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Shane Scollins is a freelance writer and author. Originally from New Jersey, he now resides in Upstate New York with his wife, Heather. He has worked as an automotive service manager, a website developer and a computer network engineer. Primarily a science fiction and paranormal novelist, Shane enjoys taking readers on surprising and unexpected journeys that twist reality. He is currently working on his next book.
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Format: eBook ARC
Debut: March 13, 2013
Snuck from: YA Bound
No matter where you are, they’ll find you, and put you in "The GAME".
Candice Laguna’s life is being systematically dismantled, by an unknown force, for a reason she can’t imagine. But she is about to become the unwilling star of a reality game competition the likes of which has never been broadcast to the world.
Just when things get darkest, a mysterious man snatches her from the grips of doom. He is a man who is not what he appears, and not who he says. He has no name and his motivation to help Candice is not what it seems to be.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 49
A trip to the other shore! And with that, I mean a YA book written by a man. It's not something that happens all too often, you have to admit. And, just like the last time if I remember correctly, it just wasn't the same. It was missing something here and there, and felt too indistinct overall. Not that the read was horrible or something, no, it was interesting and all, but it was lacking a sense of self. After reading though it, waiting for a tingly romance moment, I was getting the impression that the style was having no distinguishable style at all. oO It read fluently and was interesting, but didn't have really expressive words that would make you hang on and imagine everything in great detail.
Story development was pretty fast. First, Candice's life is turned upside down, which feels for her like she's losing her head, and then when you though you knew where you were standing with this, the paranormal factor is thrown in. The good kind of confusing, but I didn't feel gripped tightly enough. More like "ooooookay, what is going on now?" instead of "omg, are you serious? that's cool/totally freaky". While I liked the paranormal twist that Scollins has woven in, I still would've hoped for a prolonged arc of suspense, as in Candice and the girls spending more time in Angus's game than one round before being rescued, because the psycho aspect was good and totally not exploited enough for being the plug/hook of the story. It was terrible, but for me not close enough to thriller.
The ending was... interesting story-wise and having you wish to find out more in a sequel, but since it was lacking in the emotional department big time, I'm not so sure if it would actually be worth my while.
Characters! Well, I was more impressed by Angus's twisted mind, Caleb's malice and Rena's thirst for the challenge than by our lead couple. Candice had fight and bravado, a strong female fitting to the title, cover and hook of the story; Lukas had a good heart and endurance, made a good companion, plus that paranormal aspect and his background story, which all make him pretty good on a logical level. They were a nice match too, BUT there wasn't any deep feeling. At least I didn't feel anything, which might be due to the vocab again. I got the weird soul mates part, liked it too, but the whole thing doesn't imprint and stay with you as it should. =(
Overall, it was an interesting read which could have done with a bit more suspense of the real thrilling kind, with interesting characters and having you look for more to discover, but it failed to keep you on edge and have you grasping for air as I would have expected.
Area Scan: Style: 3/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Characters: 3.5/5 -- Suspense: 4/5 -- Action: 4/5 -- Romance: 2.5/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Humor: 3/5 -- Fantasy: 4/5
Discovered: 2+ Hoods