Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cheryl Rainfield's Parallel Visions

I finished reading Parallel Visions, new YA fantasy by Cheryl Rainfield. I admit, I'm biased. I'm a fan - I follow her on Facebook and her blog. I love that she tackles difficult topics. Her books open doors for parents to bring up these issues with their own kids.

This book is available at Amazon.

The Blurb

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.

A new YA fantasy from the award-winning author of SCARS and HUNTED.

My Review
Parallel Visions by Cheryl Rainfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The main character, an asthmatic girl named Kate, has psychic visions whenever she has an asthma attack. This is an interesting concept I haven't seen done a thousand times before and I'm curious to see where Rainfield will take it. Kate isn't my favorite character - she possesses a naivety that I didn't have as a teen her age so she didn't feel real to me. That may have been the point - she has the type of mother who hovers. It's hard for anyone to blossom under another person's shadow. Kate is the hub of several plot threads that were hinted at for future installments. I expect her to grow as a character in future stories (and I will be disappointed if she doesn't).

That being said, I felt like the real story was just beginning when the novella ended. There's a lot of set-up for future installments of the series.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I admit - I'm biased. I love Cheryl Rainfield because she tackles difficult topics like domestic abuse, rape, and suicide. I strongly recommend her works for parents who want to open discussions about these topics with their own children.

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