’t want to.
Ordinary (Anything But #1). Zart, Lindy. (Page 76/77) 2013. ARC provided by Author

The last part of the book is divided into the views of the surrounding characters; Nealon, an ‘almost 30′ agent, Christian, a newbie UD, and Ryder, a newbie UDK trained by Superior August. Every perspective reveals more information and you start to connect with everyone that you pegged a ‘bad guy’ in the beginning. There’s always a villain and this guy, Superior August, could go toe to toe with President Coriolanus Snow (Hunger Games). The man has a personal agenda, thus his arrogant title. He wants to appear to be caring or fair, but really, everyone is expendable. Nealon, being an agent for almost two decades, is tired of this attitude towards the UD’s and ultimately makes a decision to level the playing field. We’re not sure why he isn’t going with the majority, but a peek into his past reveals more emotion to Nealon.

Christian felt her again and it soothed him a little. He thought he could even smell her skin and it smelled like sunshine and warm air, things he’d taken for granted and now longed for. He wanted to say something, to let Honor know he was aware she was there. Her sorrow was stronger than all the pain he’d endured. It washed it away, made it into something bittersweet. Where his heart should have been, it ached, but in a different, less painful way. She was the only one that cared in the hell he was in. Honor kept him from losing all hope, from giving up. If she was there, he wanted to be too.
Ordinary (Anything But #1). Zart, Lindy. (Page 97) 2013. ARC provided by Author

‘Paranormal’ seems to fit this story, but it’s not like anything I’ve read before. This is not zombies or vampires. The book does end with a crazy cliffhanger, but this book was a fast read and I am anxious for the follow up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lissette E. Manning on Nov. 26, 2013 : star star star star star
Honor Rochester has always considered herself a regular Plain Jane. She's a growing sixteen-year-old, intent on making the most of the world she lives in. She has a loving mother (most of the time), and a talented younger sister. There's nothing else she could ever want in life, aside from her late father, of course.

When her life takes an unexpected turn in school one day, Honor begins to question the world as she knows it. A classmate has disappeared, and there are people intent on capturing her. The thought of submitting to someone else's will is mind-boggling, something she knows she won't do. Unfortunately, that's a choice she's forced to make if she's to survive her unexpected ordeal.

Determined to fight the circumstances she now finds herself in, Honor vows to do everything possible to overcome the obstacles that now stand in her way. In her mind, she'll be able to go home when the time comes. It doesn't matter that there are those who are keeping things from her. They want her to remain in the dark about who and what she truly is. Everything inside of herself rebels at the thought, and she'll do all she can to gain her freedom by any means necessary.

As the secrets surrounding her existence surface, Honor soon realizes that there's a lot her mother never told her. Part of her knows that she did so in the hopes of protecting her from what's out there, while another part of her resents the fact that she's been kept in the dark about so much. Forced to confront who and what she really is, she soon begins to understand that not everything is what it seems. If she's to survive what's headed her way, she'll need to play the sordid game game she's been thrust into against her will. The question is, will she come out of it on top when the time comes?

Ordinary is a great to start to the Anything But series. We find ourselves immersed in Honor's world. A world where she's cocooned in a comfortable bubble, one that's soon shattered in the blink of an eye. She ends up dealing with a lot of adversity throughout the book, and slowly grows an even thicker skin to the one she already has. There are quite a few twists and turns I never saw coming. One in particular made me go, "WOW!" And no, I won't mention which one. You'll have to read the book if you'd like to find out what I mean. Trust me, though, it's worth it. Definitely looking forward to book two!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Justine Gauckler on Nov. 15, 2013 : star star star star star
This book got me hook, line and sinker on the first page. As an adult, I've never read a YA book but OMG this book was great. The characters were all interesting and the words flowed seamlessly together. Lindy made Honor, Christian and Ryder seem like normal teenagers if you could look past the whole UD/UDK thing. I was amazed at the level of writing for this first book in the Anything But Series. I'm super excited and anxious for Unremarkable to come out. I'd also like to say that as an avid reader, I gobble books up but I took my time reading this because I didn't want to miss anything. Lindy, this is a really great book for people of all ages. You have a lot to live up to!!!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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