Friday, June 14, 2013

Review: Parallel Visions

Parallel Visions
Parallel Visions by Cheryl Rainfield

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Please note: This book will be available free for your Kindle on Amazon on June 18, 2013. If you've been wanting to read it, it would be a great chance to snag a copy free!

Book Info: Genre: YA Dystopian Fantasy
Reading Level: Young Adult (older Young Adult, at least 16, with parental guidance)
Recommended for: I think most people should read this, if you can work with the triggers
Trigger Warnings: attempted murder, rape, domestic violence, homophobia, suicidal ideation

My Thoughts: This is the first book in a new series called Teen Psychic. It was a very difficult book to read. I spent a lot of it absolutely furious. But I really loved it and think everyone should read it if the triggers don't set you off. Younger readers should have guidance available to deal with issues if necessary.

Let me try to explain without too many triggers. One of the characters is a high-school age lesbian, who is gang-raped and left suicidal. Another is a teen that left school and married her boyfriend, who is now beating her (or is he?). The main character has severe asthma, and when she has an attack, she has visions: visions of the past, visions of the future. But she sees things. Her asthma is so severe she has almost died many times. I know this level of asthma, as a neighbor of ours had the same thing. She died when she was 16 from it. So I know how very dangerous asthma can be. I was absolutely flabbergasted to learn that some kids tease other kids for having asthma! That sort of thing did not happen in my hometown, not after Connie (I was in fifth grade at the time).

At any rate, I'm sort of rambling. This book did a number on my head, it really did. Cheryl Rainfield says, “I write the books I needed when I was a teen.” She doesn't pull punches. She tells it like it is, in all its ugly glory. And I think you should read this book.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: Visions can kill you. Would you risk your life to save someone else’s?

Kate sees psychic visions of the future and the past—but only when she's having an asthma attack. When she "sees" her sister being beaten, she needs more visions to try to save her, along with a suicidal classmate—but triggering her asthma could kill her. Parallel Visions is the story of one brave, caring girl whose unusual gifts put her own life in danger.

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