When by Victoria LaurieeBook, English, 336 pages
Debut: January 13, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Suspense, Young Adult
Read First: November 9-11, 2014 | Snuck from: Netgalley -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.
Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client's young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.
Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie's whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it's too late?
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 138
recommended by Lisa @ I'll Tumble for YA
This was an amazing story. I got caught up in the deathdate theme because I was such a fan of the anime Death Note, but even without that I would've been curious about this. It's an interesting base line for a story, no arguing that.
I especially liked that it was a lot less para than it was normal, even though I enjoy vamps and the like very much, it's nice to get something like this into the mix. It was a very good murder/frame mystery story with a paranormal touch, keeping you on your toes with a bit of action, and has you feeling for the characters with lots of the good kind of drama. Plus, the romance was only a smudge, a little island of pink in all the dark chaos, so totally cute it made me smile from ear to ear in that last scene. I thought it was great to not have it take up such a big part and ruin the story along the way.
Maddie and Farraday made an awesome team of heroes in my opinion. He was so reluctant to believe in her, in anything supernatural, logical mind that he is, but if it meant saving a life, he'd try anything. Maddie was just as adamant in wanting to help, not just her friend Stubbs or herself, but also strangers. They made a very nice match characterwise! It always warms my heart when families come patched together like this -- the universe sure has a special way of working things out.
When was my un-put-downable read of 2014, and I'll enjoy re-eading this many, many times, even though I already know how it ends. Because I know it will give me this warm feeling and make me smile all over again, every time. =)
Area Scan: Flow: 5/5 -- Vocab: 4/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Sidekicks: 3/5 -- Villains: 4/5 -- Romance: 3.5/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 3.5/5 -- Suspense: 5/5 -- Idea: 5/5
Discovered: 5+ Hoods