by Ashley C. Harris
Overview (from B&N.com): A promising gymnast, Donna Young is a shy, quiet nobody from the wrong side of town. The only exciting thing in life is her secret friendship with Ryan, her childhood crush. But after the accident—one that should have killed her—she discovers she has impossible powers! Why now, at sixteen, can she transform into something shocking and inhuman? Donna doesn’t know how to use her new abilities or who she can trust, but unveiling this mystery might lead to conclusions about Ryan that are deadly.
Rich kid, Ryan Applegate is the most popular guy in town. He has a face that should be on a poster in every girl’s bedroom and dates the hottest chick in school. But ever since the big explosion at the town’s power plant, Ryan has been keeping secrets of his own, that if revealed could force him to choose between his family and the girl he’s forbidden to love.
As their electrifying puzzle unfolds, so unfolds a town where friends become enemies, and enemies become unrecognizable and intertwined. Tortured heroes just might be the bad guys, and Donna discovers that her and Ryan’s secrets are powerful enough to destroy everyone… including themselves.
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author’s publicist via Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
My Thoughts: Have you ever wanted or dreamed about having super powers? I definitely have. I’d be willing to put up with any isolation that would bring. It would be really awesome to do something extraordinary and supernatural. Although as most books and movies show, sometimes it’s just not as awesome as we think it would be.
Shock Me is the first book in the Shock Me series. I had minimal expectations for this book and the author surpassed every one of them without breaking a sweat. The writing was pretty good, fairly solid for the young adult genre.
I absolutely loved the main character, Donna. She was so great and was the perfect balance of real life girl and book heroine. The other characters making up Donna’s supporting cast were interesting to read about. Even those that I really didn’t like, I was still interested in reading more about all of them. It also gives readers a more diverse base of characters to relate with.
The writing style was pretty cool. The author switched between the different character’s points of view. That was awesome, especially when it was for the same event/happenstance. It gave the book more depth, where it may have fallen flat if told only through Donna’s eyes.
The plot itself wasn’t the most unusual, but did have a few unexpected little twists. I read through it in one sitting (slightly prolonged) and don’t regret it. It was shorter than I thought it would be, but once you’re reading it didn’t make much of a difference. It didn’t end at an awkward point or an aggravating cliff hanger. It ended and left you with enough unanswered questions that if you enjoyed reading it then you’ll want to read the second book.
I really enjoyed Shock Me. I will be reading the second book when it becomes available. If you’re already a fan of young adult novels then you’ll definitely enjoy Shock Me. If you’re into the superhero idea in a book, you’ll probably enjoy this. And in case there is any doubt, I would recommend Shock Me.
4 out of 5 Bookmarks = I’m really excited about reading the next book in this series when it becomes available.